Its name is "Marly" and it's a cow. I immediately thought of the old nursery rhyme:
I never saw a purple cow.
I hope I never see one.
But I can tell you anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one.
When I went to the fabric store though, the hot pink fleece matched the color of the drawing better than any of the purple fleece, so I went with the best match. Fast forward two weeks and here it is in huggable form:
Sometimes it's tricky interpreting the back of a child's drawing. The difficult tasks with this one were figuring out a way to make supportive legs and devising a skinny, yet supportive neck.
I did it by giving the cow a triangular rump and inserting a sewn tube of vinyl that extends diagonally from the base through the neck and into the head, then hand-stitching the back part, front legs, and head together.
Soon it will be sitting on the bed of the little girl who designed it.
I never saw a hot pink cow
But now I'm glad I did.
I took a drawing, flat and small
And made it plush and big.