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During the Great Depression my Great Grandma, Ruby, and her sister, Georgia, made these elephants to sell at church bazaars. Her daughter, my Grandma, made me a blue, flowered elephant when I was a child and it was my very favorite toy. When I had my first child, I asked my grandmother for the pattern, so I have a photocopy of my Great Grandma's pattern. It is covered with my Great-Grandma's tiny cursive advising me on exactly how to sew it. "Sew this seam THREE times" "Use ONLY four hole buttons for eyes." etc. My Great Grandma died in 1989, but each time I use the pattern I feel a connection to her.

I am doing a series of 80 elephants--each one of a kind. In honor of the elephant's depression era heritage, each one will be named one of the 40 most popular girls and boys names of 1932.

This elephant's name is Clarence. Clarence is the 40th most popular boys name of 1932. He is made from a grey seersucker and yellow cotton. He has black, button eyes. He is deliberately lightly stuffed to make him easier to hold. He is about 15 inches tall and 13 inches wide. Clarence's button eyes mean he may not be appropriate for children under three. Machine wash, line dry.

You can see the whole collection at amosthefamous.blogspot.com

Clarence the Yellow and Grey Stuffed Elephant


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: buttons, thread, cotton, seersucker
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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