I used some patterned fleece I already had and strategically cut it to give the giraffe a little more color and interest. I braided some thin ribbon to create the tail, which I stitched into the seam, and "embroidered" (term used loosely) the eyes with plain black thread. Stuffing the giraffe was quite the challenge, but I succeeded (eventually) and hand-stitched the opening as tightly as possible.
It isn't perfect, but toddlers aren't terribly discerning when it comes to concepts such as quality and durability. It's soft, it's colorful, and I'm pretty sure that's good enough for now.