By Laura Bray
Skill Level: Beginner
Completion Time: 1 hour
Earth Day reminds us to take care of our environment and all the creatures that roam on it. We are all a part of the ecosystem, each with our own jobs to do. The elephant population was depleted during the 20th century due, in part to the ivory trade. Elephants are vital to the savannah and forest ecosystems, so let’s remember them today with a little hoop art made with Kunin Felt.
Did you know Kunin felt is made from recycled plastic bottles? Recycling is another way we can save our planet.
- 12” X 18” Sheet of Kunin Premium Felt in Lagoon and Red, White
- (1) 9” X 12” Craft Cut of Corduroy Felt in Charcoal
- 4” Embroidery Hoop
- Sizzix BigZ Die-Elephant #4
- Sizzix Big Shot Machine
- Embroidery needle and floss
- Googly Eyes
- Craft glue
- Cut a 5” x 5” square of Lagoon felt and load it into the embroidery hoop. Trim around the back to fit the embroidery hoop.
- Use the die cut machine to cut out the elephant shape in Corduroy felt. Cut two. With scissors, cut off the body of the shape so that you only have the head. From the second shape, cut out the ears only.
- Stitch the elephant head onto the embroidery hoop. Place the second set of ears over the ears of the original piece and stitch along the inside edge of the ears. Leave the outside of the ears unstitched to allow for a 3D effect.
- Cut the heart shape on the die out of red felt and the tusks out of white. Stitch in place on the elephant as shown in the photo.
- If desired, add French Knots to the background felt.
- Glue googly eyes on the elephant.
Crazy about elephants? Check-out our Eudora the Elephant Softie Tutorial.
You can now find an expanded color line of Kunin® Classicfelt; Kunin® Premiumfelt and Corduroy non-wovens fabrics in cut by the yard at your local Walmart; please inquire as to what is available in your area.
About Designer Laura Bray
Laura Bray lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their daughter, and a guinea pig named Oreo. She loves to create beautiful and functional projects with felt. To see more of her felt creations, visit her blog at www.laurabraydesigns.com. She also collects felt craft projects on her Pinterest board at https://www.pinterest.com/laurabraydesigns/felt-crafts/