Saw these at the department store and immediately want to make my own (the incentive was that the price tag was A$60).
I chose a hippo pattern and used a brown vinyl material. Bought some thicker needles and superstrong thread too.
Pattern by Fiona Dalton, in the book ‘Hop Skip Jump’.
I used split pins for the eyes and nose.
Glad to have finished this project – hands and fingers hurt quite a bit at the end of it from all the pushing, tugging and pulling the needle against resistance.
Can’t blame anyone though, I do have a thimble but didnt’ use it :P