I’m not a big fan of most children’s programming. There are a few notable exceptions, one of them being a British children’s animated show called “Kipper.” Kipper is a gentle show, with very mild peril every now and again to keep things interesting, and a generally rosy, cheerful outlook on life. The art is pretty, the characters are not whiny, and the adventures are a fun mix of realism and fantasy. And the baby pig, Arnold, sucks his thumb almost as much as Lefty sucks hers.
One episode has Kipper and his friends observing some hedgehogs in the yard… which led, of course, to our family falling in love with hedgehog videos on-line, and hedgehog books, and Jan Brett’s cute hedgehog color pages and many things hedgified.
That generally leads to wanting to share hedgies with friends, too, particularly if you are a Rising Seven little girl with a Newly Six little friend who adores handmade things (she received the Frog Toss game last year, and still plays with it). So, in anticipation of a little friend’s birthday, I made a hedgehog in fleece. Decided non-spiky, and very cuddly and wee.
Which led, of course, to requests from bigger lads and lasses for their own hedgehog (one on a clip to be worn as a hair ornament, one “in blue, please”–and the young fellow requesting it was delighted that I understood the Sonic reference), plus requests from my own little girlies for hedgehogs, and hedgehogs to send to far-off Outer Mongolia (really! No hyperbole! They’re going to Outer Mongolia!)… Well, I’m a hedgie-making Mama in the evenings just now.
These don’t take much in the way of fabrics, and could be done in felted wool just as easily as fleece; I prefer to handsew them (backstitch, tiny) as they’re too fiddly for good machine work and would need to be finished by hand anyhow.
Click to download a PDF pattern and instructions; these are free for personal use, but please don’t be a jerk and sell them or sell the pattern. Just link back here, and let people make their own.
For more handmade gift ideas, and an all-around peaceful, pleasant spot to read, visit the 2011 Handmade Holiday at Plain and Joyful Living, too!