Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Elephant Cushion...and giveaway!

There are a lot of people I promised this to, but due to the inexplicable breakdown of my scanner, I have been unable to do it until now.  So now we have: new scanner (whoop! I love my new scanner.) and the ability, finally, to scan elephants.  Not whole elephants, of course (blimey, just imagine it), just flat ones made of felt.  Cushion sized so to speak.
This cushion was first made for my god-daughter for her first birthday, and then after I gave it to her I made another one as a store sample for the lovely organic Mod Basics range for Birch.  Although really I made it again because I was sad I had given it away (even if it was to a very good home).

You will need:
 The pattern pieces, downloaded from here
Main Fabric (Yellow Dottie) - Fat Quarter
Backing Fabric (Coral Elephants) - Fat Quarter
Solid Pink - 10cm square
Solid Green - 10cm square
Solid Teal - 10cm square
Solid Aqua - Fat Eighth
Dottie Green - 10cm square
Dottie Teal - 10cm square
Dottie Coral - Fat Eighth
Silver Grey Woolfelt - 30cm x 45cm
Strawberry Dream Woolfelt - 10cm x 45cm
Black Woolfelt - Scrap
White embroidery floss - scrap!
Bondaweb - 50cm
Toyfill
(This may seem like a lot of bits, but it's really mostly scraps with some felt and 2 fat quarters, honest!)

How to put it all together:

1.  Print out your pattern pieces.  Before you do anything else, you need to reverse them otherwise all your pieces will be the wrong way around (the best way to do this is to hold the pattern sheets up to a window the wrong way around, and trace the lines on the other side of your paper).  Trace out your elephant onto the paper side of your bondaweb, joining the pattern pieces as marked.  Always use the bondaweb as sparingly - trace as close to the edge as possible!

2.  Roughly cut out the elephant (not on the lines, about an inch all around), and iron this piece onto your grey felt.  Now cut it out exactly on the lines.  Put to one side.

3. With your remaining bondaweb and the same method, cut your inner ear out of the dottie coral, and your droplets out of the solid aqua.  To know how many droplets to cut out, decide what word you want.  The first time I made this cushion, I did my God-daughter's name 'Hester'.  This time, I wrote 'hello'.  Ideally you want to keep it between 4 - 6 letters.  Put to one side.

4.  Cut out your letters from the strawberry dream felt.  If you have any left you can use the bondaweb, if not, just cut them straight out.  Put to one side.
Half Square Triangles
5.  Half square triangles:
Take a 10cm piece of a solid and a dottie in one colour, and lay face to face.  Draw a line from corner to corner (fig. a).  Sew a 1/4" seam on each side of the line (fig. b), then cut down the line (fig. c).  Open out the triangles, and iron flat (fig. d).  With a 1/4" seam, sew a row together using the main picture as a guide.
fig. a
fig b
fig. c
fig. d
6.  Take your dottie yellow fat quarter, and cut down to 55cm x 35cm (as close as possible).  Join your strip of triangles to the bottom edge of the yellow fabric, making sure to centre as much as possible.  You may lose some of the first and last set of triangles.

7.  Iron on your elephant to the left hand side of the yellow fabric, leaving at least an inch around the edges.   Sew all around the edges - I used a pink thread to highlight against the grey.

8.  Cut your outer ear out of the remainder of your grey felt, and iron your inner ear centrally to it.  Stitch down one side twice to secure to the elephant head, using the pattern piece marking as a guide.  Your ear should remain flapping. (note: I liked the idea of a small pocket for secrets behind the elephants ear, but never actually got around to it.)

9.  Using the remaining bondaweb, cut out your eye and iron onto the elephant head.  Stitch the eye highlight with white embroidery thread.

10.  Place all your droplets, and the letters inside them, to look as though they are spraying out of the elephants trunk.  You may have to fiddle about with the layout to get it to work properly - each cushion will vary according to what letters you are using.  Once you're happy with the layout, iron on the droplets, and stitch around the edge with the pink felt.  Then either iron (if you used the bondaweb) or pin on your letters, and sew centrally through each letter.  Go slow, don't worry too much about perfection (if you are using pink thread, you won't see it much in the pinky red felt!).


