How to make a needle felted hedgehog.

Here are some ideas and instructions on how to make a needle felted hedgehog. I love hedgehogs they have such adorable faces and make me remember books and stories which I read as a child. Hedgehogs are always something I enjoy making and teaching others how to make. I really like cute little hoglets which can be held in the palm of your hand and more whimsical hedgehog figures which have outfits and props. I have created a few different designs for my hedgehogs over the years. I will share two different constructions styles and also photos of some the different ones I have made. Enjoy!

How to make a needle felted hedgehog version 1

  1. Start with some core wool and wind with wool yarn into a tight ball the size you would like for the body.
  2. Using some natural white or cream fleece cover the ball in a thin layer and needle felt to create an egg like shape.
  3. Using brown or grey fleece create the top coat leaving an area of white for the face and tummy.
  4. Add ears and feet in a lighter brown.
  5. Create a nose using lighter brown and dark brown and needle felt to secure in place.
  6. Add beads for eyes.

How to make a needle felted hedgehog version 2

  1. Fold a pipe cleaner in half and cover the middle section with dark brown fleece and needle felt in place.
  2. Bend the pipe cleaner to create a body shape and secure.
  3. Wrap the body with white or cream fleece and needle felted to secure.
  4. Create a fleece pad by rolling the some more fleece and secure this onto the body shape and then needle felt in place.
  5. Add some more layers of white fleece to the body to create the desired shape. do not add fleece to the underneath as you will create a ball!
  6. Nose, cover the nose with some pale brown fleece.
  7. Create a roll of dark fleece and attach this around the neck and secure well.
  8. Now you can cover the body with the dark fleece and create the shape of your cute hedgehog. Remember not to add any to the underneath this should remain white.
  9. Add ears, feet and beaded eyes.

Hedgehog inspiration

These are other hedgehogs I have made. You can always add scarves, hats and other props to make your animal sculptures individual. check out my ETSY shop or contact me if you would like details of workshops or to purchase any of my individual animal sculptures.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Tessa Wyatt says:

    Thanks for this Jude. The hedgehog is so sweet.
    I hope you are well and have a fab Christmas.
    Love Tessa xx


    1. judeab1966 says:

      Hi Tessa,
      Lovely yo hear from you, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a great 2021. Happy needle felting, I would love to see any of your creations especially if you make a hedgehog!
      Take care
      Jude xx


  2. That is a great tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very accurate info… Thank you for sharing this one. A must read post!


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