Has it been a month since the Vintage Camper already? Yikes. Well, I’m here today with entry number 15 in my Hot Pad of the Month series! I keep picturing this little guy on a table for a kid’s birthday party, or maybe a baby shower. Of course, there’s always just the “Hey, I just like hippos” excuse too. I’m not going to argue with that one. For those of you following along, I have three more patterns to share before the end of this series. It’s been a LOT of fun making these, but I think after a year and a half it’s time to move on to new projects. I love the of-the-month idea though, so you’re likely to see another series of something start before too long. For now, back to our purple hippo!
To make this hippo, you’ll need:
paper-backed fusible web
craft thread in black, white and pink
From the purple fabric, cut two heads and two ears. Be sure to flip the ear pattern over for the second. From the pink fabric, cut two ears (flipping second or folding fabric). All you need from the white is two teeth, which you’ll need to cut on the fold.
Cut one head shape from each of the InsulBright, batting and interfacing. Cut two ears from the interfacing as well, flipping the second, and two teeth.
Cut the eyes and irises from the fusible web, then iron that onto the back of the white and black felt. Cut out.
Apply the interfacing to the back of the head, purple ears and teeth.
Peel the paper off the eyes and irises. Using the pattern as a guide, place the eyes where they belong on the head with the interfacing and iron in place. Add the irises on top.
Stitch around each section with the appropriate color of craft thread.
Fold the teeth with fabric right sides together and stitch the sides on each, leaving the top open. Turn right side out, press and top stitch. Pin the pink ear and purple ear right sides together that match each other. Stitch, leaving the straight edge open. Turn right side out. Press and topstitch.
I almost forgot to give this guy his swirly nostrils! Transfer the pattern either by tracing directly onto the fabric or using a transfer pen.
Stitch both lines with pink craft thread.
Layer the batting, InsulBright and the face. Place the teeth on the face according to the lines on the pattern. Fold the ear in half, with the fold toward the top of the head. I placed the ears about 1” down from the corner, but you could even go a little higher.
Place the back of the head right side down over the top. Stitch, leaving 3” open between the teeth at the bottom. Trim the corners.
Turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening. Topstitch.
Sometimes I know exactly where these will go when they’re finished, but I’m not sure yet with this one. He kinda makes me want to sit down with a big bowl of popcorn and a Disney movie, so I might keep him around for a while.
And here’s the whole crew: