My niece is turning five this week, and I really wanted to have a handmade gift for her. After last week’s success with Henrietta, I thought another stuffed animal was in order.
Unlike Henrietta, who is made entirely of minky fabric, this hippo is made from a mix of quilter’s cotton and minky. As it turns out, it’s a lot easier to sew accurate seams with cotton (no sliding layers!), but the cotton also highlights puckers and/or pleats. Overall, a lot more seam ripping was involved in this guy. Lesson learned: minky might be a pain, but it’s a lot more forgiving.
For the body, I chose the signature fabric from Momo’s Oh Deer! line in creamsicle. I’ve been hoarding a yard of this print in my stash, and I was so happy to find the perfect project for it. Such a large print can be tricky to use in a quilt, but it was a perfect match for a stuffed animal!
I also picked up a SewLine Fabric Pencil for this project, and right now it’s my favorite new tool. Using the pencil I was able to I fussy cut each pattern piece to showcase a different portion of the fabric. In addition to tracing the pattern pieces, I used the pencil to sketch in my seam lines. I think that made a huge difference in my accuracy (Oops, thought I had taken a photo of the marked pieces but looks like I somehow missed it. Maybe next time!). I’m really happy with all the secondary designs hiding in this hippo, hopefully my niece will enjoy picking them out, too.