Elephant Tissue Box Cover - Free Crochet pattern By Nicki's Homemade Crafts

Elephant Tissue Box Cover

Creating this Elephant Tissue Box was absolutely fun and I was so amazed how fast one can crochet this tissue box. The most amazing feature is that the tissues come out and are pulled out of the trunk. How fun is that?

This tissue box is for anyone who loves elephants or has kids. Which kid does not like elephants?

There is one stitch pattern some of you may have never tried or already know how to do which is the the I-Cord stitch. In case you have never tried it, you are in luck. It is very easy and I even added a crochet stitch tutorial as well as a video tutorial below.

Luckily there is not much that is needed for this pattern, so let’s get right to it.

Did you see my Owl Tissue Box Cover , my Piggy Bank Tissue Box  and my Crayon Tissue Box Cover already?

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You will need:

Gauge:

4 sc x 5 rows = 1 square inch

Stitches used:

Instructions:

As the tissue box is added from the bottom of the elephant by having the tissues come out in front by lying on the side instead of the top, you will need to make 3 side panels and one front panel where the face is and one back panel where the tail is.

Elephant Tissue Box Cover Free Crochet Pattern

Side panels (make 3):

Row 1: Crochet a chainless foundation chain for 17 single crochets (find a tutorial for it HERE) or crochet a chain of 18 and start from the 2nd chain and crochet 1 sc in each chain across (17 sts), turn

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in each st, turn

Row 3 – 22: repeat row 2, fasten off

 

Back panel:

Row 1: Crochet a chainless foundation chain for 17 single crochets (find a tutorial for it HERE) or crochet a chain of 18 and start from the 2nd chain and crochet 1 sc in each chain across (17 sts), turn

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in each st, turn

Row 3 – 17: repeat row 2, fasten off

 

Front panel:

Row 1: Crochet a chainless foundation chain for 17 single crochets (find a tutorial for it HERE) or crochet a chain of 18 and start from the 2nd chain and crochet 1 sc in each chain across (17 sts), turn

Row 2 – 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in each st, ch 1, turn

You are now working on one side of the face first and then you repeat the same on the other side.

Row 4: 7 sc (which means 1 sc in the next 7 sts), ch 1, turn

Row 5: 1 sc tog, 5 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 6: 6 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 7: 1 sc tog, 4 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 8: 5 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 9: 1 sc tog, 3 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 10: 4 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 11: 2 sc in the same st, 3 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 12: 5 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 13: 2 sc in the same st, 4 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 14: 6 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 15: 2 sc in the same st, 5 sc

Now fasten off for this side (it looks similar to an L now), and add the yarn to the outside edge of the row 4 for the side that was not worked on (looking at the picture below it would be the right side where the arrow points; you worked the left side already), repeat rows 4 to 15 on that side as well.

Elephant Tissue Box - Free Crochet Pattern

But after row 15 of the second side, do NOT fasten off as you’ll continue for 2 more rows.

Row 16: ch 1, 7 sc, ch 3, 7 sc, ch 1, turn

Row 17:  7 sc (1 sc in each st), 3 sc (1 sc in each ch from previous row) and 7 sc (1 sc in each st), fasten off

 Elephant Tissue Box Cover - Free Crochet Pattern
Adding the trunk:

Now you will add the trunk to the “hole” that was created for the front panel. Hold the panel such that the Row 1 is facing you looking at the 3 sts that were skipped in row 4. You will add the yarn to the stitch all the way to the right (of the 3 skipped sts). As you will now go in continues rows (no sl st till the end) be sure to use a stitch marker so you will know when a round starts and ends.

Elephant Tissue Box Cover - Free Crochet Pattern

Going towards the left for right handed crocheters (for left handed crocheters work the below sequence backwards when crocheting towards the right):

Round 1: Crochet 32 sc all around by going into the edges of the circle aiming for each row one single crochet. This step might be tricky for some people. Try to add single crochets equally all-round to reach 32 stitches.

Round 2 – 3: 1 sc in each st all around

Round 4: *1 sc dec, 1 sc in the next 2 sts, repeat from * all around, 1 sc dec

Round 5: 1 sc in each st all around

Round 6 – 8: 10 sc, 8 dc, 6 sc

Round 9: *1 sc dec, 1 sc in the next 2 sts, repeat from * all around

Round 10: *1 sc dec, 1 sc in the next st, repeat from * all around, 1 sc dec

Round 11 – 18: 1 sc in each st all around, sl st and fasten off after round 18

Add the eyes now where you would like them making sure they are even and the same distance from the trunk.