11.  That's your cushion top completed!  Next, cut your elephant backing fabric to the same size as your finished piece, and right sides facing.  Sew around all four edges, leaving a 5" (approx) for turning and stuffing.  Turn the right way out, and poke all your corners with your fingers leaving nice sharp corners.  Then stuff, stuff, stuff, as firm as you can.  Once you're all stuffed out, ladder stitch the edge closed tightly.  And that's it, we're at the end!


But hang on, I hear you say.  In the title, you promised us a giveaway... Well, we've put together these lovely bundles to make the cushion (they contain the felt and fabric, but not stuffing or bondaweb) - you can purchase them here - and we're going to give away a bundle to one of you. 

All you need to do is leave a comment on the blog naming a famous elephant.  Yes, a famous elephant.  We tried this in the shop earlier - and once you get past the obvious, there are surprisingly few, I think.  I'm going to leave this open until this time next week, and then I'll randomly generate a winner!


143 comments:

  1. Well I suppose the obvious one is Nellie! or Barbar(my favourite!) or Elmer??

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  2. Jumbo! The original Jumbo that belonged to P T Barnum.
    Sue x

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  3. Dumbo!! Oh...Disney. I forgot about Babar. My kids loved those books. The cushion is lovely. My granddaughter would love it.

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  4. Nellie, Dumbo or Babar first sprung to mind. But really Elmer would be the most appropriate being made of patchwork. But I see they've already been listed.

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  5. gorgeous tutorial! Right, let's think. So there's Nellie of course with his trunk, and Dumbo, Babar the king? I think he was a king. well that's it, I'm all out of elephants!

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  6. Lulu, the elephant that pooped live on Blue Peter!
    Love elephants & love your cushion :)

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  7. Well I'll have to name Celeste, Barbar's wife; cute cushion, thanks for the chance x

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  8. Oh I love elephants :) hmm some of the obvious one have gone. Tantor from Tarzan :) ok he's a cartoon character and Horton from Dr Seuss I watch far too much telly!!

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  9. colonel Haithi from jungle book! and all the above, of course!

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  10. Think I'll be gojng with the obvious today, as I'm too tired to turn the brain on properly! Nellie the elephant :-)

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  11. Elmer the Patchwork Elephant - I remeber those books form when I was young

    Karen S
    twannywun at hotmail dot com

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  12. Hattie from New York City's Central Park Zoo, she lived around 1903 and she was described as the 'most intelligent of all elephants'

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  13. My son says "Trunkey!" that's his favorite stuffed animal and famous in this house. Ok...Dumbo.

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  14. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Bump the elephant! (adorable!) or Mrs Large and her kiddies from Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy! Great kids book :-) x

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  15. Ruby was an elephant who lived at the Phoenix Zoo and painted pictures. One sold for $25,000. Wikipedia link - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_(elephant)

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  16. babar the elephant was my first thought, but what about Lulu who run amok on Blue Peter all those years ago? It makes me giggle every time I see it!

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  17. Cute cushion, and a really clear tutorial too. All of the elephants already named have come to mind, but I think my favourite was the Colonel in Disney's Jungle Book, and I empathised greatly with Mrs Large when my two boys were young.

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  18. Here in Germany we have "Benjamin Blümchen" (it's a very popular audio book series) - every child knows him. When I was a child I had a lot of Benjamin Blümchen cassettes and I loved it!

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  19. Elmer the patchwork elephant, he's my daughters favourite! Ange

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  20. What a beautiful cushion! Love the idea of a secret pocket behind the ear :-)
    My first thought for a famous elephant was Dumbo, then Nellie. Reading the other comments gave me Babar and Elmer too. How could I have forgotten Elmer!
    Great idea to have little kits, thanks for the chance to win.

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  21. I'll go for jumbo, here is the link to the wikipedia page about him if you are as geeky as me and want to know more! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumbo).
    He is the reason for the word jumbo being used to describe something large! (hooray for QI!)

