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Plastic Pellet Stuffed Hippo DIY

Posted by Paula Pellet

Hiya friends! I hope everybody’s been having a spectacular week! As many of you may know, I hail from the Ohio heartland. One of the big stories this spring has been a certain premature-born hippo! With all the hippo love floating around, I decided this week’s craft should be a little stuffed hippo filled with my plastic pellets!Stuffed Hippo

Let’s Get Started

To start, download my printable stuffed hippo sewing pattern.




You can do this entire pattern and create your new little friend using one “fat quarter” or about ½ a yard. You will need:

Print and cut out the pattern. You will need:

Trim out all your needed pieces. We will start with the feet, legs, ears, and tail. Cut your D’s, F’s, E’s, and C’s and stitch two together each inside out. Flip them right side out and fill with plastic pellets, leaving about an inch towards the end for easy attaching. Set all aside. If flipping them right side out gets difficult, use the dull end of a pen to help flip it.

Pin and Sew Your Stuffed Hippo!

Next, let’s get the body pinned together. Cut out two G’s and a B. Pin the body piece together starting at the back of the “neck.” Next, Take your B piece and pin the flat edges to the sides of the jaw, with the tapered back going towards the body.

Stuffed Hippohippo patternStuffed Hippo

Take your tail you made earlier and place it inside the pinned body with the curve facing up about an inch from flat bottom of the body. Make sure you leave enough overlap between the body piece and the hem to fully secure it when stitching the pieces together.

Stuffed Hippohippo pattern

Next, take the two small “feet” created out of the F’s and pin them to the bottom of the flat part of the body, about an inch and a half in from the edge. At this point you can stitch along the curved “back” of the hippo, stopping before the curve up for the head begins. You’ll need to wait on this one so you can place the ears.

Let’s tackle those ears now! Repeat the same with the ears at the point where the head curves.

Stuffed Hippo

Next, take your “legs” created from the D pieces and place them again inside about two inches from the base of the head on the curved “belly” portion. Look for the portion that is tapering in towards the tail. Take your A piece and pin starting with the curved side at hippo’s back (near the tail) and pin up to just under the chin.

hippo pattern

hippo pattern

Finally, take your short A piece and pin it from the edge of B down the chin and neckline. You will not pin the short A to the edge of the longer A; you will need this opening at the neckline for stuffing.

hippo pattern

Wow…that’s a lot of pinning! Are you ready for some stitches? Stitch all remaining seams together. You’ll still have the opening at the neckline, and your tail, ears, and legs will be secured within the seams. Pull your little hippo right side out through the opening. You can now fill the body with your two pounds of plastic pellets.

hippo pattern

Next, let’s stuff the head. You can use polyfill or just a tiny bit of quilt batting.

hippo pattern

Next, flip the little head over and use the ladder stitch to stitch the two sides of the neckline together, overlapping them a little bit. Your little hippo should be a bit wrinkly here; hippos have delightful neck wrinkles!

Finishing Touches

You can either use a French knot, buttons, or plastic eyes to give your little hippo a sweet face.

hippo pattern

hippo pattern

To create an extra tassel for the tail, simply take two 6 inch pieces of ribbon, fold in half, and then loop one half around the base and pull through to make a knot.

hippo pattern

hippo pattern

hippo pattern

Pull the ends of your knot to tighten and secure, and then trim down the center of the ribbon to make fringe.

hippo pattern

Put a few stitches through your knot to make sure it won’t come loose and stitch it to the end of the tail.

hippo pattern

And then you’re done! What a cute little stuffed hippo you have! He or she is weighted, so your hippo is the perfect friend to sit in your lap or on your shoulder to provide a small source of comfort.

hippo pattern

What should I tackle next? Tell me what animal you’d like to see on my Facebook page. If you need to purchase plastic pellets for this or any other project, just click the link below. Happy crafting!



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