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hippo plushie animal
This was the first plushie that I made (it was handmade), it was for my sister’s birthday. She called it Plátano (Banana in spanish). I wanted to make it more profesional, but it was my first attempt and, at last, it seems well done with the seams at the sight >.<
If you see any gramatical mistake in my tutorial, please, let me know it. I share this tutorial ‘cause it can be useful for others and to practice english.
If you have any doubt, just tell me and I will try to resolve it!

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  • How to make an animal plushie. Plátano, The Hippo - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut the socks like in the image, try to make it straight. I wanted my hippo a little big-headed, if you want it more realistic, cut a little more the sock.
    There is no measurements, I made it by sight.
    Don’t throw away the remains of the socks!!!!

  • How to make an animal plushie. Plátano, The Hippo - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fill the body and head with the fiber, in order to see the size of each part. The socks can contain more fiber tan I tought, so you can make your plushie bigger with a normal sock.
    In this step you can decide if you want to make the hippo less or more big-headed, if you want it less, just cut a little more the sock.
    When you have each part filled, give shape to the head with your own hands. Something like the image (this is the side view of the head):

  • How to make an animal plushie. Plátano, The Hippo - Step 3
    Step 3

    One time you have the head and the body like you want, it’s time to make a running stitch to close each part. If you don’t know what is a running stitch, I recomend you to see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li5sjrDS7aQ

    You will have (image):

  • How to make an animal plushie. Plátano, The Hippo - Step 4
    Step 4

    One time you have the head and the body like you want, it’s time to make a running stitch to close each part. If you don’t know what is a running stitch, I recomend you to see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li5sjrDS7aQ
    You will have (image):

  • How to make an animal plushie. Plátano, The Hippo - Step 5
    Step 5

    With a back stitch (in the first video you can see what it is) make the smile (black thread, better if it is coarse thread).
    When you have finished, make the knot in the bottom of the head.
    I made the nose with grey coarse thread and a back stitch (again, make the knot in the bottom of the head):

  • How to make an animal plushie. Plátano, The Hippo - Step 6
    Step 6

    Teeths: put together two pieces of White felt, attach them with a back stitch and white thread like in the image. Cut them and turn them inside out. I didn’t filled them, just attatched just bellow the mouth.
    Ears: put together two pieces of the remains of the socks. Attach them like the teeths. To attach the ears to the head, first decide where do you want them. I put them just above each eye. After each stitch, sew across to the other side (image). One stitch sideaway, one stitch across.

  • How to make an animal plushie. Plátano, The Hippo - Step 7
    Step 7

    Teeths: put together two pieces of White felt, attach them with a back stitch and white thread like in the image. Cut them and turn them inside out. I didn’t filled them, just attatched just bellow the mouth.
    Ears: put together two pieces of the remains of the socks. Attach them like the teeths. To attach the ears to the head, first decide where do you want them. I put them just above each eye. After each stitch, sew across to the other side (image). One stitch sideaway, one stitch across.

  • How to make an animal plushie. Plátano, The Hippo - Step 8
    Step 8

    Time to attach the head to the body! Follow the instructions on the video video. You will end up like the image.

  • How to make an animal plushie. Plátano, The Hippo - Step 9
    Step 9

    With a little of remain of the socks, cut a slice to hide the knots in the bottom on the head.

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