Back in 2018 I wanted to create an elephant keepsake to add to my range but I really struggled to find one I like. I bought one pattern and actually made it up in clothes but I didn’t like how it sat!
I looked at some others and browsed all over Pinterest. But every single one had a feature I wasn’t too keen on. One looked too skinny, several had trunks that I thought looked a funny shape. I was starting to despair.
Searching for my perfect elephant keepsake pattern
I searched Etsy, Google and every pattern source I could think of but I couldn’t find a pattern I liked. My priority was having a pattern that would show off the clothes of my customers to the best advantage. I wanted a button jointed elephant because this would fit well with the rest of my range. And I wanted a keepsake that would look consistently good no matter what type of clothing it was made from.
I finally saw photos of a miniature ellie with angled legs. I had found my inspiration…
I started creating my own pattern. I had a customer waiting for me to make her an elephant keepsake from her daughter’s clothes and although she knew that this would be the first ellie I didn’t want to keep her waiting too long.
As I created my elephant pattern to be used for making keepsakes I made the body, arms and legs wide enough to display the patterns and designs of my customer’s precious clothes.
I spent a lot of time getting the ears shaped right. In order to get them to stand out from the head they have fleece sewn inside them. The ears are a perfect position to have your child or loved one’s name and dates embroidered. The embroidery is included in the price of your keepsake.
Baby clothes keepsake
You will need 8-10 babygro’s or an equivalent amount of clothing to make your elephant. Trousers, dresses, t-shirts, hats, bibs and cardis can all be used, whatever clothing has sentimental value to you.
When you are choosing which clothes to have made into your memory elephant it can be a good idea to choose clothes that have patterns and colours that work well together. Clothes with pockets or bows or characters on can make great extra details.
An elephant is perfect to have as a bereavement keepsake, as the phrase goes – ‘an elephant never forgets’. One adult t-shirt is sufficient to make an elephant keepsake, but I can make it from as many items as you would like. It’s about which pieces of clothing hold the most poignant memories for you.
If you would like me to make you a keepsake elephant click here to go to my ordering page.