Thursday, December 5, 2013

My Own Little Elf

I've been seeing so much about the cute little Elf on a Shelf. He just keeps showing up everywhere! I love the idea but hadn't been able to find one while out shopping, so I decided to make my own version! This little guy is bigger than the original Shelf Elf, but I think he is so cute. I have had the pattern for years [from an old McCall's magazine], and have made at least 100 of these little guys. [I used to be involved in a lot of Craft Shows]. I've always made them in the traditional Christmas colours of red & green. I even adapted the pattern to make it into a Santa. But believe it or not I never made one for myself! Well, it was time for that to change, he,he,he.
I purchased all of the fabrics used to make my Elf from Thrift Stores. Mostly men's shirts! The body fabric was a remnant I found at Value Village! His elfie shoes are from a pair of old brown jeans that had shrunk in the wash and were now too short.
While at the thrift store, I found 2 pretty wreaths filled with these Christmas berries to use on his hat and the antique jingle bell was a gift from my daughter...thanks Jazz! I added a bit of real blush to give him rosy cheeks, round button eyes and I found a piece of leather cord, on my husband's work bench, to tie around his waist. [Shh, don't tell Dan, he'll never miss it]. It took me the entire morning to make this little Elf, but I'm happy with the results and am sure this little guy has found a home at my house!
I didn't give him a mouth, wasn't sure about that part. Maybe he needs a cute little line smile. What do you think? Let me know.
Remember the new challenge is up at Meljen's Designs... it's Christmas Tags!
Blessings on your day and thank you so much for stopping by.


CRAFT - Christmas
DLART - Elf Antics [just came to life & already dancing on the dining room table!]
Crafting with Dragonflies - Christmas D├ęcor
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
All Crafts Challenge - Anything but a Card
Love To Create - Holiday Gift/3D Project
Anything But A Card - Create Anything You Dream Up



He is so cute, Lovely, thank you for joining us this week. Don't forget our DT Call. Your application would be very welcome!

Jo and the CRAFT Team


Your elf, is adorable I am so glad you finally made one for yourself. I didn't quite catch The elf's name-- I think a smile along with a name would be great. hugs Thanks for following and I just became your latest follower also.
Thank you for joining ELF Antics Linky Party


This is gorgeous, and so well made, so many details...I am glad you made it for youself, thanks so much for playing along with us at Crafting with Dragonflies, blessings Hilde

Susan Hogan

He is gorgeous! What a cutie and yes,he needs a name. But the mouth is optional - elves can be so opinionated, you know! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Crafting with Dragonflies. I really like that all his bits came from old things and are repurposed - sort of talks a bit about the real meaning of Christmas! A neat reminder each year.

Debbie Adams

He is very cute. I love the fabrics you used. :D I am going to have to find one of these Elf on a Shelf. Thanks for joining us at all Crafts Challenge.
Deborah ACC DT


Absolutely adorable!! Love it. Thank you for joining the TTCRD Challenge and good luck to you.

Oh Wow Nancy please send him over here. He would love a little holiday at my place in Australia.
This is absolutely adorable. What fun your can have with him. Thank you for introducing your elf to us over at Anything But A Card this challenge.

Amanda Phillips

I love your elf..I do! Thank you for showing your little guy to us on Love to create challenges.
Amanda LTCDT

judith@poppy cottage

Your elf is just great, a fabulous piece of recycling. He is a lovely character and in lovely traditional colours. Thanks for joining us at Ctafting with Dragonflies, Judith xx


Wow how great is this?! A fantastic example of upcycling, love it! Thank you so much for joining our All Crafts challenge-hope to see you join us again soon :-) Elaine-xxx-

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