A Tale of Two Elephants-a pattern review with bonus cocktail recipe (yeah, it was that kind of project)

IMG_5231So, here’s my review for this month. I decided to make elephants for my little carnies as part of their Valentine’s Day gift. I had no idea what I was doing…

I chose the DIY Fluffies Love Elephant pattern. My pattern was delivered, and I printed it out, looked it over quick, and didn’t think much of it…then I sat down to make these guys and read that the seam allowances WERE NOT included in the pattern. No problem, I thought. I’ll just trace 1/4″ around all the pieces.

IMG_5093Ah? Nope. I was so frustrated! I mean, this was a pattern people PAY for! Then, I took my problem to the fine folks at the SewCanShe Sewcialites Facebook Group, and I found out that this was pretty common with stuffie patterns and all I had to do was trace the pieces directly to the fabric and guess the seam allowance. Then, when it came to sewing the pieces together, it was just a matter of pin matching the lines that I traced. (Thank you quilting background!)

After that, my first elephant went together fairly quickly…then I decided to try my luck at faux fur…pink faux fur…

The carnage from cutting two small pieces

The carnage from cutting two small pieces

Listen, let’s just say that if you ever see me at The Joann’s, and I’ve got faux fur in my cart, RUN!!! The body snatchers have taken over! Seriously, the mess from this mess was phenomenal…I mean, faux fur is the fine metallic glitter of the fabric world.

But, in the end, it was the perfect choice for an elephant present for a 6 year old girl. The Carnies love their stuffies, mama got to sew something new, and all is well. And cue the detail shots….

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Mickey's Elephant: gray and white fleece with hand embroidered eyes in case he gets a taste for eyeballs as toddlers often do (sorry about the snot nose, daycare decided to give him RSV and an ear infection for Vday)

Mickey’s Elephant: gray and white fleece with hand embroidered eyes in case he gets a taste for eyeballs as toddlers often do (sorry about the snot nose, daycare decided to give him RSV and an ear infection for Vday)

Georgia's Elephant: Pink Faux Fur and White Fleece with button eyes because there was no way I was going to work that fur more than I had to.

Georgia’s Elephant: Pink faux fur and white fleece with button eyes because there was no way I was going to work that fur more than I had to.

Here’s the link to the pattern if you are feeling sassy…she has tons of other stuffie patterns…but I won’t be trying them for awhile.

Listening to: the gentle whir of my Dyson sucking up bits of faux fur

Drinking: You guys! I totally invented (probably not) a new cocktail! I give you:

The Margarita Spritzer

Fill a pint glass with ice

Add 2 parts tequila ( I like blanco) and 1 part triple sec. I’m not going to say how much a “part” is…I don’t know your life

Fill the rest of the glass with equal amounts margarita mix and tonic water

Garnish with a lime and knock back as many as you need to pretend it’s Spring.

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