I'm taking a drawing class so I haven't been doing a lot of sewing lately. But when my friend recently had her baby I dusted off the machine to make this stuffed hippo from the February 2009 issue of Sew Hip. I'm a huge fan of the magazine and I love that each issue includes full size patterns for the featured projects. Directions for the hippo were clear, easy to follow and included helpful photos and diagrams. My only complaint is the head/neck piece indicated to cut two when only one was needed.
The magazine is imported from the UK so it's pricey (about $10 an issue) but worth the splurge. It's not carried everywhere but I have found it at Barnes & Noble. And, I recently discovered digital issues are available here for about half the price.