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  22. Errr...famous elephants? Right, here goes nothing! Nellie, Elmer, Barbar, Celeste (his wife, I think), Jumbo, Dumbo...the pink elephants on Fantasia (although I may be making them up!)...and I think that's me done! You do know that I'm going to be thinking about this for the next few days, don't you?!!
    P.S. How about the elephant on the Rolo advert?! No name but a very good memory for boys that tease!

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  23. My absolute favourite elpehants are Barbar abd Celeste, I just loved the books about them. Of course there is also Dumbo from the disney film and Elmer from the books that my children loved (I used to draw huge pictures of him for them to colour in). I am sure there are others but my heart lies with Barbar. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  24. I name this elephant Barbar God bless him and all who lay their head on him!

    Lovely cushion

    Jakix

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  25. Oh I loved Babar as a kid... There was Darnell who was a small part elephant in Madagascar (or it could have been the penguins spin off cartoon)

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  26. Elmer the Patchwork elephant is quite appropriate I'd say! Bizarre stories but nice to look at! thanks for a great tutorial, I have some birthday presents to make...this might just be one of them!

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  27. I really really love this cushion! I am definitely going to make some for the little people in my life :)
    I can't think of any elephants that haven't already been said but the first one that came into my head was Dumbo. Awwww Dumbo!

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  28. Elmer the patchwork elephant...love the colours of the cushion!

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  29. Am going with Elmer! Love this cushion. x

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  30. Babar was my favourite when I was little! Gorgeous cushion!

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  31. Flying Jumbo :) I love that character

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  32. Such a sweet cushion with a great tutorial! I would love to make the cushion with the giveaway bundle.
    Dombo comes up in my mind immediately, when I think of a famous elephant. It is the Dutch name for Dombo.
    Then, there is also Sidney the elephant from a very old movie. Looking for a mother ...

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  33. Cute! My first though was obviously Elmer! And then his cousin Wilbur, and also Eldo and Rose from the same stories. Probably more but I can't think of them now!

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  34. Nelly the Elephant.....brings back memories of singing when i was little. I love this cushion!












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  35. I can only think of Dumbo, Elmer and Nellie! There's lots of elephants in The Jungle Book, but I don't remember any of their names... And I can't think of any more elephants at all aside from them!

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  36. My favourite famous elephant is barbar - used to love that show! But a local (well, local to Essex, UK) famous elephant is Tanya the elephant, a resident at Colchester Zoo. And I share a name with her :D x

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  37. My favorite is Dumbo and I remember loving the Barbar books.

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  38. Jumbo - because he must have been the biggest of them all!

    dfne(at)peterjh(dot)wanadoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  39. Wendy the elephant was the last elephant who lived at Bristol zoo, she came to Bristol in 1961 and died at the age of 42. She was much loved by us Bristolians! xx

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  40. Dumbo or Elmer. I can't think past the obvious ones I'm afraid.

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  41. Huffty! Sadly I am trapped in a world of cBeebies at the moment and "Rah Rah the Noisy Lion" is a bit of a favourite in this house...

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  42. Our favourite is the Heffalump from Winnie the Pooh.

    Thanks for a great giveaway - it's a gorgeous cushion and I'd love to make one for our neighbour Esther who's one this week!

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  43. I'll go for Nellie as on a first aid course we were taught to do chest compressions to the tune of Nellie the Elephant in order to get our timing correct!

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  44. The first one that came to mind was the elephant in Rob Patrinsons "WatervFor Elephants" but the name escapes me at this time so the other one I remember is Barbar. I loved reading the books to my children when they were young mainly for the pictures!

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  45. I'll go with Mary (a quite sad tale, indeed. she's also known as murderous Mary)

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  46. Well, guess I'll have to name a few actually! Babar and his family, Dumbo of course, and the hindu god Ganesha, well known to all shoolchildren in India, the source of wisdom!

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  47. I don't know if there's a famous elephant named Ellie, but there should be! I like it-Ellie the elephant. Such a cute pillow!

