Adventures in Softie Making: Henrietta Hippo

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

It's time to share another set of softies! This time I worked from the Henrietta Hippo Pattern by Lucy Blaire. When I was looking for my next softie project, I came across this pattern and knew I had to make it. I've been obsessively following the progress of Fiona, the baby hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo earlier this year. They update their Instagram regularly with photos and videos of her!

I managed to chose the fabric for this project pretty quickly. I wanted a small, dense print and I happened to have just the thing in my stash. I've been hoarding this print from Out to Sea by Sarah Jane since it came out in 2012. I matched it up with some leftover Widescreen for the accents.

Why make one when you can make two? I went ahead and made two softies at the same time, one for my Mom's birthday and one for me. Now we have matching Fionas!

I found little navy buttons for the eyes and stitched them on using purple embroidery floss. Look at those cute ears!

Glad I finally cut into this print, I think it's a great use for it. Plus I still have about 3/4 yard leftover! I auditioned a few other accent prints in the same color, but the widescreen ended up being just right.

These are by far the best softies I've made so far. The pattern was nice and easy to follow and I didn't even mis-cut any of the mirrored pieces! This was a fun one to make, it was nice to work at a larger scale than my last set of softies. Next up, I'm making a whale softie!

Happy Sewing!


  1. Oh a whale, I can't wait. I live on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia and we have whales swimming past with their babies as they are migrating south. I have had one on my to do list made out of denim but haven't been brave enough. Looking forward to seeing how yours turns out.

  2. You are killing me with the softies! I guess I should step into making them since I have a one year old granddaughter. Maybe I'll try the whale after I see yours. I am also a huge fan of Fiona. I'm am making this for some lucky baby.

  3. Super super happy! Fiona love!

  4. I love these two little matching Hippos.
    They are so cute. I love the chosen fabrics too.
    I should make one of these for my daughter's new baby. I could make it out of flannel or ??
    Thank you for sharing the pattern source too
    Fiona is a cute name. I used to figure skate with a girl names Fiona. She was adorable haha
    Happy Thursday

    1. Thanks! I think you could make it out of flannel! I would just be careful since flannels usually have a bit more open weave than quilting cotton, you may not be able to stuff it as tightly!

  5. Repeating after myself - I am NOT going to make softies - I am NOT going to make softies - I am NOT ...... Oh, but they are SO cute!!


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