size: approx. 5" tall
- Fabric scraps (largest size needed is approximately 2-1/2”x5-1/2”)
- Selvage strips cut with pinking shears, 1”-wide
- Black beads (eyes), two
- Soft Touch Poly-fil Supreme Fiberfill (Fairfield Processing)
- Sewing needle
- Pinking shears
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine and matching threads
- Turning tools
- Iron and pressing board
- 1. Print and cut out patterns. Transfer patterns onto fabric, including notches on cheeks and dots on back pieces. Cut pieces out as indicated. Gather selvage/scrap strips.
- 2. With right sides facing and using 1/4” seam allowance, sew corresponding pairs of ears, hands and feet together. Turn pieces right side out and set aside.
- 3. Sew notched edge of cheeks together, right sides facing. (Note: This becomes the seam in between the eyes and becomes the bridge of the nose.)
- 4. With right side of cheeks facing up and laying flat, place hands raw edge to bottom edge of cheeks, leaving approximately 1/2” from bottom corners.
- 5. With right side of belly fabric facing up, flip right side of cheeks down on top of belly. Pin center seam of cheeks (bridge of nose) to skinny tip of “belly” piece. Working out from center seam, pin in place to corners. Sew this seam, connecting cheeks to belly with hands sandwiched in between. (Note: There may not be a full 1/4” seam allowance near tip of nose.) Remove pins from hands.
- 6. Use skinny metal turning tool to gently push out nose.
- 7. Pin ears and feet in place.
- 8. Hand sew beads to face and set front body pieces aside. (Note: Substitute black French knots for beads if giving to a child aged three or under.)
- 9. With right sides facing, connect one side of back to spine piece, then connect other side of back to other side of spine.
- 10. There are now a total of three pieces, which include the hedgehog front, back and bottom piece.
- 11. For back “spikes”, use pinking shears to cut 1”-wide fabric strips.
- 12. Lay first strip of fabric on top of hedgehog’s back, 1/4” from edge (for seam allowance) and sew straight across.
- 13. Fold first strip over towards top of hedgehog’s back (tip of head) and lay next strip down, partially overlapping folded-over first strip. Again, sew straight down center of strip. (Note: When looking at inside of back, this stitching line is approximately 1/4” away from stitching line of first strip.) Sew strips right side facing up and right side facing down.
- 14. Continue sewing spikes to back until there is approximately 1/2” remaining at bottom of hedgehog’s back. Strips will cover entire back of hedgehog. Leave end uncovered to close after stuffing. Quick Tip: If making two hedgehogs simultaneously, “chain piece” back strips so you are not starting and stopping with each new strip. Stitch one strip onto one body, then stitch one strip onto next body and rotate until completed.
- 15. Fold all strips down, making sure strips are as flat as possible. They should all face one direction to avoid bunching up.
- 16. Pin hedgehog front to back, right sides facing, making sure ears are pinned securely. Sew pieces together, starting at bottom of one side and going all the way up to head and down opposite side. Remove pins from ears.
- 17. While still inside out, line up “bottom” piece (fold in quarters to have approximate marks to line up) and sew bottom piece from one side of body, to front (sewing in feet), and all the way to opposite side of body, leaving an opening in back for turning. Remove pins from feet.
- 18. Turn hedgehog right side out. Stuff; slip stitch opening closed.
- 19. Use sharp tipped scissors to cut strips as close to seam as possible to loosen them from the seam. Cut one strip at a time, by cutting at approximately 1/2” intervals across each strip. (Note: On next strip, stagger first cut so it appears random and spiked. Continue this until all fur is spiked. Rub and scratch “spikes” to remove loose threads.)
by Kerry Goulder