Kindness Elf from the Elsa sewing pattern

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Have you seen the Kindness Elves floating around on facebook? It's an idea from the Imagination Tree website for an alternative to Elf of the Shelf. The Kindness Elf promotes giving and kindness by bringing thoughtful heart shaped suggestions instead of mischief and reproachful glances like the typical Elf of the Shelf. I like it! Our Snowflake, of course, is very well behaved and doesn't narc to Santa so she's not in need of replacing but who couldn't use a kind little elf around at Christmas to help remind us what the holiday spirit is all about. I'm sure she and Snowflake will get along famously.

I used the Wee Elsa pattern to make her up. Instead of sewing her arms into the seams I did them with button joints so they'd swivel and she can hold up cards well. Other alterations to the pattern I made are adding black boot bottoms to her legs and changing the shape of the feet to look more bootlike and I knit her a little dress. I can add the details to those changes below. 

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* Button Joint Arms: Using embroidery floss, a doll needle and two 2-holed buttons, hand sew the stuffed arms to the body as follows: Double thread a doll needle with 20" length of floss. Leaving a 4" floss tail outside the body, insert the needle through the left button, left arm, body, right arm, and right button. Then re-insert the needle into the right button's other hole, back through the right arm, body, and left arm, and exit through the empty hole on the left button. Repeat this circuit again then pull the floss taut and tie off the end. Sew the tails back through the buttons and bury the tails in the body. See this diagram (for bear legs, not doll arms) for a visual. And here is doll with her arms being sewn on.

* Boot legs: redraw the straight leg to have a boot shape. Then cut pattern piece off where you'd like boot to hit the leg and use those pattern pieces to cut out leg fabric. 4 in pattern for the leg and 4 in black for the boots. With right sides together sew the black boot pieces to pattern leg pieces then press seams to one side and then assemble front and backs of each leg. Attach to body as shown in pattern.

*Hair & Elf Hat: These are the same as in the pattern but I put up some in progress photos I took while making this gal. Here, here, here and here

*Knitted Dress:  worsted weight yarn and size 7 dpns

cast on 40 stitches divided evenly over 4 needles. 
knit 17 rows
row 18: k2tog, k18, k2tog, k18
row 19: k17, k2tog, k17, k2tog
row 20: k2tog, k16, k2tog, k16
row 21: k15, k2tog, k15, k2tog
at row 22 to form the armholes, you will take the first 16 stitches on one needle for the front and then work the front. then you work the remaining stitches to be the back. (pic)
row 22: purl (to keep the stockinette stitch)
row 23: k2tog, k12, k2tog
row 24: purl
row 25: k2tog, k10, k2tog
row 26: purl
row 27: knit
row 28: purl
repeat rows 22-28 for the back of the dress
row 29: join front and back and knit all way around.
knit 9 more rows and cast off.
 
Sew a heart on front of dress with a duplicate stitch
http://www.purlbee.com/2007/10/28/duplicate-stitch/

Please email me if you have any questions at all!

14 thoughts on “Kindness Elf from the Elsa sewing pattern

  1. Cindy G. says:

    I don’t have children, but I love the Kindness Elf much, much better than the Elf on the Shelf! I just purchased the Elsa pattern and I’d love to know a little more about the pattern changes (unless they’re already included in the pattern).

  2. hillary says:

    Yes! Thanks! I knew I was forgetting something 😉 I was just winging it so I’ll try to reproduce and write it down as I go. I’ll get that up here this afternoon or tomorrow.

  3. Alli says:

    That’s adoooorable! I recently made an Elsa for my daughter, and it’s so super cute that I want to make another for my niece — I think I might make it kindness elfish! :)

  4. Sugene says:

    This may be a dumb question, but do you actually need the buttons? Could you just sew the same way but without the buttons? I am just trying to figure out if the buttons are functional or just for aesthetics. Thanks. :)

  5. Hillary Lang says:

    Yep, you need the button. My brain is slow this am without coffee but it’s somehow the button that allows it to spin, the space it puts between the doll and the thread?? I know I’m not explaining that at all, but I suggest using the buttons.

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