I wanted this cover to be soft for the newborn so I started with a receiving blanket. To keep with the theme of the baby's room, an elephant was first machine embroidered on the corner of the blanket.
The applique was download FREE from bunnycup.com. It's called Little Elephant Applique. Several file types are available in one zip loaded file.
Then fabric from a fleece blanket was sewn on the edges of the receiving blanket to create the size needed for the dimensions as directed in the instructions.
Instead of elastic, I used a string to pull as tightly as needed.