Ugh. It turns out working 60 and 70 hour weeks isn’t a lot of fun. Who knew? After a week or more of zero crafting time, I finally squeezed out some time for the good stuff.
As you know, I’ve been chomping at the bit to make Peanut ever since I saw the preview on the Purl Bee preview. I couldn’t wait any longer so I dug into my stash and came up with this little fella.
Overall, the project is pretty simple. I am completely charmed by the way his trunk is formed and his little tail. The only thing I did differently than the pattern is attaching the eyes before the doll was sewn together and stuffed. (I just think it’s easier to make the eyes line up.) I ran into one minor bump along the way as it wasn’t clear to me between the pattern and the template how far along the belly pieces I should stitch. So underneath Peanut’s hindquarters he’s a bit droopy. Oh well, no one is going to be looking down there anyway, right? I also wish I had cotton fill for stuffing (as recommended in the book) instead of polyfil. I think it would have made Peanut a bit more stand-upable. But he’s cute nonetheless and very squeezable. I haven’t made his little blanket yet – I couldn’t find a fabric in my stash that felt right. But that’s ok, naked Peanut is good by me.
Pattern: Peanut from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts
Designer: Hilary Lang at Wee Wonderfuls
Project length: approx. 5 hours (including some ripping time when I redid the belly)
Will I make it again? Absolutely! Clearly I need a whole troop of little elephants.