Actually the title should be Elephant (singular) and Bears. Hopefully there will be more elephants and there will definitely be more bears. We have been accumulating old t-shirts for years. Both of my girls have quilts made from their t-shirts. Cara made her own...with a little help from me...and I made Jo's several years later. I have also made scarves, reusable grocery bags, and aprons from t-shirts. But one can only gift so many aprons, one only needs so many grocery bags, and I don't think the scarves were much of a hit. I decided it was time to get a little more creative.
This elephant is made from the same pattern that I used for a red fleece elephant last spring. The pattern is by Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World. Fleece is definitely easier to sew than t-shirt fabric. The t-shirt fabric curls and puckers and crawls. I use a lot of pins. He is pretty soft and cuddly...sort of marsh mallowy.
The bears are also from one of Wendi's patterns. The pattern is what I would call baby-size but you could easily enlarge it. But this size is great for showcasing interesting bear bellys. I have already found and cut out more bellys for more bears.