Confessions of a Narcoleptic

Alfred the Elf

I’m pretty sure most people have heard of Elf on the Shelf by this point. We’ve had a special little elf visitor at our house for a couple of years now. I bought our original at Michaels, but this year, after seeing all these cute ideas on Pinterest (like this!), I wanted to have a more flexible elf. I considered buying the $30 plus real deal, but then I saw this pattern to make my very own elf. I thought it looked easy enough…

SO MANY HOURS OF MY LIFE LATER…I had a new, cute little elf. The boys were a little unsure about this new Alfred at first (Nate hated him), but after they saw what he could do, they have started to really like him.

The best part is that, other than my time, this elf didn’t cost a cent! I already had all of the supplies on hand in my fabric and craft stash. Actually, that’s not true – I did buy ribbon to make his belt out of, but I easily could have used ribbon I already owned.

I told my sister I would make her one too – what’s one more? Sheesh! What was I thinking!?But now the Rawlings have a little elf friend too! (This picture is right before I realized I hadn’t sewn elf boots onto the Rawlings’ elf…at two in the morning!)

We’ve been having fun coming up with places for Alfred to be found by the boys in the morning, and other than the morning of his first appearance, the boys have been delighted by Alfred’s antics. In Santa’s letter, he warned them that Alfred might like to get into mischief, a new word for Jax’s vocabulary. Here’s a few of the places Alfred has found to hang out so far:

3 thoughts on “Alfred the Elf

  1. Joanna

    That looks like a lot of work. I have considered getting a new elf also – there are so many fun things to do with them 🙂