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Diary of a beginner toy making – Heather Hippo

May 7, 2012 | A day in my life, Blog, Toy-making TIPS & TUTORIALS


Hi, It’s me, Jo again….

Since I became a part of the team at the Funky Friends Factory, I have been sewing my way through the Funky Friends Factory patterns so I know what it is like to sew EACH one.

So far I have tried – Silly Scrap Snake , Plattie the Platypus, and Cheeky Chook.

I’m so excited to make another Funky Friend! This time I will try to sew Heather HIPPO.



I decided on some pink and yellow FLOWERY fabric with bright yellow for my contrasting fabric – a nice bright cheerful combination, don’t you think?

I quickly sewed  the front and the back body pieces together,  followed by the front and back legs to the tummy piece.  After that I sew the tail and turned it right sides out. I put some stuffing in the tail and I pinned it to the back body pieces.

Wow that’s fast!!!


Everything was going smoothly until….

hippo snout 1

I mucked up the snout!!

It was because the snout is has curves and my mistake – well, the fabric slipped and so there was a hole in the side of the snout! Then I remembered what Pauline is always saying, to use lots of pins and use the SLOWLY, SLOWLY approach!

hippo snout pinnedYeah what an improvement???!!

After about an hour I have successfully sewed the snout, gusset and the ears together. I have decided to sew the eyes first before continuing as I will not be using these small black buttons instead os embroidereded eyes. Look how cute she’s turning out!


I had a bit of trouble with how to sew the foot pads. Since I’m a beginner, even though I followed the instructions, I still made mistakes and had to rip the seams again!

hippo foot
I remembered that Pauline has created a blog post about this –  How to sew a PERFECT plushie feet . I checked out the photo tutorial and saw how to sew the foot pads and once I saw what I should do, it was MUCH easier.

At last I’m done sewing but how can I turn it right sides out???  Silly me –

I forgot to leave a gap. Hahaha!!!

Oh I didn’t notice the time!! Good thing I have biscuits so I didn’t feel hungry! So after 8 hours and 10 mins…….

I have made a really cute HIPPO!!!

I love the color combination and even though my sewing isn’t perfect it turned out really nice.

I’d love to know what you think of my cheerful hippo?


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Till next time,

Happy Sewing,

Jo

2 Comments

  1. Kaysi

    Jo should make Honey Teddy! Hasn’t she made her yet?!

    Reply
  2. shirley Smith

    I think your Heather Hippo is really lovely Jo, congratulations!

    Reply

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