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  48. Just for fum I looked up famous elephants on Wikipedia, take a look there is quite a long list.

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  49. Famous elephant at our house: Pong the Elephant...he was one of the elephants living at an elephant rescue organization in Thailand, and he painted a beautiful picture that now hangs on our living room wall! People always think it's modern art, but it's even better, it's elephant art!

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  50. The first elephant that came to mind was Dumbo!!! I loved that movie when I was little!

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  51. Dumbo and Junbo come to mind. I can't think of any others. Thanks for a great pattern and giveaway.

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  52. Oh dear, Dumbo was the best I could come up with too! Cute cushion though, thanks for the chance to win :o)

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  53. How about Hanno, the rare pink elephant? I love the cute pillow. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  54. How about Horton Hears a Who? He was cute! Beautiful pillow!

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  55. Mighty Mary, sentenced to hang by crane in Kingsport, TN (ridiculous, as she was only defending herself from a stupid animal abuser).

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  56. My first thought was Babar! Loved that story as a child. Thanks for the reminder and the giveaway.

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  57. I love your pillow, it is so adorable :) I have a lot of grand daughters who would love to have a cute little pillow like that! Babar is my favorite famous elephant.

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  58. He is really cute! Thank you for the tutorial.
    I think that his name is Babar.

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  59. Apart from the obvious, Nellie, Dumbo, Elmer etc I know of two elephants called Castor and Pollux who lived in Paris zoo and were eaten during a Siege.
    History was never my strongest subject, I remembered the elephants but not the date or who laid siege to Paris!

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  60. Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. We read that book at least once a week! Thanks for the giveaway! That pillow is gorgeous!

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  61. I don't know the name of my elephant but it's the elephant that I got to ride! When I was little, you could get a ride on an elephant at the circus. So I did. Seriously prickly hair on their backs but it was fun and I obviously still remember it, a few *cough many cough* years later.

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  62. Three names I remeber of famous elephants Dumbo Babar and the patchworkelephant Elmar. Such cute pillow you designed.lia.vandenbrand@live.nl

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  63. Colonel Hathi is the chief elephant in the Jungle Book. I loved that film when I was little!

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  64. Hmmm... I can't get past Babar, Dumbo & Rosie without cheating. Love, love, love the pillow & bundle.

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  65. The first famous elephant I ever met was Dumbo. I got him on a trip to Disney World when I was in 2nd grade. I think he's hiding in my moms attic.

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  66. Elma from the colourful childrens books is my favourite famous elephant x

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  67. I like Dumbo the best. i love that movie.

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  68. white elephant! those of us of a certain age know white elephants, and even have a few. we even had parties for white elephants! [a white elephant party was a gathering where you brought your unwanted, useless object and traded it off for something you liked that was someelse's white elephant.]

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  69. I remember babar the elephant and his family on the tv from when I was younger!

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  70. Humphrey the elephant has always been a favourite. Great giveaway, fingers crossed!

    Karen x

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  71. Barbara was always my favorite to read to the kids. And who could resist Dumbo at Disneyworld! Great pillow pattern, thank you

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  72. Dumbo, Nellie and Babar ... love the cushion ... very cute ... thanks for the chance to take part ... Bee :)

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  73. Ruby (was an Asian or Indian elephant famous for her art. She lived in the Phoenix Zoo and was born in approximately 1973. She was sent to the zoo when she was only a year old. Ruby’s talent was discovered when she was seen scratching shapes into the sand with a stick. Once handed a brush and paints, her career began. One of her paintings sold for $100,000. Sadly, Ruby was put to sleep after a problematic pregnancy in 1998.) fun contest!! Thanks for the chance to win :-)

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  74. Elephants are my favourite animals, my favourite famous real life elephant is Sir Roger who is on display in Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow. Fictional elephant would have to be Babar. Love your cushion it's sweet! Thank you.

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  75. Love the pillow!!

    And love reading the elephant comments!

    How about Rosie from Water for Elephants? Great book!

