Thursday, September 22, 2011

a wee spikey craft tutorial

Yesterday the children and I sat together in the afternoon and made little hedgehogs.

Here is how to make one for yourself... First, cut out two pieces of brown felt in the shape of a raindrop. Put them together and sew the edges leaving a little gap for stuffing with clean wool. (Isn't Rebe's sewing getting really neat?) Sew up the gap.

Next knit a little rectangle for the back. Any kind of spikey yarn would work well like mohair. I have no idea what kind of yarn this is (possibly for rugs?!) but it certainly makes lovely hedgehog spikes (If you'd really like some to knit some hedgehogs I have a whole ball and if you send me a SAE I will post you enough to make a couple :-) you can email me The rectangle we knitted was: CO 8 st, knit SS (1 row knit, 1 row purl) for about 10 rows or until it would cover your hedgehogs back. BO

Sew the spikes onto the hedgehog leaving the little face/head free.

Sew on beads/buttons/scraps of felt for eyes and nose and any other embelleshment required (Rebe's needed a bell - of course)

I sewed a little scrap of brown felt over a safety pin on Benny's so he can wear it as a badge.

Here's my poorly wee boy wearing his hedgehog. He called it 'Enemy', although I am pretty convinced he meant Henry, but 'Enemy' it is :-)

I've also been working away on this wee man...

Watch this space for a chance to win him :-)

I have another couple of dolls I would love to make right now, but I can't seem to find any wool roving anywhere...

but all these little kittens keep appearing ...

Oh look and there's another one :-)

What autumny crafts have you been working on?


  1. Hi Laura
    Your little hedgehogs are so adorable. we ahve been talking about hedghogs this week and I have been planning on knitting a couple but I think I'll go for making felt heldgehogs like yours. I would love a bit of spiky yarn to add for the prickles. I will email you.
    Have a happy day.

  2. Laura, those hedgehogs are brilliant!!! The boy doll is too- yours are the best ever. <3

  3. Aww, those hedgehogs are so cute :)
    Oh and by the way Laura, just had to say how your wonderful 'Angel Day' really inspired me as next Thursday Warren and I are getting married, just us n the kids :)

  4. ohhh lots of lovely cute crafts! well done. will definatly be giving the hedgehog a go. even for me, the non knitter. I might manage that! lol
    Loving the doll! stunning!

  5. What a darling hedgehog! I think I need to get out my felt and make a little hedgie for our home :) ~April