This is “Hetty The Hippo” a knitted toy I made for a new baby based on the Amanda Berry pattern Higgins The Hippo. The only difference from the original pattern is that I added a bow and embroidered the eyes rather than using buttons as it was a gift for a baby girl. The bow was made from a long thin strip of knitting sewn into a loop with a smaller strip sewn around the middle.
I made this little soft toy robot for a friend’s first baby and I was inspired to make the card to match. I’ve added some images showing how to make the toy robot below.
The robot was simply made of 6 sewn cubes. For each cube stitch together 6 squares on the reverse leaving one side open for stuffing. Turn right side out and stuff. Close the open seam with a hidden stitch.
Make 4 small cubes for the arms and legs one large cube for the head and a medium cube (slightly smaller than the head) for the body. Attach the arms legs and head to the body. First securely sew the body to the head. For the arms attached them along one edge so they can move but for the legs attach along the 4 top edges so they remained in place.
I knitted this little puppy from a pattern I found on Pinterest. It’s called Pupster, was created by FuzzyMitten.com and can be purchased on Ravelry.
It was a really quick and simple pattern to follow. I decided to embroider the eyes open as I made it as a gift for a new baby. The original pattern has instructions for a jumper but I decided instead to give him a green scarf to keep him warm which was simply a length knitted in sticking stitch. I also decided to make him all one colour apart from his snout. The original pattern has instructions to have different colour patches on his hands, feet and tail also. Due to the simplicity of the pattern it was easy to make this change so not only is it a good pattern to follow but also a versatile one.
There’s been lots of new arrivals in the last year so I’ve been having fun making toys and new baby cards.
This was my make of the Bloomsbury Elephant knitting pattern by Amanda Berry made for my super cute nephew.
The pattern is available to buy on Ravelry
The pattern designer has lots of other wonderful looking patterns on her page: Amanda Berry
It was very simple to follow and I’m really happy with the result. I also decided to knit a little scarf to keep him warm.
This is a little pin cushion I made for my sister’s birthday in 2011. It was made from a scrap of flower print fabric I had. It was a small square of fabric which I sewed around the edges to gather it together at the bottom then filled tightly with stuffing. I then added a patch at the bottom and over stitched for a neat finish. I then added some little embellishments that can be seen in the picture.
I always like to keep scraps of fabric rather than throwing them away as they are great for little things like this or for small embellishments. They could also be used for fabric buttons. I also keep ribbons, buttons and other little charms etc.