cool.... i've had a lil search around craftster for whales and i found this :https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=83379.0;all
the only problem is you'd probably need a sewing machine to make it.....
if you're not sure about that pattern, you could make your own - i remembered http://www.freewebs.com/happywhaleproductions/forsale.html
and if you click on the pictures, you can sort of see how the whales are constructed, and you can use them as a starting point.
You could also just make a really simple stuffy by getting a basic whale silhouette/outline and just sewing that up so you have a flat whale - you could make it like an IOU, give your friend a tiny felt whale now with some sort of message in/with it, and then later when you're sewing machine is working, you could whip up a big whale!
heres what im on about :https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156058.0
you could maybe make part of the whale out of rainbow fabric too
okay... other ideas: make little sculpey magnets of stuff she loves, or...oh! you could get a blank sketchbook/journal, cover it with cool contact/pictures to hide the not so exciting outside, and then on some of the pages draw some little pictures of platypi, whales, germany, and anything related to anything she likes
. you could also scatter through the pages little inside jokes and maybe quotes of silly things you guys have said? WHOOPS! i only just realised thats what meandering artist
d'oh.... anyway, i'll stop ranting...hopefully you have some more ideas now?