This blog shows my recycled denim creations, along with tutorials for items I have designed myself. I collect old jeans (a strange collection, I know!) and cut them up to make bags, purses, animals and other items of varying sizes and shapes. I then sell these to raise money for weomen and children in the town of Utange, near Mombasa, in Kenya. I help women to set up their own businesses and provide solar lights to enable teachers and pupils to work at home after the sun sets.
I think this may actually be hippo version 4 or 5, but it is the one I am most satisfied with.
I have tried out numerous patterns. This one was one of the first, but I have played around a lot with enlarging it. The original was much too small to sew in denim, and I found the legs really fiddly and unsatisfying. So I have amended the size (this one is still on the large size - 125% made it quite a hefty size, but very cuddly) adapted the legs to make them wider, and added the inner leg as part of the inside body section (all that for those of you who are interested). I'm please with the final result, though I may still play around with the enlargement to see if I can come up with the ideal size. I do have one lone hippo who is large enough to be a seat for a small child... that was the first one, enlarged to 200%. I don't intend to make any more of that size! See my "mega Hippo" post for the photos!