Friday, September 2, 2011

Baby Hedgehog Tutorial

Oh baby are these cute!
Have you ever seen pictures of baby hedgehogs?
Aren’t they the cutest?
I came up with an easy pattern for my own baby hedgehog plushie a few years ago. Now I’m breaking out my pattern and will show you how to make them. The body is sewn while the spiny back is crocheted but I’ve included a pattern piece for the spiny back just in case you’d rather sew it.
They’re a great gift for baby showers and fun for little ones, but they do contain small parts.  If you’re going to gift these to small kids the design can be modified to be a bit safer:  
-          Embroider or use felt for the eyes and belly button
-          Leave off the pacifier
-          Use a thick yarn instead of fun fur yarn
You’ll need:
  • small amount of fleece fabric for the body (1/8 yd should be fine)
  • 1 skein of Fun Fur yarn (for crocheted back) or a small amount of plush fabric (for sewn back)
  • Embroidery floss for the nose and mouth
  • 2 doll eyes - I used 9mm solid black
  • 1 small button for belly button
  • Pacifier - these are baby shower favors from the wedding/shower section of the craft store
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing basics

Step 1: Print out the pattern  below [Right+Click (PC) or CMD+click (Mac) and select Print]

Baby Hedgehog Pattern

Step 2: Roughly cut out the pattern pieces. You won't need to cut out the Spiny Back piece unless you choose to sew the back instead of crocheting it.

Step 3: Cut out the pieces from your fleece fabric. Cut on the solid lines. Be sure to cut 4 of each hand and foot piece, 2 of each ear and body piece, and one head center.
Step 4: Sew 2 foot pieces right sides together, leaving top end open. Sew close to the edge being sure to catch both layers of fleece. Repeat for the second foot.

Step 5: Sew 2 hand pieces right sides together, leaving the top end open. Repeat for second hand.

Step 6: Sew the Body Sides, right sides together from the nose dot all the way down to the bottom as shown.
Step 7: Pin the Head Center to the Body matching nose dots and upper dots. It’s a little tricky but “finagle to fit” J Stitch.

Step 8: Turn the body right side out.
Step 9: Now let’s do something fun and attach the eyes! Carefully cut or poke super tiny holes where you’d like the eyes to be. We want to have to really jam the eyes through the fleece and stay put. If the holes are too big the eyes will not stay in the doll.
Put the 2 doll eyes in and attach the washers securely.
Step 10: Crease the top of each ear down just a bit and pin it to the sides of the hedgehog body, right sides together. Stitch.

She’s coming to life slowly. But she kind of looks like a bat right now.
Step 11: Turn the arms and feet right side out and lightly stuff them. You can use poly fill or your scraps of fleece cut into tiny pieces.
Pin them onto the body using the pattern piece as a guide for placement. Stitch. (The long edge of the arm should be at the top. The orientation of the feet doesn’t matter.)
Step 12: Hand stitch the finger and toe lines on the feet and hands with matching thread.
Step 13: Add the belly button (hand stitched).
Step 14: For the crocheted Spiny Back...
Using a large crochet hook (H) chain 6 and join with first chain to create a ring. Chain 2. Crochet all around and join with first crochet.  You can use a single or double crochet. A single will produce a fluffier back but is more time consuming. I used a double crochet on this one.
Don’t worry too much about counting. It’s hard to keep track of stitches with fun fur and you can’t really backtrack. Just keep crocheting around, increasing your stitches until you get a crocheted circle that’s a little larger than the hedgehog’s body.
For sewn Spiny Back: Cut out 2 Spiny Back pattern pieces from plush fabric. Sew all the darts together. Sewn the 2 pieces right sides together along the center back. Turn right side out and continue...

Step 15: With right sides together hand stitch the body to the spiny back, tucking in arms, legs and ears and leaving an opening for turning.

Step 16: Turn, stuff, and stitch opening shut.
Finishing touches:
Embroider the nose and mouth using a matching embroidery floss. The fun part is that the faces all turn out differently. Hand stitch the pacifier onto it’s hand.
Now it’s done. You can add a hair bow, bow tie, or other accessories if you’d like.

1 comment:

  1. Do you happen to have a picture of an all fabric one?