Free Pattern & Tutorial: Henry & Helga Plushies
up, my mom collected elephants – so I have always loved them. These make great
little snuggle buddies for little ones or decorations for a nursery. And since
they come together so quickly, they make great gifts. The pattern is available
in two sizes, large and small – so you can make one, or a whole little family
seam allowance throughout. Read your pattern pieces BEFORE cutting, two of them
require you to add a seam allowance along one edge. Pinning will really help
keep seams matched up, but I DO NOT recommend sewing over pins! Press all your
pieces well before and during sewing.
You need to add a seam allowance to a couple pieces. I don’t measure them
exactly, eyeballing it is just fine! This is how mine are pinned – about 1/2 in
between – then I just cut up the middle. (My fabric here is folded wrong sides
together, so I’m cutting both the left and right pieces at the same time. I
recommend doing this to keep the pieces exact.)
them right sides together.
You’re going to sew just the curved edge, leaving the straight side open for
turning. Repeat with second set of ear pieces.
the main body pieces. The raw edge of the ear will lay against the raw edge of
the body piece.
between. Pin in place and sew along the straight edge.
naturally face that way when you flip the ear back.)
eye will be, and iron on your interfacing piece.
use a stitch on my machine that just happens to look a little like an oval:
I strongly recommend the interfacing if it’s machine or hand stitched –
otherwise the fabric could tear. (Since these are meant for little ones, I
would avoid button eyes.)
dot on the front where the top of my stitched eye will start. This helps keep
from the front to the back and tie a small knot. Since reversing/securing the
stitch isn’t an option with decorative stitches, I do this to make sure it
doesn’t pull out over time.
note in regard to sewing this in the smaller size. I still cut the tail piece
the same size and sew it the same way. I just shorten it when I’m finished.***
sure you catch both sides.
place and pin. Keep in mind that the tail will hang whatever direction you
stitch it. So, decide if you want it angled up or down and place it
Leave about 1/4 inch out, just to make sure it gets caught in the seam
and seams. Pin in place.
stitching. A straight edge is ideal for this – much easier to sew up once
you’re done. Mark your start and stop points with double needles or different
Take your time! Be sure to secure your start and stop stitches near the opening
so it doesn’t unravel when you turn it right side out.
don’t snip through your stitches!! The inner and outer edges of the trunk and
belly are the most important curves to cut. (Though I tend to just snip almost
the whole way around. It goes a long way in helping things lay correctly when
corners. I use a chopstick for this, it’s perfect!! (I don’t know about y’all,
but I always have more than a few of those laying around! Take out anyone?)
to take small pieces of filling and push them into the trunk first. I then use
the chopstick to poke filling into all the nooks and crannies. Fill to your
desired firmness. (I recommend less filling if it’s meant for very little ones.
Far easier for them to hold on to!) Once you’re happy with the filling amount,
sew up the opening with a blind stitch.