Friday, 20 February 2015

Change of focus

I have begun to branch out from the bags and cases and into soft toys.  Here is one of the first results:

The pattern for this lovely creature came from Love To Make, which I picked up at the end of last week. 

The pattern was great - really easy to follow, and with full sized pattern pieces to trace (great not to have to photocopy and enlarge).  So great that I made four.  It would have been five, but somehow I managed to connect one set of pieces the wrong way.  I can't face unpicking, so will be cutting out another two sets for the other sides of the body!

 From these has come another idea for my Kenya trip, sparked off by a friend.  I am now hunting out patterns online for African animals.  So far I have found a rhino, gecko and monkey to go with the elephant.  Tiger, lion and cheetah to be found, along with any others which look plausible.  My hope is that some of the women can be taught to make these (using worn out clothes as the base fabric) and hopefully sell to tourists in the nearby resorts.
Sharing this at these link parties:

Creativity Unleashed (can't get the button to work!)
Submarine Sunday


  1. What a cutie! I actually think yours looks much friendlier than the one on the magazine cover. My granddaughter would love this! Whoop whoop!!

  2. How cute! Love your new friends!!

  3. What a great idea for the village in Kenya, and these elephants are just so loveable! Great use of old fabric!

  4. I so love elephants. Ever since I saw a National Geographic show on how females take a best friend for life and take care of each other and each other's babies. Denim is a great choice for these. Thanks
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  5. Great idea! Hope your "market expansion" is profitable!

  6. I hate unpicking, too. Your elephants look great and a wonderful idea to help the women to sew more animals.

  7. Your elephants look great! I have a collection of elephant figurines, and I bought a new one yesterday. My mom told me that elephants are good luck, so somehow I ended up with quite a few! lol Anyhoo, thanks so much for linking up at Submarine Sunday!!