This adorable pull along toy elephant will make the perfect present for a little one.
Finished size: Baby elephant toy, 24 x 18cm, mummy elephant toy, 30.5 x 22cm.
Note: Mummy elephant pull along toy measurements are shown in brackets.
For each elephant, you will need:
- Access to a photocopier
- Tracing paper and pencil
- 40cm of 112cm-wide patterned cotton or corduroy fabric
- 25 x 15cm rectangle of plain coordinating cotton fabric
- 10cm square of white cotton fabric
- Two 8mm (10mm) black toy eyes
- 24 x 12cm (30.5 x 15cm) rectangle of 12mm thick plywood
- 30cm (35cm) of 6mm- diameter wooden dowel
- Four 20mm long M4 machine screws and nuts
- Eight M4 washers
- Four 38.1mm toy wheels
- Four 19.1mm toy wheels
- White satin paint
- Clear satin varnish
- Four screw eyes with 8mm-diameter inner eye
- One screw eye with 6mm-diameter inner eye
- 75cm of coordinating thong
- Matching sewing threads
- Flat paintbrush
- Fine sandpaper
- Polyester toy filling
- Strong wood glue
Suppliers: Mint stars fabric, £10 per metre, Fabric Rehab. Ann Kelle Cool Cord red flowers on pink fabric, £7.50 for half a metre, Celtic Fusion Fabrics. 10mm toy eyes, £3 for 25, 30.5 x 15cm rectangle of 12mm thick craft plywood, 91cm length of 6mm wooden dowel, £1.39, 38.1mm toy wheels, £1 for four, 19.1mm toy wheels, £1 for 12, pack of assorted screw eyes, £1 for 24, all Hobbycraft.
Making the pull along toy paper patterns
On a photocopier, enlarge the patterns so the base measure 26cm for Mummy; and 20cm for Baby. Trace the patterns on to tracing paper, placing the lower and upper gussets and base on folded tracing paper, matching the broken lines to the fold. Mark the arrows, notches, crosses and dots. Cut out the patterns and open out flat.
- Match the arrows to the downward stroke of the corduroy fabric and to the grain of cotton fabrics
- Cut one pair of bodies, one pair of ears, one pair of heads, one lower gusset and one upper gusset from patterned fabric
- Cut one pair of ears and three 10 (13) x 2.5cm bias strips for the tail from plain coordinating fabric
- Cut two pairs of tusks from white fabric
- Snip the notches and mark the darts, crosses and dots on the wrong side of the pieces with a pencil
Making the elephant toy
Note: Take a 6mm seam allowance on Baby and 7.5mm seam allowance on Mummy. Join pieces with right sides together and edges level.
- Pin each patterned ear to a plain ear. Stitch the unnotched edges A-B. Snip the curves, then turn right side out. Press the ears. With patterned sides facing, pin and tack each ear to a body A-B, matching the notches.
- Pin the tusks together in pairs. Stitch the notched edges C-D, leaving the short edges open. Trim the seam allowance to 3mm and clip the curves. Turn right side out. Lightly stuff the tusks. Pin and tack each tusk to the right side of a body C-D.
- Stitch the heads to the bodies E-A-B-C-D-F. Press the seams open. Make a tiny hole at the eye crosses on the heads. Insert the shank of the toy eyes through the hole from the right side. Fix in place on the wrong side with its locking washer, pushing it down as far as it will go.
- Stitch the darts in the lower gusset. Fold the tails lengthwise in half. Stitch the long edges. Trim the seam allowances to 3mm. Turn the tails right side out with a bodkin. Pin one end of one tail to the right side of the lower gusset at G. Pin the other tails either side. Tack the tails in place. Stitch the lower gusset to the upper gusset along the shorts traight edge H-G-H. Press the seam open.
- Plait the tails for 5cm (6.5cm). Fasten a double length of sewing thread to the bottom of the plait. Bind the thread tightly around the plait a few times and secure with a stitch. Trim the tails’ ends 2.5cm (3cm) below the plait. Poke in the ends and slip stitch them closed.
- Carefully snip the lower gusset to just inside dot I. Pin one long edge of the gusset to one head and body. Stitch between dots J-L, stitching J-E-H-I-K-F-L, leaving a 5mm gap at the crosses on the feet. Snip the curves then finger press the seam open. Repeat to stitch the other edge of the gusset to the other head and body, leaving a gap between the notches. Stitch the heads together J-L. Snip the curves then finger press the seam open. Turn the elephant right side out.
Making the pull along toy
- Paint the wood rectangle, which will be the base of the toy, with two coats of white satin paint, sanding lightly between coats. With right sides facing up, glue the small wheels to the centre of the large wheels with strong wood glue. Leave to dry. Use a flat paintbrush to apply two coats of varnish to the wheels.
- Place the base template face down on the underside of the base. Mark the dots and crosses with a pencil to transfer the marks to the wood. Remove the template.
- Make a hole for the screw eyes at the dots with a bradawl. Screw a large screw eye into the holes on the underside, finishing with the eyes parallel with the long side edges.
- Drill a hole through the wood for the machine screws at the crosses. Insert each machine screw through a washer, then up through the underside of the base. With the elephant facing forward, insert the screws up through the gaps in the feet. Slip a washer on to each screw inside the elephant. Fasten a nut securely on to each screw. Stuff the elephant firmly and evenly. Slip stitch the gap neatly closed.
- Saw two 13.5cm (16.5cm) lengths of wooden dowel with a hacksaw. Insert the dowels through the eyes of the screw eyes. Dab the ends of the dowels with strong wood glue and push firmly into the large wheels.
- Screw a small screw eye into the centre of the front edge of the base. Tie the end of the thong to the eye with a double knot.
Safety note: Not to be given to children under four.