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Elephant Soft Toy Project

Soft toy elephant project

This project was written by Lynne Sharpe, owner of The Make It Room craft workshops in Essex. She has a beautiful selection of other soft toy animals patterns in her online shop

This adorable cuddly elephant soft toy is not only a great way to use your fat quarters but makes a great gift for children of all ages.  The finished elephant soft toy is 12 inches long and 9 inches high. 


We have used four fat quarters for this project from the Lewis & Irene Welcome to the World collection

Co-ordinating cotton

Sewing machine

Needles and pins

Toy stuffing

Embroidery thread

Note – This project uses 1 cm/⅜inch seams throughout

Templates – Click: Elephant templates to open the pdf templates to print (please ignore the notes about printing A3 Lynne has resized it to A4 for easy printing on home printers).

If you would prefer to print A3 find the A3 templates below:

Elephant Head Pattern

Elephant Body Pattern

Note : You will need to tape together pieces for the body and underside of the elephant. Line up the matching numbers and tape together as show in the picture below. Do this before cutting the fabric.

Elephant toy free pattern

Use the pattern pieces to cut the elephant sections as instructed on the paper. 

How to make a toy animal

Take the two underbelly/leg sections and place right sides together, pin along the top edge, leaving a 10cm gap in the centre. Stitch together with the sewing machine, back stitching at either end of the opening. Press seam open.

How to sew a soft toy elephant

Next make the elephant’s ears.  Place the ear sections right sides together and pin around the curved edges, machine together. Snip into the seam allowance all the way around the curved edges then turn out to the right side and press with the iron, make sure all the edges are curved nicely.

Use a small amount of toy stuffing in the ear and then top stitch 1 cm away from the edge of the ear using a longer stitch than usual.  Fold in the open edges of each ear and press.

Adorable soft toy project

To make the elephant’s head section, pin the pieces right sides together and leave neck edge and end of the trunk open.  Snip seam and turn to the right side and press.

how to sew soft toys

Take one back section and place the  back insert, match dot A and B  with the same points along the back, pin and repeat with the other side, use the machine to sew in position, leave 1 cm unstitched at each end.

How to sew toys for children

Once both sides have been stitched, sew the rest of the back seam from the insert stitching to the neck edge.

Soft toy projects to sew

Take the joined underbelly/leg pieces and place right sides together on the inside leg sections and pin around both sides and machine both sides.  Clip seams to make curves turn nicely.

Note : You do not sew the bottoms of the legs, you will be attaching circles there later to make the feet.

Stuffed elephant pattern

With the head section turned to the right side and the body inside out, insert head into the neck opening making sure that the top seams are aligned.  It may be necessary to sew the neck seam closed a little more to ensure it fits. Stitch in place.

Sewing Directory Tip – We found it easier to sew half the neck seam then remove the needle and reposition the fabric to sew the other half because it’s quite a small opening. 

How to stuff a soft toy

Pull the whole elephant through the gap in the tummy join.  Start to stuff the elephant, insert a small amount of stuffing at a time, fill the trunk first, then the head, the top of the body, then the legs and lastly the centre section. 

Learn to sew soft toys

Once the elephant is stuffed, sew up the hole in his belly and use the circles to complete the feet.  Fold the edge of the bottom of the legs over and pin, tuck the edges of the circle inside the edges and use the pins to secure.

Easy soft toy pattern to make

Hand stitch around each foot using a needle and thread.  Cut a small circle and complete the end of the trunk in the same way.

Projects to sew for kids and babies

Pin the ears to each side of the head and stitch in place by hand.  Fold under the flap at the back of the elephant’s body and stitch. You could add buttons as eyes, or felt eyes at this stage.

How to make a tassle
Sewing your own toy elephant

Use embroidery floss to make a small tassel.  Wind the thread around a piece of card, cut the ends and tie together at the top, attach using a length of the thread.  Fix to the rear end of the elephant!

Then your elephant is all finished.

How to make a toy elephant

If you’d like to try Lynne’s other soft toy animal patterns which include a badger, mouse, hippo, bunny and monkey please view her online shop.