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Charlie is a most cheerful elephant, easily created from your leftover scraps from other projects. I’ve made no attempt to stick to a particular color theme, just chosen my brightest, more cheerful scraps. No worries about tricky piecing your hexagons – just use this really easy method to achieve great results.
To make this elephant measuring 10" high x 11" long, you’ll need the following supplies:
If making this toy for a young child, please do not use buttons for eyes and decoration. You can substitute black felt for eyes – or embroider them, omit buttons on ears and at base of tail and stitch a fabric or yarn tail into place.
Hexagons must be accurately cut using your AccuQuilt GO!® Fabric Cutter. The GO! Fabric Cutter gives you accurate cuts every time with no measuring or math and saves you so much time. You’ll save hours of cutting time as the GO! cuts fabric up to 90% faster than rotary cutters or scissors.
First, use your GO!® Hexagon-2", 3", 5" (55011) to cut out 50 of each size hexagon. The smaller hexagons will be used for Charlie’s ears and top gusset and the larger ones for the sides of his body.
You will need to resize your template to achieve a 10" high elephant. The dimensions are shown on the templates below. When you’ve printed them to the correct size, cut out two underbodies and two ears in felt.
Place your templates on your white lining fabric and draw around them with your Sharpie or equivalent felt tip pen. You want the line to show through on the reverse of the fabric. Do not cut them out yet.
Cut two side bodies and two ear pieces. Don’t forget to reverse your template before drawing the second pieces and one gusset.
Arrange the larger hexagons on the lining fabric over the shape you drew. Line them up carefully so there are no gaps. You may need to cut them to fit into small spaces at the edges. When you’re happy with the positioning secure in place using spray adhesive or Bondaweb.
Set your machine to a wide zig-zag with a short stitch - as you would use to make buttonholes - and zig-zag over all the joints between the hexagons. This will secure them firmly in place and cover all the raw edges.
Press lightly and turn over.
You can still see the lines you need to cut as the felt tip pen penetrated through the fabric. Cut out your shape and repeat for the second side of the elephant.
Now repeat this process using the smaller hexagons for the top gusset and ears.
Now you’re ready to assemble your elephant. All pieces should be joined with right sides together and a 1/4" seam allowance is included in the pattern.
How to use the GO! Fabric Cutter
to cut GO! Hexagons & Equilateral Triangles
Helen Dickson started her online pattern business, Bustle & Sew, in 2009. She creates designs for patterns that are lively, interesting and fresh, and will inspire others to pick up fabric and thread to produce their own piece of work with all the sense of achievement and satisfaction that brings. She loves stitching and is passionate about sharing with others through her website, blog and monthly e-zine. Connect with Helen at http://bustleandsew.com and find out more about her e-zine at http://bustleandsew.com/magazine.