Leatherlook Hippo.

Saw these at the department store and immediately want to make my own (the incentive was that the price tag was A$60).

Cute, but expensive
Cute, but expensive

 

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’.

All pieces prepared
All pieces prepared

 

Sewed with backstitch, and notching
Sewed with backstitch, and notching

 

Turning the stiff material inside out was really difficult, so I had to widen the opening
Turning the stiff material inside out was really difficult, so I had to widen the opening

 

Time to stuff!
Time to stuff!

 

Hello Hippo...
Hello Hippo…

 

The original pattern calls for felt or cotton. A tail would be quite impossible to do with vinyl
The original pattern calls for felt or cotton. A tail would be quite impossible to do with vinyl

 

The mouth took the longest. Couldn't find the right thread to use - so did lots of little satin stitches instead.
The mouth took the longest. Couldn’t find the right thread to use – so did lots of little satin stitches instead.

 

Now I can use the money I saved to buy sushi! Yum :d
Now I can use the money I saved to buy sushi! Yum :d

 

I used split pins for the eyes and nose.Β 

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 Β the needle against resistance.

Can’t blame anyone though, I do have a thimble but didnt’ use it :P

 

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