A Little Felt Hedgehog is a sewing pattern & tutorial to make a beloved woodland creature of your very own. The finished stuffed animal is 7.5 cm (3″) high and 11 cm (4 1/2″) long, which is close to the real life size of a small hedgehog!
Do you know where you are likely to find hedgehogs? Well, its name gives it away. They are known to root through hedges looking for food, snorting like a hog (thus its name!). And that means you might see one at night in your garden! But please note that this is true only if you are in Europe, Asia or Africa, hedgehogs’ native lands. Some of their favorite foods happen to be the very creatures that gardeners despise, such as slugs. So not only are they cute, but they are also valuable pest controllers.
Sadly, hedgehog habitats are in decline today. There are dangers for them as well, like cars hitting them when they try to cross a street. So, if you are a gardener and want to create another hedgehog haven there, you can find helpful information at the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. I especially like their idea of hedgehog highways!
The most iconic characteristic of a hedgehog is its prickly quills. (Note: I call them quills, but apparently a more correct terminology is spines, according to the Animal Diversity Web.) An adult hedgehog has over 5000 of them on average!
Needless to say, I didn’t want to recreate those hard spiky quills on my Little Felt Hedgehog. Instead, I came up with prickly-looking and yet soft-to-the-touch embroidery thread quills! It takes some time to cover the entire back of the Little Felt Hedgehog with these stitched quills, but I think that every inch of it is worthwhile to create this cute felt creature.
The Little Felt Hedgehog sewing pattern & tutorial is a download item, which is available from my online shop, muumade.etsy.com. You can also click on any photo above to go to the item page and download the instructions instantly upon purchase.
Hurray to the little garden helper!