One of my favorite White Elephant gift projects of all time was an apron.
Not just any apron, but an Elvis apron.
Whadaya mean Elvis?
Well here, I’ll show you.
This item was created with my embroidery machine, AKA Brother Esante’ that is 20+ years old now. Still going however not always in a strong way. Since moving it to my basement sewing room, I have yet to put it to use. I hang my head when I tell you this.
Back to the gift. The recipient was pretty dang pleased and so was his wife. Maybe she saw the potential of having hubby do more dinners after work? I wouldn’t blame her. (FACT:My husband is a terrific cook.)
The gift was repeated as an item on Etsy and I’m told it was a surprise gift from daughter to her father. They lived states apart and it was heartwarming me to do the shipping ‘to Dad’.
“You only pass through this life once; you don’t come back for an encore” Elvis Presley
For “E” you get a tutorial in pictures. An Elephant Neck Rest Pillow is the final product.
Elephant Neck Rest/Pillow
The piece on the right is the ear. You can use same or complimentary fabrics for the front and back.
Be sure to clip curves for a neater finish.
Leave an opening when sewing right sides together for filling your elephant with stuffing. Hand sew opening closed when satisfied with the loftiness of your neckrest. (Hint: you may want to use the eraser end of a pencil to poke stuffing into the trunk or legs.)
Can you imagine another animal as a neckrest? I chose elephant because our family is notorious in these parts for our “White Elephant Party” each Christmas.
Here’s an oldie but a goodie of one of our gatherings. Enjoy
A yearly tradition of my family is the White Elephant Party. We have a pot luck dinner, gift exchange, card exchange, cookie exchange, and Tons of fun. But one picture just can’t convey our fun, laughter and good times. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch the slideshow I put together and meet the ‘eyes’ of my family. Love em!
Wikipedia has a definition for “what we do” each year for our family Christmas party:
A white elephant gift exchange is a holiday party game found primarily in North America. Generally, white elephant parties need a minimum of six participants. With a larger group, game play may be more protracted. White elephant parties have been known to result in playful rivalries between players trying to get sought after gifts. The goal of a white elephant party is usually to entertain rather than to gain.
While the term “white elephant” originally referred to a less-than-serious gift, its association with this particular game has become synonymous in some circles, such that the game itself is commonly called a White Elephant Gift Exchange.