Mary the Hippo


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Scottie DogMeet Mary, a very feminine hippo! I needed another soft toy for the show so I decided to make one that could be a large pincushion afterwards. I did this last year and it worked very well, I love my Scottie dog pincushion and a second one won’t come amiss.

I found the pattern on Stitch, Craft, Create. They named her, not me! Mary isn’t the first name that comes to mind for a hippo, but it seems to have stuck! The fabric was some I had in my stash, it’s one of those that is really pretty, I just never quite found a use for it. It’s got teacups and teapots on it.

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The instructions are nice and clear, easy to follow, the only negative thing I would say is that I prefer to have the seam allowance included, particularly when there are little fiddly pieces! The pattern went together reasonably easily apart from the feet, they were very fiddly! I hand tacked them first but I still wasn’t really happy with them, it was a shame as I’d even fussy cut the soles of the feet so they each had a rose on them. They just weren’t quite perfect enough for a show entry.

I did have a bit of a laugh with the ears, the instructions said ‘if you have a scrap of wadding…’ I glanced at the floor and in amongst the threads and pins, there was a perfect sized scrap of batting!

DSC_0008 (3)The nostrils were meant to be machine stitched on but I decided it would be neater to blanket stitch instead. I tried a few shops for suitable felt but I could only find bright pink, very pale pink, or a salmony pink. The bight pink does actually match the fabric very well, it just is rather bright, I would have preferred a middle of the road shade,.but bright pink it had to be!

Having stitched on the bright pink nostrils, they stood out somewhat, Mary needed a bit of pink somewhere else. I cut out flowers in varying sizes, enlarging each time until I was happy with the size. I stitched it together and then tucked it under her ear. I added a flower and a leaf to her mouth to balance it out.

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When I looked at her feet again I really wasn’t happy, I wondered about giving her pink soles, but then decided on the idea of pink toenails! It didn’t take as long as I thought to blanket-stitch around the four feet.

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The feet then looked a bit pink, or rather a lot pink! To tone it down I gave her mint green soles, which I think nicely blends with the flower theme, they look vaguely like flowers!! It’s amazing how things develop according to need!

I think Mary is really cute, I love her little ears, she’s got a butterfly in each one! She’ll make a great pin cushion at the end of May!

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Mary the Hippo

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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11 Responses to Mary the Hippo

  1. Thimberlina says:

    Mary’s got to be the cutest pin cushion to-be ever! šŸ˜€

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  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Totally agree with Ali: super-duper cute!
    Yes, it’s amazing what we come up with during a string of “needs a bit more fill-in-the-blank”!

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  3. ccmercer1982 says:

    So sweet! Love her floral print!

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  4. amcclure2014 says:

    Mary is rather cute and so well made. She’ll holds plenty of pins when the time comes.

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  5. yvonne says:

    Mary the Hippo looks lovely good luck xx

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  6. Oh she’s a cutie. I love her flower! šŸ™‚


  7. She is so adorable. I want to make a hippo ornament for my niece for christmas, do you think the size would work for an ornament or could be shrunk a bit? Thanks and love your finished hippo!


    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks. she is pretty big, about 13″ long and 7″ high, it depends how big an ornament you want really šŸ™‚ I don’t know how easy it would be to shrink the pattern because of the gussets, underneath would be easy enough but the top would need a bit more fiddling I think.


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