And so, meet the latest hippo to join the family:
The patterns are at the back of the book and are printed full size, which is handy if you don't have access to a photocopier as I've found that book patterns often require you to enlarge them. The seam allowances are not added but this is not unusual although I do find it a bit of a pain. I just estimated these so that probably explains why things didn't match up perfectly. This didn't make much of a difference to the end product though.
The instructions were clear and it wasn't hard to make. The most fiddly thing was sewing on the bottoms of the feet. Patterns like this are ideal for using up fabric scraps. I didn't have quite enough so for his stomach and inner ear pieces I used a light chambray left over from an old project. I also already had the turquoise felt in my stash too. The main fabric is a piece from a vintage bed sheet, which came from a lot of assorted pieces of vintage bedsheets purchased from eBay a couple of years ago.
The project felt like a great meeting of pattern and fabric - very serendipitous, don't you think? What was even nicer was that this little hippo helped me out of a sewing rut too. It was an enjoyable project and now I feel ready to get started on something else.
I used felt for the eyes instead of plastic eyes, to make him child-friendly. I also reinforced the tail by sewing over it a few times as no doubt he'll get hauled around by the tail. I should have done this with the ears too as Baby Kestrel is quite taken with him and has yanked his ears more than once.
This post is part of the Sew Cute to Cuddle Blog Hop. You can buy the book as a regular book, ebook or purchase the patterns seperately. Check out the other blogs involved in the blog hop as some are also doing giveaways:
Fri 1st – Mariska Vos-Bolman
Sat 2nd – Messy Jesse
Wed 6th – Boolah Baguette
Fri 8th – Ordinary Lovely
Mon 11th – Sewing Is for Girls
Fri 15th – A Spoonful of Sugar
Wed 20th – Emma Lamb
Fri 22nd – Kestrel Makes
Sat 23rd – Feeling Stitchy
Tue 26th – SCC
Dot investigating the new arrival