DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Happy Hedgehog

Hi everyone!

I have another embroidery project to share!

I made this little hedgehog for my best friend, Kylie, for Valentine’s Day!  I know that Valentine’s Day has passed, but I couldn’t post my tutorial until after I gave it to her!



  • Doodle Stitching The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get a copy here!)
  • Embroidery hoop (I chose a 4″ hoop)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Fabric (I used muslin)

IMG_8377DMC Floss Colors:

  • 321 – red
  • 840 – light brown
  • 838 – dark brown

As you can see, I had an issue with 838!

Somehow, my thread turned into a delightful, brown knot!  So much fun! 😉

Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

We’ll be using this little guy from the Woodland Animals section of Doodle Stitching! IMG_8345Start by hooping your fabric and tracing on the hedgehog motif.

I tried my best to center him!  If it ends up really crooked, you can always go back and fix the fabric! IMG_8349Using the light brown thread and the Back Stitch, we’re going to stitch around the body. IMG_8352Continue stitching up and around his back. IMG_8353_2Use the dark brown thread and the Satin Stitch to create his eyes and nose. IMG_8359_2The spines are very easy to stitch.

Using the Straight Stitch, start at one end of the pencil line and stitch to the other.

Each spine should be made up of only one stitch. IMG_8360_2Continue adding spines.

After adding all the spines that we’re traced on the fabric, I filled in a few holes. IMG_8363_2Time to add some little hearts! IMG_8365Each heart is made of two Lazy Daisy stitches. IMG_8368Once all the hearts are added, our cute, little hedgehog is complete! IMG_8384Happy (super belated) Valentine’s Day!! Bow signature pink

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