Hettie the elephant and friends

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Just before last Christmas I decided to dig out my sewing machine and make some little toys for my girls (having collected several unfinished skirts and tops from projects started a few years ago!).

I had bought a Simplicity pattern at a craft fair last year along with some cute multi-coloured spotty material. Looking through my material stash I decided it would go lovely with some Amy Butler fabric.

There were four choices of toys to make in the pattern so I decided to make an elephant for my little baby girl (or Hettie as my 2 year old daughter would say) and a giraffe for my two year old.

Although I had been on a sewing course a few years ago, having since had two babies I really could only remember the very basics of how to use my sewing machine. It was a good project to begin with, with darts being the most complicated technique to master – but I still managed to go wrong on my first attempt!

Nevertheless they were finished by about midnight on Christmas eve with a little help from my husband and Mum!
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