We were all pretty upset that our visit didn't work out as we had planned, but I know we will get together soon. I hope this surprise made Janelle and Dylan a little happier this week.
I used the pattern for Peanut the Elephant from Last Minute Patchwork Gifts. The pattern was written by Hilary Lang over at Wee Wonderfuls. I have actually made a toy of hers before. Remember this Pointed Kitty from way back in February?
I wanted to use up some of my felted sweaters. I chose a blue one and the crazy stripe Gap sweater (I LOVE that sweater and only use it for very special projects). I sewed him up in just a few hours. I had a little trouble sewing through all that thick felted sweater material, mostly because I'm pretty sure I felted my first batch of sweaters too much. There are a few spots, especially in the corners, that the thread shows through. I'm pretty sure Dylan won't mind though!
Overall, I thought the pattern worked well with a felted sweater. I'm excited to make more toy projects with the felted sweaters I've recently acquired.
UPDATE: Check out Janelle's Blog for some cutie photos of Dylan and his surprise! Thank you Janelle for the very sweet blog post. It totally made my day!