I’m so excited today to release my newest pattern: the Patchwork Elephant. Way back in 2009 I made a pink patchwork elephant just for fun and posted it here on my blog. Ever since then I’ve gotten a steady stream of requests for a patchwork elephant pattern and I put it on my “some day” list of things to work on.
Then, a month or so ago I cleaned out my entire studio and gave away 12 bags of fabric. As a reward I went to the store and treated myself to a pretty roll of pre-cut strips. (I know it seems a bit ironic to reward oneself for getting rid of fabric by buying more fabric, but there it is.)
I’d never worked with pre-cuts before. Pre-cuts are like candy – an easy sugar rush! I realized that using a pre-cut roll of strips would make it so easy to create the patchwork for an elephant so I finally got to work on him.
I thought it would also be fun to make one from solids, sorta like Elmer the Elephant.
And then one more that wasn’t patchwork at all – just a sweet baby blue print.
The pattern is now ready! And I have a little extra goodness to throw in. I thought it would be nice to help you get a roll (or two!) of pre-cuts at a discount so that you can sew your own elephant.
I reached out to Laura Sampsell, the owner of Material Girl Chic, an online fabric shop with a terrific selection of pre-cuts, and she was excited to work with me. Laura lives in Stow, Ohio, near Akron, and has been selling fabric for a decade. She’s very warm and helpful and has great customer service.
Riley Blake Medium Dots from Material Girl Chic
If you take a look at Laura’s shop you’ll see that she carries all sorts of beautiful pre-cuts. For the Patchwork Elephant you’ll need a roll of 2.5″ strips. Choose from Cotton+Steel Basics, Tula Pink Moonshine, Kona cottons in a rainbow of colors, Riley Blake Dots and so many more (over 100 all together!).
For two weeks (July 31 – August 14) the Patchwork Elephant pattern is discounted to $7 in my shop. Once you purchase the pattern you’ll get a discount code to save 20% off a pre-cut roll in Laura’s shop! The rolls vary in price, but on average that’s a savings of about $7 on the fabric.
Cotton + Steel Basics Spindle from Material Girl Chic
I like pre-cuts because they’re so quick to work with and the colors are from one collection so they will definitely coordinate, but you can, of course, use fabrics from your stash for the patchwork!
I hope you enjoy picking some pretty fabrics and sewing this sweet elephant.