My lovely friend Jess had a baby a little while back, so I thought I’d make him a little something. Seen as her little lovely’s middle name is spike… a hedgehog seemed the obvious answer! Look how totally adorable he is, makes my heart go a bit wobbly.
You will need:
- 1/4m teal cotton canvas
- 1/4m orange cotton canvas
- brown embroidery thread
- toy stuffing
1. Cut the templates out from the pdf attached. Cut 2 body pieces from the teal canvas. From the orange cut 2 head pieces and 4 ear pieces.
2. pin the ear pieces together and sew from corner to corner, leaving the bottom open, with a 5mm seam allowance. cut notches in the fabric all the way along to prevent puckering. Turn and press.
3. fold the top quarter of each ear over on the raw edge of the fabric. Pin half way down the side edge of each body piece and sew to secure the fold with a 5mm seam allowance.
4. pin the head piece on top of the body piece, facing in, sandwiching in the ear. Sew with a 1cm seam allowance and repeat for the other side.
5. Press the seams out on both pieces.
6. On each side of the face, mark an eye and some eyelashes onto the centre of the face using tailors chalk or pencil. Knot the thread and neatly hand sew the eye using back stitch.
7. Pin the two pieces right sides together and sew the hedgehog together with a 1cm seam allowance. Leave an 8cm gap at the bottom. Snip into and across the top of the spikes, and snip into the curved areas of the fabric to prevent puckering.
8. Turn the hedgehog the right way out and stuff with toy stuffing, then slip stitch the opening closed by hand.
9. Finally, stitch the nose onto the front using satin stitch, being careful not to pull the thread tight or it will squash the nose and pucker the fabric.
That’s one little spikey squishy friend all finished and ready to sit happily on your bed.