I began working on an elephant project several few months ago and it ran away with itself and I ended up designing a whole quilt full of elephants for my lovely nephew. This pattern covers how to make a cushion featuring my favourite, and the most joyful-looking one of those elephants.
While an experienced sewer will whizz through this pattern, it's been written with the intention that it's easy to follow for someone relatively new to sewing. It's a good project for furthering sewing skills because within a small, manageable project you are able to experience:
Basic straight-stitch appliqué
Inserting a concealed zip
...and you'll also obviously know how to make a cushion by the time you finish it too.
The concealed zip is neatly hidden in one of the side seams, which is my favourite method for constructing a cushion cover; it's a good technique to know for future projects because, as the zipper is completely hidden, you can actually make cushions which can be viewed from either side if you wish (something which is particularly useful if you want to make throw cushions for a sofa using beautiful upholstery or home dec fabrics)
Instructions are given for all aspects of making the cushion including appliquéing the elephant with a basic straight stitch. However, if you wish to venture further into appliqué and try out trickier stitches (such as a satin stitch) then I recently wrote a reasonably priced eBook which covers all aspects of machine appliqué.
I love the simplicity of an elephant wearing different shades of grey, however, there's no reason not to consider using much more colour and pattern:
If you wish to purchase a copy of the pattern, it's available for instant download as a PDF for you to view on your computer and print out at home.
The PDF pattern costs £3.50 (that's around $5.50 USD/4 EUR/$5 AUD)
If you make something using this pattern I'd love it if you wanted to email me a photo of your sewing or you can drop it into the Flickr pool here.