Have you all made stuffed animals before? Yep, me neither! I thought they would be complicated. I saw this great tutorial over on Sew Mama Sew for this zip mouth crocodile and immediately thought of my little niece.
I used to be one who loved handmade Christmas! And then it completely stressed me out. Josh and I talked it over one year and decided handmade was great, but not at the expense of my holiday enjoyment! So now I only make a gift or two around Christmas! And this little stuffie is the one and only gift I’m making this Christmas!
I thought this tutorial was great! I did (I know this will shock you) change it up just a bit. The directions have you insert the zipper so that the mouth opens and closes, kind of two dimensionally, with no mouth cavity! I wanted my little niece to be able to hide little trinkets in her alligator. I added two u shaped pieces of fabric inside the mouth and then sewed the zipper around the lips!
I absolutely love this little alligator (I decided it can’t be a crocodile since I’m a Floridian) and I definitely need to make many more! I was a little sad the other day when I wrapped it up, packed it in a box and sent it on it’s way to my niece!