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« on: June 19, 2008 09:40:56 PM »

Christmas is a time for joy, and obscure references in my case.  Here is a gift I crafted last Christmas for one of my loved ones.  See there is a family story involving her and the song "I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas" so I felt duty bound to give her one!  One of the lines says something like, I can't wait to look under the tree and see my Hippo Hero standing there.  Well, here came an idea!



He is made of fleece, with a fleece removable costume for his secret identity. 
There was a puppy pattern that I happened to have from Simplicity I think, so I did some modifying and ended up with the cutest hippo I know! 





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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2008 09:55:44 PM »

Oh my gosh. That is the cutest little thing I have seen all day! *wants to snuggle it* I love those little bucky teeth and his cute little cape!

Edit: OH! And I know that song!! ...and now it's stuck in my head. Wink
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2008 11:27:24 PM »

That is so cute!!!!!! I love him.  A Hippo hero is something you definitely don't see every day...  very cute idea!  I must say the spiral little nostrils may be my favorite part... or the button eyes... or the teeth... i don't know i just loooove it!
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2008 12:35:34 AM »

Oh he is just THE cutest, he's goooooorgeous, I WANT ONE!!!  Wink  Nice job!
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2008 03:13:53 AM »

SO CUTE! I love his little swirl nostrils ^_^
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2008 06:39:19 AM »

Hippo is too cute!!! Love the superhero costume...I am sure he is well loved!
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2008 10:18:21 AM »

That is one adorable hippo. I especially love his nostrils!
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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2008 10:25:40 AM »

hes adorable!
i want one for christmas lol... to the fabric store i go!...
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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2008 10:32:59 AM »

...I want a hippopotamus for Christmas now too Smiley. He is TOO cute!
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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2008 11:25:54 AM »

Oh my goodness, he is so stinkin' cute!! That song was a constant theme around our house this past Christmas, too. So I got my daughter a Hippo Webkinz. This would have been much better. Well done, you!
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« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2008 12:10:14 PM »

Thanks everyone.  His nostrils were tricky since I don't hand embroider often and I forgot to add them until after he was all sewn up. Tongue They were supposed to be plain circles, but I love spirals to much to do them any other way!

 He is loved, but my son keeps trying to steal him away from his new home Roll Eyes

BTW he is modified from McCalls M4893.  I just redrew the legs, took off the tail, added a mouth dart (and cute, slightly crooked teeth), moved the ears, redrew the head piece...and I think that is it.  I can't remember it all since I have slept a few times since then, but I saved my freezer paper modified pattern in case he needs a sidekick. Wink

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« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2008 04:28:51 PM »

So cute! I love his nose and he looks so so so super snuggly :3.
I feel like he should have one of those little birds as a sidekick. You know, the ones that always seem to perch on hippos in pictures.
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« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2008 05:11:14 PM »

PaperDragon- If I make another one, I might use that idea and make him a birdie sidekick.  That would really be cute.
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« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2008 07:32:39 PM »

IT'S A HIPPO!!!!!!!!! A HUGGABLE HIPPO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2008 09:00:01 PM »

GREAT JOB.
Grin this is too cute.
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« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2008 11:02:43 PM »

it's the fantastapottamus!
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« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2008 11:12:21 PM »

it's the fantastapottamus!

I love it!  Nice word!  And he is VERY huggable, cuddlable and just cute!
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« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2008 12:29:09 AM »

That is just the cutest thing!! I love it Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2008 04:21:29 AM »

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the cutest hippo I've ever seen!!!! I want it... NOWWWWWWWWW becouse I have a sudden need to hug him!!!!!! sooooo sweet!!!!
Great job!!
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« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2008 05:48:29 AM »

I love hippos. My collection of plushies sitting on my shelf want him to join them, now!

His tail is cute, and thems little teeth.

Hippo's say "HoO-HoO-HooOOoOoo!!'
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« Reply #20 on: June 21, 2008 11:27:43 AM »

He is the cutest hippo I have ever seen!
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« Reply #21 on: June 21, 2008 01:24:03 PM »

Awwww!  I love his nostrils! Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: June 21, 2008 01:24:53 PM »

 ;DCUTEST HERO...EVA!!! Great job!*smiles*
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« Reply #23 on: June 21, 2008 01:36:48 PM »

I love hippos. My collection of plushies sitting on my shelf want him to join them, now!

His tail is cute, and thems little teeth.

Hippo's say "HoO-HoO-HooOOoOoo!!'

His tail is just a braided scrap of the body fabric.  A normal hippo tail didn't look quite right, but I think this works!

So much love for the huggable hero
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« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2008 06:59:25 AM »

Haha! Great! The first picture is really like a Plane rather than a hippo
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« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2008 03:14:10 PM »

Oh my goodness! He is sooooo cute! I love those two front teeth, and well, everything about him! Cheesy You have a heck of a talent goin' on there, girl! Wink
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« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2008 05:34:04 PM »

I love that song!  And I love hippos!  In fact, one year, I snuck a ceramic hippo into my mother's ceramic nativity set.  It has joined the cattle, sheep, and camels every year since then.  Very cool!
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« Reply #27 on: June 26, 2008 06:31:59 PM »

the hippo is so adorable. when it is transformed into hippo hero, it looks so different. Great work
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« Reply #28 on: June 26, 2008 06:35:55 PM »

That is awesome!  I've had a stuffed hippo since I was 2, hippos rock!   Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: June 26, 2008 08:30:29 PM »

the hippo is so adorable. when it is transformed into hippo hero, it looks so different. Great work

Thanks, It is amazing what a contrasting color can do, look at Superman!

That is awesome!  I've had a stuffed hippo since I was 2, hippos rock!   Cheesy

I'm glad you have held on to your hippo.  Thanks!
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« Reply #30 on: June 26, 2008 10:58:30 PM »

this is hilarious!!

I love it!
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« Reply #31 on: July 02, 2008 01:47:11 PM »

Ohhhh he's SO adorable. Thank you so much for pointing me towards him! He's such a delight! I love his little costume. Aww. And now I have that song stuck in my head. He is definitely the cutest thing I have seen today...maybe this week, maybe the month!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy I just want to snuggle him until he explodes in a puff of cute!
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« Reply #32 on: July 05, 2008 04:32:48 PM »

OMG - TOO CUTE!!!!
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« Reply #33 on: July 05, 2008 09:35:19 PM »

Glad y'all like him.  Like I said, fun to make once I figured out the pattern.  Not too hard either.
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« Reply #34 on: July 06, 2008 01:26:06 PM »

haha my mom and i drove everyone nuts with that song last year at christmas...lol...your hippo hero is extremely adorable!!! i want one.......
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