My new "Pickles The Elephant" sewing pattern just came out this week! Elephants usually go wild for peanuts but you can guess what this elephant likes. So I figure if your sewing up Pickles the Elephant, she might need some pickles as well. Here's the free tutorial and you can print the PDF version here.
Supplies Needed: 4" x 6" rectangles of green felt, a lighter green embroidery floss, a sewing machine or needle and thread, and some fiberfill
Instructions:Start by cutting 4 of the pickle pieces from the felt.
Pin two pieces together and sew from the center of the top to the center of the bottom. Repeat this step for the remaining two pieces. This stitching can be done by machine or hand.
Next join the two sets together. Do this by inning two of the un-sewn sides together and then the remaining un-sewn sides together. Make sure all four of the top pieces are at the top of the pickle and the same for the four bottom pieces.
Sew the two sides just as you did in the previous step. This time leave a 2 1/2" gap in the middle of one of the seams. This will be for turning.
Clip the edges of the felt every 1/4" and then turn the pickle inside out. fill the pickle with fiberfill. Hand stitch the opening closed.
With the green embroidery floss, tie a knot in the end of the thread and start at the top of the pickle. Send the needle through, leaving the knot and loose threads exposed. Stitch up and down down the side of the pickle until you get to the bottom center. Turn your needle around and stitch up and down back up to the top. Continue these stitches all the way around the pickle. Once your stitching has finished, bring the needle up through the top center again. Tie a knot and trim the excess floss. Be sure to leave about 1/4" of floss for the stem.
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