|Lilly, David. sonic31.jpg. 22-Aug-99. Pics4Learning. 16 Apr 2012 |
My four-year-old son is obsessed with animals and mysteries, so somewhere in between checking out every known animal book at the library and the kid’s series Mysteries of Alfred the Hedgehog I decided that a hedgehog would make a lovely pin cushion.
A quick internet search told me that my idea was far from original, so instead of starting from scratch. I found two nice inspiration pieces to work from.
|Braddlebury Crafts' Felt Hedgehog Pin Cushion|
|Fiona Marie's Free Hedgehog Pin Cushion|
The next discovery was this little guy from Fiona Marie’s Thread: a piece of my mind. Perfect! It came with a free pattern.
I decided to use Fiona Marie’s pattern, but attempted to execute it more like Braddlebury Craft’s pincushion. The pattern looked smaller than I wanted, so I enlarged it on my printer as large as it would while still fitting on a single sheet of paper. I used recycled synthetic felt for the exterior and stuffed it with wool scraps. I did a little needle felting to give it the shape I wanted.
But no project is done in a vacuum at this house, so my kids wanted to join in the fun too. My daughter, six years old, went for a vibrant green and yellow, but ran out of steam when it came to sewing on quills. Hers was cut using the original FM pattern, but her cutouts had considerable seam allowance.
|Post Nuclear Meltdown Hedgie|
My son couldn't be bothered to sew his eyes or nose on, let alone his quills. He just stuck pins through some buttons and called it good. No amount of needle felting could salvage this little fellow. He still looks more snail than hedgehog. He’s what I imagine hedgehogs might mutate into after a nuclear leak.