DIY Felt Elephants

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Today I’d like to share these soft felt elephants that were shower favors at the Chevron Elephant Baby Shower.    I started admiring cute mini-felt ornaments a few years ago when they were favors at my baby shower.  Last year, I ordered some from Etsy for Gwen’s first birthday party.   I planned to order a set on Etsy for this shower but the cost was proving to be too much for my budget.  This led me to think of alternative ideas and where Michelle’s super talented crafting skills come into play.    Michelle was excited to try and make the felt elephants.     Yay, I am so lucky!

Supplies Needed:  I picked up the felt, stuffing, eyelets, ribbon, embroidery floss & batting at the craft store.  I ordered 1/2 yard of the blue & pink felt to use for the elephant body.  We made 25 owls and have tons of this lovely felt leftover.  They are about 3 inches wide.  Get floss to match all the colors of your felt that you have to sew together. 

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Here are the steps to follow to create your own felt elephant:

1.  Create Shape:  I found a few sample templates but none of them had the trunk curving up so Michelle made her own template.

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2. Trace & cut: body, ears and hearts out of the felt.  We tried a fabric pencil but it wasn’t showing up well so Michelle switched to a black pen.    I like to do all the cutting at once so that I can move onto the next step of the process.

3.  Stich the ears: combine the pink & white pieces together to create the ear.  I used the light pink floss so that it would blend in with the ear colors. 

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Here’s how the completed ears look. 

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4.  Stich ears & heart to body:  It’s important to add the ears & heart to the body before you sew it together.  This makes it easier and looks much nicer to have all the stitching hidden on the inside. 

To for the hearts we used white embroidery floss to add a visual touch to the heart. 

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Since the outer ear is white, we used white embroidery floss here too.  They already look so cute with these two touches added. 

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5.  Add Eyelet for eye:  remember to do this before sewing together.    We forgot and had to improvise to get them all added at the end before the last few stiches. 

6.  Stich & stuff elephant body:  take two elephant pieces and start stitching them together.  As you start to close it, add the batting to the inside trying to get as much inside the two pieces as possible. 

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7.  Attach tail:  add a tail made out of embroidery floss that goes right through the stich around the outside.  After adding the tail keep sewing up the back side and then we are complete. 

All done!!

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I’ve hung the elephants in the closet nobs in the bedrooms so that my kids can enjoy them.  They can also be hung on the Christmas Tree in December.  These are going to be fun to have as party favors.  Hoping all the guests will enjoy their elephant and to remember this special baby celebration. 

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All the Kudos go to Michelle for creating these adorable elephants!!  I was only the project manager and did a little of the cutting/stitching the ears together.    I  am so proud of Michelle and her elephant creations.  She’s so talented and I love seeing how much she enjoyed the process.  Here’s a quote from Michelle, “it really wasn’t that hard.”  She likes to do detailed projects and completing 25 of these owls took patience & time.  THANK YOU Michelle creating lovely gifts everyone will treasure! 

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Also, thank you for saving me $200 from not having to buy these via Etsy at the lovely felt shops.  All the supplies for these felt owls was only $40 and I have so much extra supplies.  In hindsight, I could have spent $20 on supplies and had more than enough.   I could probably make 150 more elephants with the felt if desired.    It’s always hard the first time to gauge how much supplies is needed.  Hopefully this write up will inspire you to create some felt animals to share with your little ones or at a party. 

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19 thoughts on “DIY Felt Elephants

  1. I knew it! They are very cute. Next year, you can make your own ornaments for the exchange (just like the Owl I have from you).

  2. Thanks for the compliment. They were fun to make and seeing the pics again reminds me just how cute they turned out!

  3. I love these! ☺ So cute ☺ Your blog is great btw – really nice consistent format and photo layouts ☺

    • Thank you! I just changed my template recently and am enjoying a new look. Glad you like the felt elephants. I was so happy to have them made by Michelle vs having to buy them.

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