I am a mother of an infant son living in Tokyo with my Japanese husband who is a teacher in a public elementary school. I decided to make my son toys myself after being disappointed with the ...
I am a mother of an infant son living in Tokyo with my Japanese husband who is a teacher in a public elementary school. I decided to make my son toys myself after being disappointed with the selection of toys for purchase at the big stores and the big price that goes with them. I also wanted him to be able to enjoy things that Mama made just for him. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was about 5 years old but I only recently started making my own patterns. I would love if others could use my patterns to make special gifts for their loved ones too.
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I was shopping at the ?100 (dollar store) here in Tokyo and came across microfiber mop heads. I thought they would be a wonderful tactile addition to a softie for my 6 month old son. It instantly made me think of a hedgehog. And who doesn't love hedgies? I bought a coordinating necktie in the same shop and hurried home to start brainstorming a pattern. I'm not a professional softie designer and my primary client, my son, doesn't care if my prototypes aren't perfect, so I use colorful fabrics for my prototypes while professionals usually use cheap muslin for their first drafts. My first hedgie turned out fairly well even though I wasn't completely happy with the results from using necktie fabric. I went back to the shop to get a yellow microfiber mitt and a small piece of blue craft fabric to make hedgie number 2. You can see them both in the photo. They measure about 6" from nose to back and about 4 1/2" tall (not including nubbies). The hedgie's dome back is rather tall but it provides some interesting wobbling and rolling around while being played with.