I wanted to make something for the new arrival that might help him sleep (fingers crossed!). When Harper was a baby we had a toy with a musical box inside that seemed to work a treat. That toy became really tatty, so I decided to salvage the musical part of it and make a new one for the baby. This toy could alternatively be turned into a rattle if finding a musical box part is tricky.
For this project you will need:
- 3 pieces light grey felt
- Grey embroidery thread
- Black embroidery thread
- Material for elephant’s belly (approximately a 30cm square)
- Toy stuffing
- Musical box element, rattle or bells
- Two elephant body pieces in light grey felt
- One head piece in felt
- One belly piece in your other fabric
- Four ear pieces – 2 in felt and 2 in your other fabric
2. Next, pin your body pieces together and blanket stitch from the back around towards the head.
3. Before sewing the head, pin in the head piece and blanket stitch in place. Sew around the trunk back to the neck.
4. For the belly, line up and pin your other fabric piece to your legs and attach using blanket stitch. Sew the front two legs and tummy part only at this point so there is a gap to add the toy stuffing.
5. Next, pin your ears together. You need one fabric piece on top of one felt piece for each ear. Blanket stitch around the edge of each ear and attach to the head using blanket stitch.
6. Stuff the front of your elephant so he is nice and plump. Then insert your music box and pull the cord through the back of the elephant to become his tail. You want to make sure that you have lots of stuffing around the music box so the elephant is still nice and cuddly.
7. Once you have stuffed the elephant fully, close up the gap in the legs and belly using blanket stitch again.
8. Finally, using black thread, embroider on the eyes using French knots.
~ Laura xx ~