Here’s a tutorial for a plush elephant. It requires just a basic level of sewing skills (it’s recommended you use a machine for most of it), and can be made out of repurposed materials — old sweatshirts, sweaters, flannel shirts, upholstery fabric, anything that has some sturdiness to it.
You’ll need to choose two main fabrics: Fabric A, for the main body, Fabric B, for the underbelly. Avoid anything sheer, flimsy, or too stiff — you want something durable, flexible, and soft.
You can find the pattern pieces for download (along with these instructions as a tidy little pdf booklet) for $3.00 at Etsy here. If you have any questions, just write to razblint(at)gmail(dot)com.
Here we go!
The materials you need:
Fabric A, 1/2 yard
Fabric B, 1/4 yard
Felt squares: 1 white, 1 Green, 1 Blue, 1 Purple, 1 Red
Part 1: CUT
Cut the pattern pieces from the downloaded sheets (and if you then trace & cut them from a light stiff cardboard, like a cereal box, then they will be easier to use).
Cut 2 Body Pieces from Fabric A
Cut 1-on-fold Underbelly Piece from Fabric B
Cut 2 Ear Pieces from Fabric A
Cut 2 Ear Pieces from Fabric B
Cut 2 Eye Pieces from White Felt
Cut 2 Eye Shadow Pieces from Green Felt
Cut 2 Eye Balls from Blue Felt
Cut 4 Paws from Purple Felt
Cut 1 Snout from Red Felt
Part 2: APPLIQUE
Sew Eyeball onto Eyepiece, repeat
Sew Eyepiece onto Eye Shadow piece, repeat
Sew Eye onto Body Piece, as marked, repeat for other set
Part 3: EARS
Sew One Fabric A Ear Piece to One Fabric B Piece, from point X to point Y. repeat
Turn the ears right side out
Stuff them until they are plump
Turn the raw edges in, pin them close
Sew along pins
Stitch the ears to the body piece, on the marked line, using an overcast stitch if possible
Part 4: BODY
Sew one Body piece to the Underbelly piece, from point A to B, then from C to D, then E to F (Be sure to leave gaps at the leg openings!). Repeat for other Body piece and second half of Underbelly
Sew two Body pieces together, from point J to K – leave a gap, and then from N to O
Part 5: STUFF & FINISH!
Turn your elephant right side out through the gap along its top
Stuff it plump – paying special attention to making the legs stiff enough to stand up straight
Handsew one paw to one leg, repeat for remaining three
Handsew snout to the trunk
Handsew the gap along the top closed
And there you are: ELEPHANT!