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How To’s Day: Endearing Elephants by Sweetbriar Sisters for Camelot Fabrics

July 29th, 2014 by Camelot Fabrics

Hi everyone!






Happy Tuesday! We hope everyone is having a terrific day so far. Have you entered our Licensed Fabrics Giveaway on our Facebook Page yet? We are giving away 5 yards of some of your favorite licensed fabrics from Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel Comics, and more. Be sure to enter because tomorrow is the last day. We will be announcing the winner on all our social media handles and blog, so be sure to check to see if you have won :)


Onto this week’s How To’s Day. As you know, we have been excitedly updating our Free Projects Library on our website these past couple of months, and cannot be more proud or pleased with the current projects. They are a great mix of in-house patterns and outsourced projects from some very incredible & crafty pattern designers. Today we wanted to feature the tutorial from one of our outsourced projects by Sweetbriar Sisters because they are just the cutest things. They have been happily hanging out with us here in the Camelot Design Studio office, and they definitely make our days a little brighter. They are just too adorable!


Today we wanted to debut our Endearing Elephants Tutorial by Sweetbriar Sisters. This super sweet mother/baby elephant duo makes our hearts swoon with their lovable faces, soft and delicate ears, and bright designs. We absolutely adore how the trunks can hook onto one another, to showcase the love and bond between them. We decided to use our Fruit Stand by Jane Farnham Collection, which makes these elephants modern and pretty, perfect for an elegant nursery or kid’s room.




We have seen “fancy” toy animals in many retail stores, and they are very exquisite, but they can also be very costly. Our elephants are perfect for creating a contemporary, but fun kid’s space – great for decorating and for playing with! These elephants are truly endearing, and the girls at Sweetbriar Sisters did an incredible job. We absolutely love our new office friends, and want to thank Sweetbriar Sisters for an amazing pattern! Be sure to check out all of their other patterns here.




Want to create your own Endearing Elephants mother/baby duo? Click MORE for the full, free tutorial and pattern.

Endearing Elephants Tutorial
Sweetbriar Sisters for Camelot Fabrics




Tools & Supplies:
– The follow SKUs from Fruit Stand by Jane Farnham:
*Fat Quarter of Fabric A: 1240204 #3 for the Mama’s Body
*Fat Eighth of Fabric B: 1240201 #3 for the Mama’s Ear
*Fat Quarter of Fabric C: 2140204 #2 for the Baby’s Body
*Fat Eighth of Fabric D: 2140207 #1 for the Baby’s Ear
– yarn in coordinating colors: 36” for the Mama, and 12” for the Baby
– embroidery floss in contrasting color
– fiber stuffing or fabric scraps
– paper printer
– basic sewing supplies:
– sewing machine
– iron & pressing surface
– needle & coordinating thread
– scissors & fabric shears
– straight pins
– fabric marker


1. Please wash, dry & iron your fabric before beginning.
2. A 1/4” seam allowance is included in the template. Unless otherwise indicated, please use this allowance for all seams.


1. Print the Endearing Elephants template at 100% of its actual size, and cut out the pieces.
2. Trace the template pieces onto folded double layers of the appropriate fabric as indicated on the template, and cut out the pieces in fabric. You should have (2) of each piece, mirror images of one another.
3. Mark the tail & ear placements on the Wrong Sides of your fabric as indicated on the pattern pieces.
4. Cut your yarn into (6) 6” lengths for the Mama’s tail, and (3) 4” length’s for the Baby’s tail.


1. Sew each A-B and D-C pair of Ear pieces together, Right Sides facing, leaving their straight edges open.
2. Press the seam open and turn the Ears Right Sides out.
3. Sew a Head piece to its matching Body piece, Right Sides together, with an Ear piece sandwiched between them. The Ear’s accent fabric (B or D) should be against the Body piece.
Note: make sure that the Ear is placed between the “Ear Placement” marks on the Body piece.

4. Tie all the yarn pieces for the Mama’s tail together with a knot at one end, and braid the remainder. Repeat with the Baby’s tail.


5. Tack your braided tail to the “Tail Placement” mark on one of the appropriate elephant’s Body pireces as shown, with the loose end toward the fabric’s edge.
6. Tuck the Ears against their Body pieces to keep them out of the way, and sew each pair of Elephant sides together, Right Sides facing. Leave a gap at the Elephants’ back legs as shown. Clip your corners, press the seams open and turn your Elephants Right Side out.
7. Un-pin the Ears, stuff your Elephants and sew the gaps closed by hand.
8. Embroider an eye on each side of the Elephants’ faces with a satin stitch.



We really hope you have enjoyed this week’s How To’s Day. These elephants are just too adorable, they make our hearts swoon. You can also download the Free PDF on our website for these sweet elephants. Be sure to send some love to the wonderful girls at Sweetbriar Sisters. If you decide to give this free pattern a try, we would love to see! You can send us all your project pictures to Have a great rest of the day! :)







Happy Sewing!

20 Responses to “How To’s Day: Endearing Elephants by Sweetbriar Sisters for Camelot Fabrics”

  1. July 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm, Lelania said:

    I do so love these ellies and what perfect fabric choice, love your blog thanks for sharing!!

  2. July 31, 2014 at 2:31 pm, Marilyn S said:

    So cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. August 03, 2014 at 7:43 am, Nancy Karchunas said:

    Can’t wait to make this.

  4. August 03, 2014 at 7:44 am, Nancy Karchunas said:


  5. August 07, 2014 at 5:30 pm, Quilting Jeannie said:

    These are so stinking cute! I have to make them! Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. November 18, 2014 at 7:33 am, Sheila Perl said:

    Love the little elephants! Thank you for the pattern and tutorial!

    • November 19, 2014 at 11:20 am, said:

      Hi Sheila! So happy you love them as much as we do! :)

  7. November 18, 2014 at 2:16 pm, Karen Falzon said:

    I have pinned these awaiting news of any grandchildren in the future, although they are sooo cute might have to make one earlier

    • November 19, 2014 at 11:20 am, said:

      They are adorable! So glad you love them too! :)

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