Introduction: Reversable Hedgehog Snuggle Bag

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I recently became the proud mother of a baby hedgehog. Wanting to spoil him something awful, I decided that he needed the nicest, coziest snuggle bag in existence. I knew that if I just made a regular ol' bag, the visible seams and thread could get tangled on his feet and injure him, so I decided to make a fleece reversible bag with completely hidden seams, so he can have all the fun with none of the hurt! Here is how it is done:

What you'll need:
Fleece-about 4 12"x12" squares, at most. (depending on the size you want, of course)
Sewing machine (just to make your life easier)

Step 1: Cut Material

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First cut your material.

You will need to cut 4 pieces of fleece; two of each color/pattern.

For this instructable I cut mine into 10x12" rectangles, but any size should work.

Step 2: Sew the Edges

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Next, face the similar colors together, and sew around the edges, leaving one open edge.

Step 3: Put Them Together

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Put one bag inside the other bag, right sides facing each other.
(In other words, the bag on the outside will be inside out, and the bag on the inside will be rightside out)

Step 4: Sew Em' Up

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Sew all the way around the edges, leaving about a 2 or 3 inch gap for turning the fabric.

Step 5: Finishing Up

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Turn the fabric rightside out through the hole.
Push one bag inside the other.
Sew all the way around the edge of the bag to close up the hole that was left for turning.  You may not be able to go over the corners because of bulkiness. This is ok, just make sure to back-stitch those spots. This is also the only place on the bag that thread will be exposed :)

This bag is reversible, so you can use whichever side you want. It is also washable, so any accidents your hedgie may have won't be a problem.

Then just let your little guy enjoy!


AlyaN4 made it! (author)2017-02-24

It's adorable! Only using one side though, will probably make more. Thanks for this!

CharlesL95 made it! (author)2016-12-16

I am more a "dog person" but rescued a hedgehog and fell in love with her! I have made her a couple of these snuggle bags, she really enjoys them both in her home and when "out and about" as a trusted hide spot.

-moonglade (author)2016-08-26

Cute idea! Literally! So cute! I love hedgehogs!

CaseyCase (author)2011-08-05

I must be under a rock... you can have a hedgehog as a pet? Really?

TristaGee (author)CaseyCase2011-08-05

Yep! They are illegal in some places, like California I know for sure, but most other states it's completely ok. I'm unsure about overseas though.
I live in good ol' Missouri and I'm pretty certain that their aren't any pet restrictions here, haha. But they are considered exotics and can be pretty hard to come by, and expensive sometimes. I found Persimmon by google searching for reputable hedgehog breeders in Missouri. :)

JesseB29 (author)TristaGee2015-11-27

they are currently illegal in 5 states.California, Arizona, Hawaii, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.

-moonglade (author)JesseB292016-08-26


ilpug (author)TristaGee2011-08-06

dammit. why is everything cool illegal in california?

Max2095 (author)ilpug2011-12-20

because they love to regulate everything here ( I feel your pain)

RocketPenguin (author)TristaGee2011-08-06

i live in Missouri to!

LiviaS8 (author)2016-07-06

Anyone care to tell me what's the diff between inside and right side out mean?

-moonglade (author)LiviaS82016-08-26

Right side out means it's the right side. (The outer side...the side you want to see) And inside out means it's showing the inside and not the right side. :) (author)2015-09-19

I'm going to make one for my guinea. I'm thinking that I'll put a towel between the layers for absorbancy. Suggestions for measurements? Appa is about 14 inches long.

I think mine are about 16 inches long, 12 inches wide. Better to go bigger than smaller. You can make it a bit longer, and fold the end over so it stays open.

HedgieMamaJuniper (author)2013-12-15

Any more costume ideas for hedgie's?

Maybe a maze for them to walk around, or else a "bucket"wheel for the exercise. I know the hegy's love to walk

lol it not costume

dackermans84 (author)2015-03-20

Very nice instructable! I hope your hedgehog is comfortable in his snuggle bag.

he he looks like a mario pipe

barbara.collins.123276 (author)2014-11-02

Where did you find the fabric with the hedgehog on it?

barbara.collins.123276 (author)2014-11-02

Where did you find the fabric with the hedgehog on it???? Love it!

meggers422 made it! (author)2014-10-19

Thanks for your great tutorial! I made mine in ten minutes with your great instructions, my new hedgie loves hers.

AwkwardKitten made it! (author)2014-03-08

Thank you for this! This was my first sewing project and you made it so easy for me. My little Mochi loves it!