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  76. I have a soft spot for Rosie from the novel 'Water for Elephants'. I have fond memories of Jubilee who was born at our local zoo, Chester, in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Year of 1977.
    Thanks for the cutest giveaway!

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  77. My first thought was Dumbo, then Elmer, then Heffalump. What a great cushion, I love it!

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  78. We love Babar in our family... but the one that is King in our house is Eddie the Elephant in the Maisy books!

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  80. Elmer the patchwork elephant - my little boy loves him!

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  81. HELLO! Oh I have to name 'Dumbo'! I've love that little fella forever!
    Thanks so for your blog+a chance to win!
    HAPPY STITCHING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  82. dumbo the elephant the cartoon thanks

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  83. I immediately thought of Dumbo but there is the glue with an elephant whose name I think is Elmer -- so Elmer's Glue... vague childhood image in my head so that could be totally wrong!! Super tutorial - thank you!!!

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  84. Bluebell... I have it on good authority that that is the name of Hannibal's war elephant :)

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  86. Babar the Elephant is the first famous elephant I knew.

    Zoe
    sheepity812@yahoo.co.uk

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  87. I love your pillow - elephants were always my oldest daughter's favorites. Dumbo was her favorite but she called him "einie". Don't know why.

    Lovely fabric.

    Thank you

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  88. In Toronto, Ontario when we were growing up, there was a fictional character named Elmer the Safety Elephant that the police used to teach us safety rules when they came in to visit the schools. awolk at rogers dot com

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  89. Rosie - the elephant in water for elephants.
    lguilboATgmailDOTcom

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  90. What a cute pillow. My sister is blind, and she collects elephants. I would love to
    make this for her. There are quite a few "famous" elephants: Dumbo, Babar, Jumbo.
    We live close to the St. Louis Zoo, and the first elephant born there is named Raja,
    and he is famous around here. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  91. i am from tenn. and here we have a elephant sanctuary and they got an elephant named "Delhi". she was 50yrs when they got her and had been in the circus all her life. she was sick and her feet had been chemical burned. these people took care of her day and night and finally got her better. she lived until 2008. they saw she was a fun loving and playful and the last yrs she had were peaceful and happy.i love elephants and collect them. and so now i name my elephants 'Delhi' or 'Ellie" after another famous elephant to me. so i am saying my favorite elephants name is first 'Delhi' in remembrance of her, second of course is 'Ellie'. sorry if i took too long.

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  93. The first one I thought of was Dumbo but I love Barbar and Celeste. I don't know of any others.

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  94. My daughter loved the Babar stories when she was younger so he's my (sentimental) choice of famous elephants. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  95. Elmer from the children's book.

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  96. Hathi, from the Jungle Book.

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  97. Elmer the patchwork elephant is my favourite. I love elephants - I grew up in India and have collected lots of different elephants over the years made from wood, stone, marble etc.
    Deborah

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  98. All I know is Dumbo and he was pretty cute too!

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  99. Dumbo! What a terrific giveaway and tutorial! My goddaughter would love it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  100. Am going with Nellie and Dumbo :) As they came first to mind!

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  101. Thanks for the chance to win this great prize! The famous elephant I can think of is "Lucy" from the brilliant film Hannibal Brooks with the great Oliver Reed. Such a great film, please watch it if you've not it!
    xx :D xx :D

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  102. Hi, not sure if my entry worked so am redoing!
    Thanks for chance to win this great prize!
    My answer is "Lucy" the elephant who was in the fantastic film Hannibal Brooks with the great Oliver Reed. Such a great film, please try & watch it if you've not seen it!
    xx :D xx :D

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  103. Thanks for the chance of winning the giveaway. Names... well the obvious is Nellie, then Dumbo, Elmer, Barbar. Gosh they are all obvious!

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  104. Babar!! And my favourite of his children, Pom. Such a cute pillow, I think I'll make it for a pregnant friend!

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  105. Dumbo is the only one i can think of.

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  106. I only know Dumbo the little Elephant :)
    Susanne

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  107. Dumbo was the first elephant to come to my mind.

