The background fabric for the Zoo Series: use a 18" x 24" piece for the giraffe. All the other animals use a 16" x 18" background.
Tip: Color in the blacks of the animals eyes with a Micron black pen. Micron pens do not seep out of the area you are coloring. I have tried other fabric pens and they work well. Sharpies seep out into the fabric. This tip saves having to turn such tiny pieces for the center of the eyes.
Sharon Schamber Binding Tutorial
I am always referring people to Sharon's binding tutorial.