Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Christmas in July Hedgehog Ornament FREE Pattern




Usually I'm totally last minute with holiday crafts (as in, I barely get any done during the appropriate season).  Not this year though.  I'm part of the Christmas in July Ornament Blog Hop put together by Deb at So Sew Easy, so I'm months ahead this time around:)

My ornament tutorial uses one of my favorite themes: Hedgehogs!! Plus it's easy to do as a non-holiday mini plushie too.  Just skip the holly leaves and little hedgie is now a fun pet toy or mini softie for the kiddies.  



Materials:
- Felt in tan, brown & green
- Red mini pom-pom
- Small round black bead
- Polyfil
- Sewing notions: matching thread, scissors, hand sewing needle, pencil/knitting needle, filament thread/fishing line, embroidery floss

Start by downloading my FREE Hedgehog Ornament PDF pattern HERE.

Cut out the pattern pieces and cut the following:

Tan felt - two bodies, one ear
Brown felt - five 1 inch wide by 4 inch high strips (cut one within the curved line on pattern)
Green felt - two holly leaves



Place a brown strip over the back end, so that that points are just to the right of the tan back end.  Stitch together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.



Overlap another brown strip over the stitching of the first and stitch down the same way. Continue with the next two strips in same way.  Now add ear, placing at a slight angle, stitching over the last row.



Then add the last, curved brown strip.



Turn hedgehog wrong side up and trim the strips down.


Flip spines inward as much as possible an place the other felt piece on top, pinning around the edges.  



Stitch together with a 1/8 inch seam allowance all the way around (leaving a 2 inch gap for turning on the bottom).


Turn right side out, using a pencil or knitting needle to push out the pointed nose.  Fill with polyfil until suitably rounded, then slipstitch gap closed.



Hand sew pom pom nose and holly leaves & berry beads in place.  Do the same with the eye if you have a small black bead or button.  I was sure I did and then couldn't find one so I used a dab of Beads In A Bottle dimensional paint instead.  Backstitch a little smile on with embroidery floss.



Use filament to create a hanging loop at the top and the holiday hedgehog is now ready to hang!


And to make a festive felt tree to go with your DIY felt ornaments, check out this how-to for making one from So Sew Easy:



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28 comments:

  1. He is absolutely adorable! I love how happy he looks, and the little festive holly and berries is just beautiful. Thanks so much for taking part in the Christmas in July feature.

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    1. Thanks for having me Deby & for getting me ahead of schedule for the holidays!

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  2. Really lovely!!! Thanks for sharing tutorial!
    Have a fabulous day!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  3. Thanks for pretty tutorial!
    Kiss from Serbia,
    Cale

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  4. So cute! I've pinned it for future reference.
    Teresa
    http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es

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  5. Awww! He is the cutest. Love the tutorial. <3

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  6. Your little hedgehog is really sweet. Thanks, Cheryl!

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  7. This is SUPER adorable! I'm pinning and making one for my friend who has a hedgie as a pet!
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I'm featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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    1. Fantastic Virginia! I had one when I was a teen and she was such a great little pet. It started my massive love of hedgehogs. Thanks so much in advance for the feature too!

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  8. One of my favorite themes too! It looks great! Pin it!

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  9. Followed from made by be wednesday linky....back in the day..this was my fav thing to do in the summers..make christmas ornaments!

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    1. This was my first time getting ahead of the game. Felt pretty good compared to my usual last minute scramble;)

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  10. How cute!!! I must make them in different sizes to make a hedgehog family!

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    1. LOVE this idea Annie. You could reduce & enlarge my pattern pieces to do it easily. Definitely send a picture when you do - I'd love to share it.

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  11. totally covering my tree in these this year! adorable!!

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    1. A hedgehog filled tree sounds delightful! Now I want to make a full set of them for mine;)

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  12. Hi Cheryl! This is just the most adorable little ornament!!! Visiting from Moonlight & Mason Jars - thank you so much for sharing and pinning! Have a happy week!

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  13. Very beautiful ornament. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend. Tina

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  14. My grandmother gave me a collection of mini felt ornaments and this cutie would a perfect addition! Thanks SO much for the pattern and great tutorial!
    ~ Ashley

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  15. Adorable!!! Every year I give my kids (and now my oldest there's significant others) a Christmas ornament! Finding a set of eight matching ornaments was too much of a challenge last year so I decided the new tradition would be a mama (or mama in law) made one! This is going on the list for this year for sure!!!

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  16. Love this--but when I downloaded the pdf it said there was nothing in the pdf. Sad--any way I could get a pattern? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Robin,

      I just tested this and the pdf downloaded fine. Could you try again/. If you still have trouble after that please email me directly at info@sewcando.com and I can see about emailing the file to you.

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  17. Made a few of these as gifts for the holidays, they're easy even for hand-sewing and turned out great! Thanks for the pattern!

    https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/12342414_10105725783056670_1286322555282930893_n.jpg?oh=be5dda5b6ab89ea738c2ab2a21fc3a67&oe=56DEAFD0

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    1. They look awesome! So thrilled to see them:)

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  18. Awww what an adorable hedgehog! It's also a very original ornament. Thanks for the tutorial!

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