KemikalzAreFun (author)2014-03-07

He looks like a happy hedgie x)

kawaiilover (author)2014-01-24


rnola (author)2014-01-03

Cute little fella

raylenewall (author)2013-11-09

I'm a brand new hedgiemama, too, with a young hoglet named Mignonne. This is exactly what I was looking for. She loves wrapping herself up in a blanket, and I had no idea these little sacks even existed. I have fleece, I sew, I have a hedgehog. THIS is perfect. Thanks!

kgirl5523 (author)2013-08-03

I have a hedgehog his name is thorrin!;)

Skye2171 (author)2013-06-08

U can add stuffing ^.^

Bean and Cheese Stout (author)2013-06-02

Handsome hedgie 8D i will keep this in mind when i get a one..

mkesinger (author)2013-05-23

Where did you get your hedgehog?

tinker234 (author)2012-02-25

thank you my hedgehogs needs snuggle bags thanks

acosully (author)2011-08-25

its so awesome to find something for people with pet hedgehogs on here! thanks for helping support my hedgie obsession, i will totally be making this!

TristaGee (author)acosully2011-08-30

You're very welcome!! I noticed that there weren't many hedgie related things on here either, so I hope to add more in the future :)

acosully (author)TristaGee2011-12-01

FINALLY got around to making this this morning! it green and purple with some blue piping around the opening. i think ill make two more for my friends hedgies, theyre the parents of my new little baby, tiggy. i used the scraps from making this to make the simple hedgehog dig box thats also on this site. thanks again!

Uptonb (author)2011-09-12

Good luck on the Pets Challenge.

TristaGee (author)Uptonb2011-09-12

Thank you :) My fingers are crossed!

obax17 (author)2011-09-05

I work at a wildlife hospital, and this would be perfect for our baby opossums. They have delicate fingernails, so the lack of threads to get caught on is great, and they naturally love pouches to sleep in. We have a few already, but they're pretty flimsy, and this looks nice and sturdy. I'll look for the instructions with the plastic rim, as they also tend to flatten any fleecies they're given to burrow into...

TristaGee (author)obax172011-09-05

I'm so glad that my Instructable can be helpful to your hospital. I'm so giddy right now :D And I know what you mean about the animals flattening them down.. my hedgehog does the same thing. Pfft.
I will definitely get the plastic-rimmed version of the bag up soon. You've given me awesome incentive to do it :D

mary candy (author)2011-08-31

So cute your baby !!!

Beanie10 (author)2011-08-08

very cute

triciab1212 (author)2011-08-08

oy hedgehogs are so cute!

sunshiine (author)2011-08-07

How cute!

carsoncool (author)2011-08-06

I love hedgehogs! You are so lucky!

o0doll_face0o (author)2011-08-05

Aaaaw -I wonder if my guinea pigs would like them? Do they stay open much ? (oooh a peice of plastic in the opening maybe like a hat brim...) ty for the idea he's a lil cutie!
Oh did I mention when I was in 3rd grade I really wanted a hedgie-pog* and my mom drove me out to the country "Just to look" at a litter oh babies; I talked so much about them on the way I almost got her her first speeding ticket?
She got let off with a warning because I cried and said "mommy don't go to jail!"

TristaGee (author)o0doll_face0o2011-08-06

Ha, funny you should mention one with a plastic opening like that. I was messing around with that today and was going to post another instructable when I perfected it!

I've never had a guinea pig, so I don't know what they like. But if they enjoy cozy warm spots then they should love it :)

bkennelly (author)2011-08-05

Two things:

1) I think my kitten would probably love it, too (may have to make it a little bigger)

2) Your hedgehog is ADORABLE. Just want to kiss his little face.

TristaGee (author)bkennelly2011-08-05

Awww, it would probably be great for a kitten :)

And I feel the same way sometimes (about kissing his little face, I mean). But that almost always means spiked lips. Haha, he's such a little brat.

suayres (author)2011-08-05

Don't know much about those charming critters (hedgehogs)--I'd guess what you're telling usmis that they like warm, dark, cozy little adits in which to secret themselves. I love the pictures, as well as the clarity of your instructable. Your guy is so cute! Thanks.

TristaGee (author)suayres2011-08-05

Exactly right. They love to snuggle in tiny dark places. They also have really delicate feet which can get caught in threads easily and hurt them. I've heard horror stories of threads getting caught around hedgie legs and toes and needing to get them amputated. D:
With this bag though, you don't have to worry about any of that because the only exposed threads are at the mouth of the bag, and they probably wouldn't be spending much time there anyway. Ha.

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