The aardvark is an African anteater. The word is Dutch for "earth pig". It has scant hair, so the skin shows through. Thus, it would be most natural made in a short-napped fabric like velour, corduroy or a smooth fabric like a non-stretch double-knit. Prints would be whimsical. It has strong claws for ripping open ant hills and an extensible tongue to collect the insects. Its large ears are upright, so they should be stiffened.
Aardvark to Zebra 's vintage (1980's) stuffed animal patterns are more realistic than cutsy. All pattern pieces were hand-drawn and labeled, with complete instructions, illustrated with hand-drawn construction diagrams. Pattern pieces are full size, printed on one side of !!"x 17" paper, ready to be cut out. Arrows, notches, dots and seam-lines are clearly printed, all referenced in the instructions, so making these animals is easy. There are no construction photos, but a color photo of the finished animal(s) is on the cover, as well as a line- drawing showing seam lines. Many of the patterns have variations, some with more than one animal or the same animal in different sizes. They are a real joy to make and own.