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I made a Hedgehog! (Raggedy Hedgehog)

such a happy, bumbling creature.

So I’ve been wanting to make a few animals for a while. Animals that not many other babies have, so Knox can have a few creatures in his vocab that are somewhat unique.

And then I saw this post by LollyChops.

Now I knew I NEEDED to make a Hedgehog!

I wanted to go for a more raggedy, realistic look. So instead of leave shapes I cut double-ended wedges. Making sure they were long on one end and short on the other. That way, they would stick out and create a ‘fluffed up’ effect.

The wedges are folded so the longer wedge is on the bottom close to the hedgehog body. They are sewn away from the head of the hedgehog to create directionality.

All the furs were sewn by hand. (I know hedgehogs normally have prickles, but oh well). It wasn’t too hard though as I basically sew them in a row. Then reinforced the longer wedge so there wouldn’t be too much bare hedgehog skin exposed when you ruffle him.

And then we had to add the smile.

Now I just need to add a tail and some short stubby limbs to make him more anatomically correct.

A baby seems to be the best excuse for making fun, frivolous little things that are somehow deeply fulfilling.

We don’t know what to name the little fella yet. Any ideas? Otherwise we might just call him HEDGEHOG because we’re boring people like that. Oh, and because we try to use complete sentences around our son. : p


Breast is best.

Birdie mobile

Birdie mobile

Recently became interested in pinterest, and when I saw this project from Jess at Craftiness is Not Optional I couldn’t resist! Plus felt is so simple for sewing! No awkward serging or french seams!

While I was matching wing fabrics for the birdies, Knox got very fussy lying on his belly by himself, so I put him on my lap. He watched me match fabrics for a while and the next thing I knew, he was asleep. This is the first time something like this has happened… falling asleep while not mobile. I was very pleased.

The next morning when Knox woke all the birdies were done up with a big bundle of twine. He kept staring at them as they lay in a bunch on a couch. Btw, did you know that scientists use the stare length of pre-language infants to determine their cognitive ability (recognition, interest, understanding of disparity…etc). Check out this cool article here about the scientist, Elizabeth S. Spelke, who pioneered that technique!

I decided to use twine for hanging them as I have not a scrap of yarn in our house. Had a bad experience knitting when I was a kid. So am not fiddling with yarn at the moment! But I’ve made some very happy twine coasters recently. So I’m in love with twine right now.

As I don’t have anything hoop-ish at hand for the top of the mobile, I decided to use a clothes hanger, twist it into the appropriate shape (which turned out to be heart-shaped, I know, so cliche) hang the bunch of twine from the hanger part. I then got some small wooden clips to keep the separate strands of twine birdies in place along the hanger.

I then hung it from a 3M hook from the overhang of the ceiling. (we live in a rental, so no screw-ins!)

Weird that something so simple as twine can look so pretty!

The Knoxter seems to like it. He stares at it every morning when he first wakes up. Not that it allows him to be enthralled and left alone in his crib long. But the fact that he stares warms his mama’s heart.

Happy Feet!

Just a nice lazy afternoon with Knox.