Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Henrietta the Hedgehog...FREE applique

I love Hedgehogs! Seriously, I think they have to be the cutest critters ever! I adore the fact they always seem to be smiling, and those feet, goodness gracious those feet...so sweet! My hubby is crossing his toes that this little obsession of mine soon passes, do hedgies stink? He is certain they do, but I can't imagine anything so precious smelling bad, can you?

Anyway, the other day I saw a little girl with the most adorable hedgehog appliqued shirt, of course my Bella Bug (isn't she beautiful?) HAD to have one immediately (says me). I rushed home and got to work. It turned out so sweet that I had to share, I can think of a million ways to use this template, I hope you can too! In celebration of my first ever tutorial we are going to have some fun with Henrietta with a little giveaway for you all.

Here are the rules:

Better yet, put a pic on our flikr using Henrietta on your project before the end of the month and get a free Abbie pattern just for playing along! Be sure to email us with your address.

This is what you need:
  • Download Henrietta Template (click on template)
  • Soft-fuse or Heat-n-Bond Lite
  • Open foot is very helpful
  • Scraps, thread, basic sewing kit
  • Two buttons
  • Water soluble marker
  • Embroidery floss

Step 1...
Trace template onto wrong side of fusible product. Make sure you number the pieces. Cut them out, but just roughly. You'll cut them out exact later. Download template above in supply list, click on "template".

Step 2...
Follow the manufacturers instructions and fuse pieces to WRONG side of fabric scraps. Cut them out and peel off paper back.

Step 3...
Using diagram and following numbers, put your pieces onto item. I ironed it all at the same time when I was finished with the placement.

Step 4...
Use a blanket stitch, zigzag, or satin stitch to secure all edges. If I had this to do over again, I would have used a raw edge applique on the "quills".

Step 5...
Sew on buttons. Mark eye, and smile and embroider with a basic backstitch. I used dark brown floss.
That's it! Your done! Isn't that simple and so sweet? I can't wait to see what all you amazing crafters do with my little hedgehog. Gracie wants me to put one a messenger bag for her, I am using wool and corduroy. Can't wait to show it off to all of you :o)

Remember, you can get the download by clicking on the word "template" in the supply list.

Happy Sewing!

P.S. Next week Mr. Fox will be coming your way for all the little men we know :o)


  1. OMH! That Bella is so adorable! And the hedgie, almost as cute as Bella! So fun running into you the other day. Keep up the good work- can't wait to see what's in the works :o)

  2. Oh that Bella, sooo cute! Can't wait to try this for my Leni. Will be adding it to my challenge! Such a fun way to dress up a simple shirt!

  3. Simply adorable! ;) I may have to apply it to hooty hoot for a boy! :)

  4. So cute. I think I'll try this out for my daughter.

  5. What a precious baby girl, and the hedgie's pretty cute too. ;)
    I had a hedgehog, and yes they do stink some, but they're very easy to clean up after. They're such sweet animals.

  6. I love it, would be great for my 5 year old girl. Can we download it now? I cant wait :)

  7. This is so so pretty! amazing work... I must try it too! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Bella is beautiful. Love the hair-do.
    I will make a onsie as my next baby gift.
    I think it would also look great on the back of a toddler hoodie

  9. Wow - how adorable is it? Well both are too cute for words.
    I would use the hedgie on some pj bags I am making for my nieces for the holiday.
    Thank you!

  10. This is gorgeous! I've been really getting into applique at the minute, I'd use it as part of the alphabet chart I'm appliqueing, and probably put her on a t-shirt, or maybe the bottom of a skirt...

  11. Oh my gosh, that I ridiculously cute! I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.

  12. I just saw this on Boden.com for an outrageous $24!!!! I am SO thrilled you made a pattern for it so I didn't have to attempt to! haha. You did an excellent job!

  13. Your Beautiful Belle is so adorable! Thanks for sharing Henrietta. I have a bunch of onsies that I plan to applique and embroider for my Grand daughter!

    By the way, hedgehogs do not smell. We kept one over winter break one year so he wouldn't be alone in the school's "zoo." So easy to take care of and really quite cuddly too!

  14. Your baby is darling ... Wendi
    cute applique too

  15. This is so cute! Thanks for the pattern and giveaway!

  16. EEkkk this is adorable and is now saved to my to-do tutorials! Love the colors you chose! I would love to do aone in fall colors...orange hot pink purple olive brown...oh I want to go sew one right now :)

  17. I found you through One Pretty Thing. This is such an adorable pattern! I stumbled the post so I'll have it on file for future use.

  18. i love it! thanks for sharing. i am going to use this to make something for my baby niece for christmas! with some matching leggings or tutu!
    also let your hubby know that they don't stink as long as you keep them clean by allowing them to bath in your bathtub every week or two! we have had two as pets at different times and they are great pets! very friendly and playful as long as you spend time with them. i would get another one in a heartbeat

  19. Your Abby Applique collection is magnificent and will be so useful to me! I love to sew for my girls and these beautiful designs and I can see myself using several designs in the near future. Henrietta would be super cute on a t-shirt or nightie.

  20. Love it! I'll have to dig out some scraps & get her made up for my little girl.

  21. very beathiful, süperrr.

  22. The hedgehog is cute and all, but Bella Bug--she is a little princess!!!

  23. This is sooo cute! Thank you!


  24. Ooh this is just too cute. Thank you so much

  25. I made a cute Henrietta to match a ruffled skirt, and I wanted to say thanks.
    Here is my link for the outfit, and mention of your blog. (although I really have no followers, I thought I should mention you) http://vkhodgman.blogspot.com/2010/11/ruffled-skirt-option.html

  26. Holy C. this is great! I was actually searching for the Boden hedgehog image, thinking I would do some stencil and some fabric... now I can actually get past the hard part (template) and just do it! Thank you so much!


  28. Great tutorial and ideas! thanks for sharing


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