Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hedgehog Critter Mittens Free Pattern + Tutorial

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Today's tutorial is a fully lined, fleece Critter Mitten that I designed last winter. It was published in Sew Hip magazine in the UK at that time.  With chilly weather finally coming around (and not being bound by exclusivity clauses any longer), I figured it was a good time to share this idea.   Let more little hands stay warm!  I'm a huge lover of all things hedgehog-related so making these was a lot of fun. And besides being fun mittens, they double as hand puppets too!

These mittens will fit most children between ages 4-8.  I have a printable PDF pattern you can download to make it super easy:

You'll Need:
- 3/8 yard tan fleece
- 1/8 yard brown fleece
- 2  small Black pom poms
- 4 Animal eyes or small brown buttons
- Brown Thread
- Black Thread
- Sewing notions (ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, tailor's chalk/disappearing marking pen, handsewing needle, pins)

* Since I'm providing my printable pattern for personal use for free, please do not redistribute it elsewhere or try to sell it.  That wouldn't be very nice.    

Cut out pattern pieces from the folded piece of mitten fabric so that you have two mirrored pieces of each  mitten part:

Mark eye placement on top pieces.  To mark the quill placement, measure inward 4 inches from pointed side draw a perpendicular line.  Measure another .5 inches to the right and draw another line.  Repeat 3 more times.  Cut out 10 strips from the brown fleece that are 3 inches wide by 4.5 inches high and mark each one down the middle.  Place the first one's line over the line on the mitten top and stitch together on the line:

Fold the brown strip towards the left and repeat with the other strips and repeat on the other mitten:

Set the eyes on the markings according to the maker's instructions:

Then fold each mitten top over like shown with the first strip folded out.  Hold a ruler over it's seam (to avoid cutting it) and then cut .5 inch strips to make the quills.  Repeat with remaining brown strips, one section at a time.

Now take the large thumb piece and with right sides facing pin it along one side of a mitten top.  Pin this piece to the opposite side of the other mitten top (so you don't end up with two mittens for the same hand!):

Now take the mitten bottom pieces and with right sides facing pin the small thumb pieces along the curve like this:

Do the same for the top and bottom lining pieces for both mittens:

With right sides facing, pin the top and bottom pieces for both the outer & lining mittens  together like so:

Stitch together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance leaving the cuff ends open:

Turn the outer mittens right side out:

Insert the lining into the outer mittens and fold the raw edges of the cuffs inward 1/2 inch and pin together:

You can either machine stitch around 1/8 inch from the cuff edge or ladder stitch them together by hand.
Hand sew the pom-pom nose on to each mitten:

Now little hands can be cosy warm and cute too!

Sharing this with my FAVE LINK PARTIES too so click HERE to check them out!


  1. Cheryl, those are DARLING!!! Oh I can just see the eyes of little kids everywhere opening wide and the looks of excitement when they put these little mittens on! Thanks so much for joining my Pearls and Lace Thursday party! I am so honored to have you!!!
    Blessings, Doni

  2. Thanks so much everyone!

    Doni, your sweet comment just made my day:) And you're right - my kids loved trying these on!!

  3. Awww! This is so cute! Looks very much like my hedgehog on my calendar for January. Love my baby animals calendar : )

  4. how absolutely adorable!!!!!! thanks for sharing and having the print out -- this is just great! sending hugs and so glad you dropped by so i could find you! going to go link up...your newest follower! hugs...

  5. So darn cute! Wish my sewing skills were up to snuff enough to do this for my little boy.

  6. This is so adorable!! Thank you so much for sharing this fun tutorial! ♥

  7. These are adorable.Thank you for joining us at the Thursday Favorites Hop. Wishing you a happy weekend! xo P.S. Have you entered the Pink Poodle giveaway yet?

  8. I'm so glad everyone likes these:)

    Andrea - I'm thrilled to have you!

    Jenny - these are pretty easy to make - if you can sew a straight line, you can make them:)

    Katherine - you too and yes I already entered - those things are too cute not to!!

  9. These mittens are adorable! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  10. these are darling! Thanks for linking up to my What We Wore and Made party

  11. Oh my goodness Cheryl, these mittens are adorable! they're the second hedgehog themed craft linked up this week! Love them -so cute!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. Awww these are So cute.. Kids are sure to love them! Playful and cozy..
    Thanks for sharing at craftionary..
    be sure to check out on Friday if you have been featured..

  13. Oh. my. goodness. These are adorable! Grey must have a pair. I'll be featuring these cuties tonight. Thanks for linking with air your laundry friday again, Cheryl!

  14. Those are the cutest mittens! I found you via For the Kids Friday and am a new follower. I have a new meme called Thematic Thursday and this week's theme is Winter/Snow. I'd love to see this post linked up. Find Thematic Thursday here. I'm also going to link up your Craftastic Monday to the list of creative linkies at Link Rink.

  15. What a great post! Would you please share this with our readers for fun stuff fridays?

  16. Thanks so much for all the mitten love! I've linked them up to the new parties and appreciate all the features!!

  17. These are so cute! I'm hosting a winter theme link party today and would love it if you linked up!



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