Tail:

For the tail you will do the I-cord stitch pattern. Follow the picture and the instructions on how to do it, or watch the video below.

Make the cord 5 inches long and then add in the last final loop 6 yarn strings to resemble the hair of the tail. Then use 1 yarn string and wrap it around to hold the strings downwards (should be 12 hanging down now as the yarn strings are folded).


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Elephant Tissue Box Cover
Step 1: ch 3
Elephant Tissue Box Cover
Step 2: Pull up a loop from both the 2nd and the 3rd ch from the hook
Elephant Tissue Box Cover
Step 3: Release the 2nd and 3rd loop
Elephant Tissue Box Cover
Step 4: hold the released loops in your hand so you won’t loose them
Elephant Tissue Box Cover
Step 5: pull up a loop thru the loop on the hook
Elephant Tissue Box Cover
Step 6: Pick the 2nd loop the was being held between your fingers and pull up a loop thru it
Elephant Tissue Box Cover
Step 7: Pick up the 3rd loop between your fingers and pull up a loop thru it
Elephant Tissue Box Cover
Step 8: Repeat from step 3 until your cord measures 5 inches
Elephant Tissue Box Cover
Step 9: now pull one loop thru all three loops and add the yarn strings thru those 3 loops to equal 12 strings hanging down and wrap a yarn string around them all to hold them together

Ears:

Make 2 ears for the elephant.

Row 1: Chain 3, place 4 dc in the 3rd chain from the hook, ch 1, turn

Row 2: 3 dc in each st, ch 1, turn

Row 3: 2 dc in each st, ch 1, turn

Row 4: 2 dc in each st, fasten off

The ears will be wobbly, but that is how elephant ears look like.

Crocheting all the panels together:

First, using single crochet’s crochet all the side panels together on the LONG side. You will use single crochet to add all the sides together.

The single crochets will be shown on the outside and give the tissue boxes nice edges. Feel free to sew them instead, but I like the look of the single crochet edge more. Fasten off at the end.

Next, you will add the back panel to the side panels. Start from the right working towards the left if you are right handed or reverse this order of you are left handed. Fasten off at the end.

Now add the front panel again working from right to left for right handed crocheters and left to right for left handed crocheters. Make sure the face is the correct orientation. Do not fasten off at the end yet.

Turn the tissue box cover upside down such that you are looking inside the cover, now crochet one row of single crochet all around the bottom of the cover. Fasten off.

Add one ear to either side of the elephants face by sewing them on to the 2nd row from the edge.

Now, finally, only the tail needs to be added on the back panel. Sew it onto the back panel towards the top but centered.

Finally, weave in all the ends. And add an actual tissue box inside the cover and pull the tissues thru the trunk. You are done and ready to use it.

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Elephant Tissue Box Cover - Free Crochet pattern By Nicki's Homemade Crafts

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13 thoughts on “Elephant Tissue Box Cover- Free Crochet Pattern”

    1. I mentioned right above the pattern which tissue box I used. Please be aware that tissue boxes have different sizes when it comes to different countries. The one mentioned in this pattern fits the small Kleenex boxes in the U.S.. I hope that helps.

    1. I have a pdf version available in case you want it. It is available for a small fee as it is ad-free. The reason usually it does not print properly from the web browser is because of the ads. But I need to use ads as that is what helps me provide you all with more free patterns and tutorials. Thanks for understanding 🙂

  1. Could you please show me how you do row 15 on the front panel I just got lost on add the yarn to outside of row 4 for the row that was not worked
    Thank you.

  2. The count seems to be off on front panel too:
    Row 11: 2 sc in the same st, 4 sc, ch 1, turn
    (That’s 6 SC & doesn’t equal the 5 for row 12?)
    Row 12: 5 sc, ch 1, turn

    Also-
    Row 13: 2 sc in the same st, 5 sc, ch 1, turn
    (That’s 7 SC & doesn’t equal the 6 for row 14?)
    Row 14: 6 sc, ch 1, turn
    I’m so confused right now & all the other panels & pieces are done so kinda disappointed I can’t finish him up 😭

  3. Thank you for this awesome design of a crochet elephant. It’s way too cute. I’ve made one for my mom in the nursing home and my daughter who loves everything elephant. Now I’m making one for myself.

  4. this is so adorable. My sister loves elephants. I may attempt to make this. Thank you for this adorable pattern.

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