Hedgehog Coin Purse Pattern
Difficulty: Advance / Avid Intermediate
Finished size: approximately 5″ (W) x 4 1/2″ (H) x 2 1/2″ (D)
Download: Hedgehog Purse Template
1. Fabric, for main purse – brown or beige, fat quarter
2. Fabric, for prairie points spikes – colored, 1/2 fat quarter or Fat Eight
3. Fabric, for face – white, 3″ x 5″
4. Felt, for ears and limbs – light brown, 3″ x 3″
6. Black button, for eyes – 8mm, 2
7. Black button, for nose – 11.5mm, 1
8. Pink embroidery floss
9. Poly stuffing, small amount
10. Zipper, 5″ (If you need to shorten the metal zipper, refer this tutorial)
With Gamaguchi Metal Clasp Frame
10. U-Shaped Gamaguchi Frame, 8.5cm
11. Nylon thread
1. Sewing machine, with normal and zipper presser feet
2. Sewing needle, pins, matching threads
4. Rotary cutter (you can use scissors too)
5. Erasable fabric marker
6. Scissors, Tweezers
7. Warm iron
8. Tacky glue
9. Pinking shear
10. Printer, card for the template and papers
Seam Allowance: 1/4″ on fabrics only, 1/2″ for face pattern
1. This pattern requires some hand sewing, use waxed thread to prevent thread breaking during the sewing.
2. The gamaguchi version used lesser prairie points for the spikes as they do not go all the way up to the top.
Download and print out the pdf pattern in full size (don’t scale it). Choose the purse you like to sew out of the 4 versions *.
Prepare the materials and tools as listed above.
Cut out the required materials with the templates you have downloaded. Mark the sewing lines with erasable fabric marker.
Version 1 – Zipper with Roll Up Position
Version 2 – Zipper With Standing Position
Version 3 – Gamaguchi Metal Frame with Roll Up Position
Version 4 – Gamaguchi Metal Frame with Standing Position
Cut fabric for prairie points into 2″ strips.
Fold the strip into half the long way and crease, press with iron if needed. Mark vertical lines on the top and bottom part in 1″ interval but with 1/2″ off set to each other.
Fold right corners diagonally to create triangles. Always place small dot of tacky glue to secure them in place.
Fold the left corners diagonally to create a smaller triangles.
Fold the bottom triangles up, press with iron but no glue, to form a strip of continuous prairie points. Set aside.
Sew running stitch around the seam allowance of the snout fabric.
Place the snout template into the fabric and pull the thread. Knot.
Press with warm iron to crease the fold (make sure they are smooth and follow the marking).
Take out the template.
1. Cut 3 prairie points and place them on the top of the hedgehog face, slightly over into the seam allowance. Stitch a line to secure them in place. You may omit this if you want your hedgehog to be fringe-less forehead.
2. Glue the batting to the wrong side of the face fabric. Sew running stitch around the seam allowance of the face fabric. Pull the thread to gather the seam allowance to make them stay at the wrong side. Knot the thread.
3. Note the snout position, for roll up pose, the snout is in higher position then the standing pose. (Refer the photo below)
4. Slip stitch the snout part to the face. Stuff some poly-fill and continue to sew the snout to complete.
Fold the top of the prairie points to the wrong side the secure with some stitches.
Attach the buttons as eyes and nose. Embroidery the mouth with branch stitches.
Sew the limbs to the face for roll up position.
1. Ears cut out from felt.
2. Fold the ear and whip stitch the bottom.
3. Make a stitch from the end point to the start point, pull the thread to bring the points together. Knot the thread.
4. Adjust the ear to look this way.
Stitch the ears to the face to complete. Set aside while preparing the hedgehog purse body.
For zipper version, mark the zipper at the center, top and end points. Fold the zipper tape diagonally and sew a few stitch to secure them.
1. Place the zipper on the purse body, with right side facing each other. Align the top and end points to the markings respectively. Baste the zipper to the fabric.
2. Place another piece of body fabric to them with right side facing them, baste the zipper side, pin or baste the rest of the sewing lines.
