Smile Crocodile

Smile Crocodile

There was initially some debate about whether he was a crocodile or alligator. I learned that crocodiles have skinny snouts, so there you have it. I've been eager to make a plush with a zipper mouth for a while, and a crocodile with teeth was just too attractive. I'm thinking I may need to make a shark version as well.

I put this guy off for a while honestly, because the zipper made me nervous. But once you start putting it together its really pretty easy - maybe even my easiest pattern yet. And perhaps my favorite, too. I don't know - I really like the turtles. But so far, these have been my girls' favorite.

Smile Crocodile

The first one I made was a hit with the girls, even though I thought he needed a little shaping up. I cleaned up his body all over, but especially made his mouth bigger, and gave him a bit of a nose, so there's something to hold onto when you unzip him. The dark green one in this picture is the prototype.

Smile Crocodile

Update:  The giveaway is now over, but the pattern is available in the shop.  

I know many of you have been wild about the reusable snack bags and the fat quarter purse, but I'm really hoping to see some turtles and flying pigs. This opportunity is open through December - so if you haven't gotten around to making something yet - get to it! Once you've added a photo of your brilliant sewing to the flickr pool, send me an email or flickr message, and I'll reply with the pattern. (see here for a list of all my patterns.)

Smile Crocodile

As a side note, this pattern is for personal use only -but, because it has a metal zipper, its the kind of thing that the new CPSIA regulations prevents small businesses from selling. I guess that is a good thing, since I have no idea what my zipper's are made of. Anyway, I won't be making any to sell, so you'll have to make your own!


Care said...

aw, they're so cute!!

vanessa said...

I love it and currently running over to Flickr to post a pic!

Dot said...

What an adorable idea!
And don't get me started on the CPSIA - "we're from the government and we're here to help you"

Thanks for sharing!

Wendy said...

Super Cute! I've made so many of your snack bags... will put them on your flickr group !
Thanks -

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

super cute I agree with that comment, I am going to take a look at your snack bags, it has me intrigued.

Sally said...

I think these are going to end up under my Christmas tree (which is odd because I have a great fear of crocodiles but yours are just so darn cute - my children will love them!)

Simone said...

Very cute - i love them!! I hope you will send me a pattern.... So I will take a picture and send you!


Greetings from Simone.

Kerri said...

This is next on my personal projects to-do list...great idea! And thanks a bunch for sharing!

Anonymous said...

hi, can i have the tutorial? will make 2 for xmas gifts. thanks, the crocs are tooo cutee

Chia, tjong13@yahoo.com

Ginger said...

What a wonderful croc! Great softie to make before christmas well done!

Trish said...

yes, I would totally love to make my own--that is the most adorable stinkingest cutingest zipper croc I've ever seen! I'm posting a picture now..

Cuddlet said...

That is one cute crocodile! I will be happy to make one!
I've just uploaded photos of Flip Doll I made using your pattern, to your Flickr pool. My Flickr name is Cuddlet. Not sure how to send you a Flickr message, so I hope this comment will do :) My email is nina.saustrup@gmail.com!

Deb said...

what a fun craft!

free-range mama said...

hi, is this tutorial still available?