"Tulip, the Wee Elephant" and Receiving Blankets

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Recently, I borrowed Joelle Hoverson’s Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts from our library through interlibrary loan. It’s a fun book with lots of simple projects. I had to try one of my favorites, “Peanut, the Wee Elephant” by Hillary Lang from Wee Wonderfuls. It said that it was a 4-8 hour project but I would estimate that it only took about two. It was really quite easy to make and so adorable! I didn’t have any yarn for the tail so I used embroidery floss. All the fabric came from my stash. The little tulip print has been around forever. I think it might have come from my mother or grandmother originally. Due to the print, I have named my version “Tulip, the Wee Elephant.”

I also liked the very simple idea of binding a yard of flannel in order to make a receiving blanket. The idea is so simple but the results are very polished looking. Instead of using solid white flannel and a patterned binding, I found some patterned flannel that I liked and then used cotton fabric from my stash to bind the edges. These would make a great baby shower gift! They really aren’t that fun to make though as the majority of the time spent making them involves handsewing the binding on the back. I just don’t like the look of machine stitched binding though so I felt it was worth the time.

All in all, it is a fun book. I would like to try the little calico birds pictured in the book at some point too but I have a little boy’s birthday party coming up this weekend that I have to focus on for the moment!