Monday, 13 October 2014

Mini Hedgehog Tutorial

These mini hedgehogs are part of the new cut and sew animal designs I have just made available for sale at Spoonflower. They have been made from the faux suede which is lovely to hand stitch and here are a few simple instructions on how to make them.

First you will need Harriet Hedgehog swatch. You will also need scissors, a needle and thread and some polyester fibre fill.

The seam allowance is the paler area around the main image, approximately 4mm. You will need to cut on the outside of these areas.

Once all the pieces have been cut out you can place the centre back pieces right sides together and stitch along the centre back. The best stitch to use is back stitch because it is nice and strong.

Next centre the face with the back right sides facing together and stitch together.

The legs can also be sewn together leaving an opening to turn through where they will be attached to the body.

It is a good idea to snip the corners and around curves to have a nice smooth shape when it is turned through, although this is not absolutely necessary on the faux suede.

TIP - a crochet hook is excellent to smooth out the seams of the feet and the hedgehog once they turned through.

Once all the feet have been turned through place the top and bottom sides of the hedgehog together. It is important to start stitching at the nose to make sure the pieces are centred.

 Then stitch around placing each leg in position between the two layers as you go.

Leave the section between the two back legs open so that it can be turned through to the right side.

Once the hedgehog is turned through you can smooth inside the seams with a crochet hook, then fill with polyester fibre fill and stitch shut with slip stitch.

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