How to make a Hedgehog Pincushion
How to make a Hedgehog Pincushion


Welcome to SewVeryEasy,
my name is Laura. And today we are going to work with a thread called King Tut and it is a decorative thread. And it’s also used for quilting. It’s a thread that you are going to notice when you do quilt. It is 100% cotton and it’s a very, very nice thread. What we’re going to do with it today, we are going to make a hedgehog pincushion. It is a very, very cute pincushion and it’s weighted so you could also use it as a weight, not always a pincushion. Now if you’re following along with Superior University course, it is course 103. And the first thing we need to do, as with any new thread that we’re going to try, we need to test our machine. And what we’re going to do is we are going to start with the number 0 and we are going to change the tension all the way down. Now when you do this, make sure that you are using the foot that you’re going to use, the bobbin thread, and the top thread. And in this case I’m going to be using a decorative stitch, so I am going to use that decorative stitch. So once you have your machine done, and you can tell by looking at the back what the proper tension is, give it a test. Make sure it’s all set to go and then you know that that’s going to be good. Also this is a great reference to hold on to if you ever use that thread again. Now to make this hedgehog pincushion you’re going to need a couple of things: Thread and some little felt that’s going to be for the ears, some decorative thread and some sand. So what we need to do is make this little pin cushion. And we are going to start with a long piece of fabric. And this fabric is 1¾” by 9″. So what we are going to do is we are going to fold it wrong sides together. You’re not going to turn this inside out; it’s really not needed. And you are going to stitch down each side a quarter of an inch, but what you need to do is make your machine stitches very small and tight because you are going to put the sand in this little pocket, and if you use big stitches, the sand is going to come out. Once you’ve stitched the edges, put the little fill inside the bag, but leave about 2½” open, because what you’re going to do is you’re going to fold once, and you’re going to fold again, and then you’re going to stitch along here and that way none of the sand falls out. Now we’re going to put the little sandbag away because we are going to work on the pin cushion. So now we need to make the pin cushion and the body of the hedgehog. The pattern is one piece but you need to cut two and you need to cut them in reverse. Now what I have done is I have drawn a lot larger than what you would need to cut out, because you need to do some decorative stitching along his body on both sides, and it’s easier if you have the fabric full like this for you to do the decorative stitching, and then afterwards you can press it and cut it out exactly the way it’s going to work. So now that I know what my tension is going to be on my machine, I am going to be able to just do my decorative stitches on his body. Now that I have the decorative stitching done, I am going to mark the line and stitch the line of his little head. I’m also going to mark the eye and the ear placement. It’s best to do it now because it will be a lot easier than when it’s done. Now in order to mark these lines, just put a little slit in this one and put a little hole in that way, so when you put them on, you’re able just to mark them right through the holes. So now that I have all the decorative stitching done, I know that I can place my pattern on and I can pin it and cut it out. And I’m going to do it both for the one side and the other side. The next thing we need to do is cut out one base piece. Now we start to sew the body together. What you’re going to do is put right sides together, you will sew a quarter-inch seam allowance. Starting at the nose, go up the body and around to the end and stop here. And you will leave this open because that’s where the base gets sewn in. And if you do use small stitches, it will be a lot easier to turn that corner and make it easier to control the machine. So we’ve stitched all the way around. Now this little part here: If you just put some little snips with your scissors —do not cut the thread, just go to the thread line—it will make a nice little area to turn. So now that the edge has been done, we need to sew on this base. And the point is going to go up one seam and the point is going to out another seam. And again, put the right sides together and do a quarter inch all the way around. And if you use small stitches and slow your machine down you’ll be able to go all the way around. And leave a little opening because you need to slide this bag in and you’re going to need to stuff him. So we have the base stitched on and we have a little opening. Now we can just turn him right-sides out. So we have him all turned out. Now at this point i would recommend sewing his eyes and his ears on and even giving him a little nose because it’ll be a lot easier to handle now than when you have it stuffed. And let me show you how to do a French knot. Take one strand of thread and tie a knot in one hand. And put your needle up into the mark of the eye. And pull your thread all the way. Do you see how it’s tight there? You are going to take the thread and you are going to wrap it around your needle one, two, three and then you’re going to put that needle point back very close to that same hole. You can pull the thread so it’s nice and tight, and then as you pull that in it’s going to make a knot. And there’s a French knot. So to do his little nose we’re going to put the two strands together and tie a knot. We’re going to stitch over top of this seam, so start with your needle in a little bit this way and you’re going to go back in that way. Come up just to where the needle was through, just up a little bit, and then go back. So you’re going to be stitching around like this until you fill in a little square. So there we’ve stitched one, two, three, and four little lines. So now we need to sew his ears on. So I have brown thread and I’m just going to come up through the mark that I’ve made for his ears. You have the thread that’s come out. Fold your ear in half and just stitch up a little bit through that fold. Just do one more little piece and stitch that down. Then you can open the ear and then you can stitch down those two little corners. Put your thread to the inside and tie a knot and then do the second side. So there we have his two ears, his eyes, and his little nose. Now to get him stuffed. Stuff a good portion of his body here until it’s nice and firm, because the sand is going to go in the bottom so you need to leave a little bit of room for the sand but you do need to fill the body with some batting. Now I’m going to put in this little beanbag in the bottom and that’s going to give him some weight. Now that we have the little sand bag in there, we can close up this little seam and we are done. And it has that extra weight in it to hold it down. So there we go. We’ve learned how to do a French knot, we’ve learned to do a little nose, and we have learned to do these cute little ears. And the bonus is, we were able to use different machine stitches that we don’t often get to use, using the King Tut thread. It is a beautiful thread because it’s heavier and you can see the stitching a lot better. I will put a link in the description to everything that I used today so that you can always check it out. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back and let’s see what we’re sewing next time
in the sewing room. Bye for now!

13 thoughts on “How to make a Hedgehog Pincushion”

  1. Mary Kay Harman says:

    Love the pincushion.  But I also love the Peanuts quilt behind you.  Is there a pattern for that quilt?  Thank you.

  2. Paula Williams says:

    Hi Laura, Love your tutorials, I have made many of them, sew very easy, but just one point could you show the finished item at the start. I start in eager anticipation, then realize I have to scroll to the end to see what i am aiming at! 😉

  3. Bonnie Brannon says:

    Precious! I'm going to make one for my granddaughter today 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. asdona mur says:

    would look nice made from felt with green felt leaves stitched on

  5. Izabella Galaxy says:

    Geeze Louise! You're gorgeous!! I'm going to have to watch this twice, I can tell lol

  6. Nancy Wong says:

    Wouldn't it be easier to sew the eyes and ears before sewing the two pieces together?

  7. jean constable says:

    will have to make one for my sewing room and one for a friend. thanks for making it look so easy..

  8. moonlite daze says:

    I hope to make this cute little Hedgehog soon, but I have no decorative stitches on my machine………is there an embroidery stitch you could recommend, or any alternative? Thanks Laura, your ideas are the best!!

  9. Laura Fifer says:

    Adorable. ❤️

  10. ann williams says:

    Your close work is rather blurred x

  11. GC Durnin says:

    Such professionalism! What a joy to watch and listen to you! Too bad there isn't a YT school for presenters where you could teach others how to present as well as dressing and grooming skills. People just have no respect for their audiences, do they? Thank you for doing the work to give us a great show. ☺

  12. Araceli Peña says:

    It is so cute. I loved it ☺

  13. Reaper 7 says:

    We have learned alot of things in this video, but there's still one thing we haven't learned yet.

    How to focus your camera on to the target.

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