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  108. Dumbo! The first famous elephant to come to my mind. Loved that movie when I was a kid.

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  109. Nana, the matriarch of the herd in “The Elephant Whisperer”, a beautiful book by Lawrence Anthony.
    Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  110. How about Rosie - the elephant in "Water for Elephants". Great movie but even better book!

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  111. i love elephants, i also collect them. i too think dumbo or ellie. those are two of the most famous names i can think of. i have a dumbo in my collection and a few ellies.

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  112. Elmer! or Barbar! (I like elmer best because hes so colourful!)

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  113. Elmer the patchwork elephant of course! Mine and my little ones favourite elephant!

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  114. Elmer the patchwork elephant of course! Mine and my children's favourite elephant!

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  115. Our local zoo has Ellie and she is popular every year there is a big birthday party for her the zoo society goes all out it is a lot of fun to bring the grand kids.Thank-you for the give away chance

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  116. I love Dumbo! Besides liking the movie a lot, my oldest son was a big fan, and that brings happy memories about his childhood :)

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  117. Barbar or Dumbo would be too obvious. Hmm... I really can't think of another famous elephant. Thank you for your pillow tutorial!

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  118. You're right, there are so few. Elmer springs to mind because of the patchwork, and Dumbo, of course. Great tutorial, thanks

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  119. Having grown up in Africa I have to say elephants are my favourite animals . Dumbo is a famous elephant and Barbar reminds me of telling stories to my children when they were little . Thank you for the pattern for this cute pillow.

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  120. Mmmmmm it has to be Dumbo :)

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  121. Surus. It is, from what I've read, the name of the elephant Hannibal rode across the Alps.

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  122. King Babar!

    All the best,
    Holly in Kentucky, USA.

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  123. Beautiful cushion & great tutorial. My first thought for a famous elephant was Dumbo. But then I also remembered Nellie, Barbar & Elmer.

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  124. Elmer is my daughter's favourite but the elephant chief from Jungle Book was called Hathi, and I love that film!

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  125. I love the cushions!!! I'll name ... mmmhhh ELMER!!!

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  126. Mr and Mrs Large from The large family books by Jill Murphy although I thought of Elmer first!

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  127. dumbo is the only one i can think of... what a sad movie :(

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  128. Like others, Dumbo was the first that came to mind. But you can't forget George and Martha. I loved the books and the show! :) Elephants have always been my favorite animal, so I would love to make the pillow. It's adorable!

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  129. Love the cushion! Oooh a famous elephant? Well Nellie sprung straight to mind but was she real? Shhhh...
    clairemorgan1(at)btopenworld(dot)com

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  130. I have a friend named Babar, so I'll go with the prince. Love these birch fabrics, sooo sweet - and safe for little ones!

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  131. Babar is the best elephant :)

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  132. Babar was my favorite elephant as a child, they are such graceful doleful creatures, I was luvcky enough to see them in the wild on a trip to india, they have an amazing aura.
    The cushion would bring back happy memories whenever I looked at it and happy times in the making.

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  133. Barbar is the only famous elephant I can think of; I grew up with him! And perhaps the elephants that took Hannibal over the Alps?

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  134. Our famous Portland, Oregon pachoderm is Packy. He lived at the Oregon zoo many, many years. He recently celebrated his 50th birthday.
    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/04/packy_the_elephant_celebrates.html

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  135. Nellie the elephant!

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  136. Did we have a winner? :o)
    Sue x

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  137. At the end of the 19th century there was a zoo in Ghent (Belgium), they had a famous elephant called Betsy. An urban legend says that the meat was used to feed the people of Ghent. There is no proof that this really happened. So, a tribute to Betsy, the first elephant in the zoological garden of Ghent (1851-1904).

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  138. Trunkaluffigus. Super cute!

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  139. I'm sure you're giveaway is long over, but maybe there might be another bundle hidden somewhere in your drawer :-). I'll try for a long shot! Dumbo, of course!! Cindy.... cradkins11@gmail.com

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