Pottery Barn Elephant Wall Hanging

You may remember this owl quilt that I made into a wall hanging? I made the owl wall hanging for a co-worker, and after seeing it in person, a different co-worker asked if I could make one for her.

elephant wall hanging

Her sister was having a baby and they were decorating the nursery using the classic Pottery Barn Kids Elephant design. This was years ago, so I’m not sure how much the elephant design/color scheme has changed but I know she had a photo of a rug (or a blanket?)  from her sister’s registry and told me the color theme of the baby’s room for me to work with.

elephant wall hanging

After my experience with the owl wall hanging, I decided to do this wall hanging the exact same way.  I printed the photo of the elephant rug to be the size I needed and then cut out each piece and added 1/8″ seam allowance to use as the pattern. Then I sewed the pieces together roughly the same way I did with the big owl quilt, with the seam allowances on top. Once all the pieces were sewn together, I sewed the elephant down onto the fabric backing. Then I cut all the loose threads and made tiny little 1/8″ snips in the seam allowances. I threw it in the washer and dryer to give it a feathered look, just like the owl quilt has.

elephant wall hanging

Lastly, I made sure the fabric backing was really straight before securing it in the frame (you’ll notice I used the same neutral floral background for the owl and the elephant).

elephant wall hanging

This concept of making a quilted wall hanging could really be done for anything. As long as you have a pattern to use (i.e., an image you can print out) you can use this method for whatever you want.

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