This three inch high miniature felt hippopotamus is made from two main pieces of felt, stitched together by hand using the back stitch, or by machine. It is an easy project and a good way for a beginning sewer to learn how to work with small curved seams. The hippo can be hung on a Christmas tree or used as a toy in a fashion doll scene, or as a large toy in a dolls house scene. The little hippopotamus can be made even smaller. Shrink the pattern pieces before your print them. It is a good idea to make the hippo first in the size shown on the pattern as a practice run.