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Mop Top Hedgehog


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY If you can sew a curve, you can make this. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS About 6" long and 4 1/2" tall (not including nubbies)

Supplies Needed

  • You will need one microfiber mop head or mitt and less than a 12" square of fabric.
  • You will also need stuffing and face embellishments of your choice.

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Jennifer Hateruma
Jennifer Hateruma
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. If you have any questions about a pattern before you make a purchase or you would like to request me to design something you can't find a pattern for, you can send me a message at