Yarn, Yorkshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

How do you stuff a Giraffe- with extreme difficulty! Boom Boom- the old ones are the best. Equally testing is how to add horns and a mane!

First who am I talking about- meet Maisie (NB I thought her name was going to be Geraldine but she turned out to be Maisie, or do you think differently?)

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Here she is again, wanting to Go Out to Play (Eat!!)

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So how do you stuff a Giraffe? Well start with a bigger opening than I left. Then use small pieces of toy stuffing- you can’t rush this. Twice as much stuffing material as you think- I have learned that the hard way. Children do tend to carry toys under their arms by the neck which does stretch them somewhat. Make sure you get every nook and cranny Full. I find a knitting needle really helps.

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Having my hand up the backside of the giraffe made me most grateful I am not a zoo vet!

Here is Maisie where she asked to be in the garden..

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chowing the greenery and

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enjoying the fragrance!

I decided to make a giraffe because every craft book I seemed to open  had a toy spotted giraffe as part of the props, but never a pattern. So I was really pleased when I found this one.

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The only problem was I could not access the right materials for the horns and mane. So I used some cord for the horns, and some fluffy trim for the mane. I couldn’t stitch it in as shown on the pattern- instead I sewed in the two ends of the mane  then after it was stuffed I stitched it down.

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So do you like her? Linking in with Frontier Dreams and Handmade Monday





Comments on: "How to stuff a giraffe!" (9)

  1. It did seem intrusive to me, poor Maisie!

  2. Honestly! I never know what I’m going to find when I check in with you tee hee. Hand up a giraffe’s backside indeed!!!!

  3. Hi Cathy! She’s lovely and so cute! Thanks for your comment on Handmade Monday – it looks like the link had closed by the time you arrived – sorry. It’s open from Sunday evening (6pm) till Tuesday noon each week – these are UK times, so you may need to do a little time translation 9which always confuses me). Hoping to see you over there again soon 🙂

  4. creative pixie said:

    Cute and I especially love her sweet little eyes.

    • Oh thanks for that. I changed the pattern for the eyes. Instead of a larger circle of black felt, I chain stitched around the eyes in 2 strands of Black DMC embroider floss. The eye lashes make the eyes tho’.

  5. So very cute!

  6. Hi Cathy!

    I love your little spotted giraffe! Thanks for sharing the tip on stuffing a giraffe.

    Hugs, Tamara

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