Effie’s Makeover

Well, Effie the Elephant was cute before, but now she’s just too, too, two times as cute.

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Just seemed like she needed a hair bow and a bright flowery blanket with appliques and lots of embroidery.

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I just can’t seem to leave well-enough alone. Now all my other critters look naked.

Might have to do something about that. If so, I’ll be figuring out how to make little bitty hats, scarves, and other teeny tiny fashion accessories.

What d’ya think? Better with clothes, or without?

Jan

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Effie the Elephant

Here’s a little felt elephant I made recently. She’s made out of plain ole craft felt and is about four inches tall. Her name is Effie. Effie Bass Miller was my great-grandmother.

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She has a yellow tail and yellow feet.

The tail is crocheted cotton perle thread, probably size 5. I chained about 12–15 stitches and then turned around and single crocheted back down the chain.  I added a little tassel at the end.

She’s assembled with three strands of embroidery floss.

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Her trunk was too short so I used the half-circle scrap from between her legs to add some length and give her a little personality.

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That’s why the end of her trunk is orange on one side and pink on the other.

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I picked blue for her ears and used blue thread to attach little button eyes.

The trickiest part of the whole assembly was the ears (I made two sets that were too small), getting them in the right spot (they were first too far back, and then too low), and making sure they were lined up on each side of her head.

I might add and embroider a little blanket across her back. If I do, I’ll give you an update.

She makes me smile.

Jan

Speaking of Cats

Here’s a litter of a different sort of cat.  Nothing like Sundance.

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I saw a little cat something like this in a magazine years ago and couldn’t resist making some of my own. This primitive, scrappy little patchwork style can be made into something decorative, or it can be a toy. Or both.

For kids under three skip the buttons and use little patches of felt for the eyes.

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The original cats I made were all one fabric, but where’s the fun in that?

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Don’t you love the silver chain and charm on this turquoise striped one?

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I tracked down a stash of scrappy little pieces of calico that seemed perfect for this project.  But they were very scrappy, with nothing big enough to use.

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So I matched up the colors and prints and stitched them together into pieces I could use.

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I’d been working on some crazy quilt squares when I got distracted by the cats so I was inspired to pick up my embroidery floss and add a little flourish to the seams.

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Cute, huh?

By the way, I have four crazy quilt squares. Two are finished, two aren’t.

Surely I’m not the only one that drops one project for another.

Am I?

Jan

Crocheted Critters

I’ve been crocheting lately and here are some of the things I’ve come up with. Most are from patterns, I adapted a few of the designs, and the little caterpillar is all my doing.

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My Little Fox

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A couple of little whales.

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A pink elephant.

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A big fat lion.

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A dusty pink hippo.

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A seal with a blue beret.

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A peppy little penquin.

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A bright red ladybug.

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“Here chick, chick, chick.”

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A wiggly green caterpillar.

Anyone else crocheting anything fun?

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