Use this family of three hedgehogs to make a cute addition to your windowsill or shelf. Follow the step-by-step guide and sew your own stuffed toy hedgehog family.
Cut from the same template enlarged to different sizes, the hedgehogs are simple to sew from four fat quarters and look great either individually or in a group.
What you will need to sew your own hedgehog family
- 4 fat quarters of coordinating fabric (fabric approximately 46cm x 56cm)
- 18 × 20in (46 × 50cm) paper-backed fusible web
- 4 pieces of A3 card
- Hedgehog template
- Toy stufﬁng
TOP TIP — After you’ve cut the first side of your hedgehog, make sure you flip the hedgehog template, as the hedgehogs need to have opposite sides
How to sew your own hedgehog family
1. Enlarge the body and head and tummy templates by 400% for the large hedgehog, 360% for the medium hedgehog and 300% for the small hedgehog. Glue the templates onto card and cut out following the line.
2. Make 3in (7.5cm), 4in (10cm) and 5in (13cm) square templates from card to use for the spikes.
3. Position the large hedgehog body template onto the bottom left-hand corner of the wrong side of the ﬁrst fat quarter and draw around it. Flip the template over and draw around it again, very close to the ﬁrst drawn body piece. Repeat with the second fat quarter and medium template, then the third fat quarter and small template.
4. Draw around the square templates in the spaces in the fat quarters; above the body sections and in-between the nose. You will need six of each size in total.
5. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, iron the paper-backed fusible web to the wrong side of the fourth fat quarter. Take the head and tummy template for the large hedgehog and draw around it, again close to the edge in the bottom left-hand corner. Flip it over and draw around it again, making sure the templates are close together. Repeat with the medium and small head sections.
6. Cut out all the pieces. Place the squares into piles by size and match up the small, medium and large body and tummy pieces.
7. Take the pieces for the large hedgehog. Peel the paper off the tummy sections then line up along the bottom of the hedgehog and fuse onto the main body. Repeat with the medium and small hedgehogs.
8. Stitch over the join where the tummy section has been fused, by either machine sewing a zigzag stitch or by hand sewing a blanket stitch.
9. Fold the squares in half diagonally and iron. Fold them in half again and iron to make a prairie point (as seen on the left). Repeat with all the squares to make the spikes that go along the back of the hedgehogs.
10. Take the small hedgehog and the smallest prairie points. Line up the raw edge of the prairie points along the outside curve of the body. Make sure the open ends face the same way and tuck the prairie points inside each other. Start positioning them from the head across the body, making sure they stop at least ¼in (6mm) before the bottom, and pin them into place.
11. Tack (baste) along the curve, about 1∕8in (3mm) from the edge. Trim any of the ends of the prairie points level with the curve. Lay the other section on top, right sides together, and sew a ¼in (6mm) seam allowance along the curve from the nose to the bottom.
12. Sew along the bottom edge of the hedgehog, leaving a 2½in (6.5cm) turning gap in the centre.
13. Make the box corner. At the end of the curve, where the square shape is cut out, pull the two sides of the hedgehog in opposite directions until the seam lies ﬂat. Sew across this line using a ¼in (6mm) seam allowance.
14. Trim the seam allowance to 1∕8in (3mm) around the nose. Turn right side out, pushing the corners out and shaping the triangles.
15. Repeat Steps 10–14 to sew the medium and large hedgehogs, then ﬁll the hedgehogs with toy stufﬁng, pushing in a small amount at a time. Sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch or slipstitch. Make the eyes by sewing on buttons, using scraps of felt or embroidering them.
Extracted from 50 Fat Quarter Makes edited by Ame Verso (Struik Lifestyle), it’s also available in Afrikaans as 50 Lapblokprojekte