3. Change to zipper foot and sew around, leaving an 2″ opening for turning right side out. Trim the seam allowance with pinking shear or make a few snips on the seam allowance at the curving area.
4. Put a few small drops of tacky glue to the batting and glue it to the assembly.
1. Turn the purse body right side out from the 2″ opening. Close the opening with slip stitch. Top stitch near the zipper. This is the first part of the body purse.
2. Repeat the fabric basting to the other side of the zipper.
3. Fold the first part to a smaller size and place it on this zipper side. Place another body fabric on them, baste the 2 fabrics and the zipper together but don’t catch anything from the first part that was sandwiched in between. Sew around and leaving a 2″ opening for turning right side out. Trim the seam allowance with pinking shear. Now you can see that entire the first part in hidden in the second part.
4. Glue the batting on.
Turn the whole thing right side out and bringing the first part out from there too.
Top stitch near the zipper.
This complete the zipper assembly to the purse body, before attaching the prairie points and the face to the hedgehog purse.
1 & 2. Sewing the purse body for gamaguchi version is easier then the zipper version. Place both pairs of body fabrics facing each other, sew around and leaving 2″ opening. Trim with pinking shear and glue the battings on. Turn right side out and stitch up the opening with slip stitch. Top stitch near the edge between the 2 marking at the top.
3 & 4. Sew the bottom gusset with the same manner but without any top stitching. Use an awl or sharp tweezers to carefully prick out the corners of both ends to achieve a nice sharp point. Stitch up the opening with slip stitch.
Quilt the back of the purse body and bottom gusset so that the batting will stay in place.
I used the star pattern embroidery from my sewing machine to create some fancy patterns but you can just sew some straight lines to make a simple design.
Same as the Gamaguchi version, with quilted back piece and bottom piece.
Position the face template to the body and trace the line. Refer to the downloaded template for the position of the face for 2 different poses; roll up and standing.
Next come to the most tricky part – sewing the prairie points to the body.
1. Arrange the prairie points to the purse body, form a round from the most outside ring. Cut the end of prairie point strip when it meets the starting point. If needed you can adjust the size of the ring by bringing them slightly inside. Pin.
2. Sew the prairie points to the purse with straight stitches near the edge of the prairie point strip. Use an awl or sharp point tweezers to press the prairie points for a smooth sew.
3. Place the second layer by overlapping the first one a little. Off set the points so that they are next to each other and give a better coverage. The layering don’t have to always go into ring, fill them up until it forms a shape similar to the face outline at the center.
4. The final round is a ring that goes around the outline of the face.
Position the face that you have sewn earlier to the purse body, pin and slip stitch around to attach it in place. The slip stitch is done on the sewing lines of the final round of the prairie points.
The full assembly of the front part of the hedgehog purse.
1. Turn the purse inside out. Align all the markings, slip stitch the edges together to join up the front, back and the bottom parts. Tip: use waxed thread to prevent thread breaking during the sewing.
2. Done all the side seams.
3. Gently turn the purse out, slip stitch the edge again from the outside. This will give a very strong seams to the purse that will last for washing.
4. Add embellishment to complete a hedgehog purse with roll-up pose in zipper closure version.
As for gamaguchi metal frame version, I used standing pose of the hedgehog. Note that for gamaguchi purse, the prairie points spikes do not have to be sewn all the way up to the top edge, so you required lesser prairie point strips.
1. Refer to the instruction above on how to sew the prairie points to the hedgehog purse.
2. This is a standing pose hedgehog purse, so place 2 limbs on the prairie point spikes as shown.
3. Sew to assemble the purse part together as shown in the above instruction.
4. Attach the 8.5cm gamaguchi metal frame to the purse.
5. Fit the top edge into the frame, align the centers, sew and tie with threads to secure the frame. Check if the frame is at the center of the purse.
6. Sew with back stitch to attach the frame to the purse. Used at least 2 strands of nylon thread if possible for stronger result. Try to make smaller stitches at the inside of the purse to reduce the stitching mark appearing inside the purse. Add blusher and ribbon bow to the hedgehog to further embellish it.