This, everyone, is Helga. My endearing little elephant softie. Do you like her flappy yellow ears? I do!
A soft and sweet softie.
Helga was a very simple softie to sew. A perfect project, I think, for a beginner to practise some basic skills and experience success. I did have to unpick the seam I sewed to join her two sides together because I realised (too late, of course) that I needed to have most of her tail inside her tummy when I sewed her up so that she would actually have a tail when I turned her right-side out! Little things...
Once I had sewn successfully almost all the way around her, to join her two sides, I turned her right-side out and the rest was easy.
Right side out. A little thin for an elephant though!
The blunt end of a knitting needle helps to push stuffing into corners and curves.
I looked at these very helpful tips and tricks for stuffing softies here and watched this You-Tube tutorial on how to use ladder stitch to close the opening (see photo above) so it's practically invisible.
Finished and ready for cuddles.
Now she is a plump elephant! She is ready too for a journey through the post to a little child in need of a special softie to carry and cuddle. I'm sending her to the Mirabel Foundation as part of the Softies for Mirabel Handmade Toy Drive which I found out about here on Pip Lincolne's blog, Meet Me at Mikes. She will be matched up with just the right little person. I wonder what name her small owner will give her? I'm pretty sure it won't be Helga! I hope they will like her flappy yellow ears, perfect for whispering fears and dreams into.
I hope you have a lovely weekend that is as sunshiny and bright as Helga's yellow ears!