Our pet hedgehog sleeping / snuggle sacks that we have for sale here at Hedgehog City are one of our most popular products…and with good reason! Not only do the snuggle sacks make it an easy way for new owners to bond with their hedgehog, but each hedgehog snuggie sack is created and hand-made by one of Riddle’s Hedgehogs own team members, Mildred Riddle (mother-in-law to Riddle’s Hedgehogs Owner, Christie Riddle).
Millie takes time into selecting various patterns to create and sew a variety of hedgehog snuggle sacks. Each sack is reversible and made of high quality durable fleece that is easily cleaned.
We decided to pay Millie a visit and ask her a few quick questions about her love of sewing and how she creates each hedgehog snuggie sack.
Behind-the-Scenes Video of Hedgehog Snuggle Sack Production
Interview with Mildred Riddle
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Baltimore City, Maryland, and have worked for a dentist in Glen Burnie, Maryland for 15 years. I’ve been married for almost 39 years and have 3 sons and 3 grand-daughters.
How did you become interested in sewing?
When I was a teenager I wanted to try to make my own clothes. I never took sewing classes. That didn’t work out, but I did better at quilting. After my quilting phase I took up knitting and crochet. When we moved to Winchester, Virginia, I had created my own sewing room so I could start again. Since then I’ve made some tops, girls dresses and of course, hedgehog snuggle sacks.
How did you learn to sew?
At first I read books and tried a dress pattern. When I got the sewing bug again I read more, took an on-line class for making tee shirts and watched some YouTube lessons. I took my time and finally “got it”. Good sewing requires patience!
What led you to start sewing hedgehog snuggle sacks?
My dear daughter-in-law (Christie) who breeds and sells hedgehogs proposed I sew the snuggle sacks to offer to her customers to make some spending money. They are a very useful accessory for hedge-hog owners.
Where do you find all of the cute patterns for sewing the hedgehog snuggle sacks?
I like to look online and at fabric stores for colorful fabrics, and I especially like fabrics with hedgehog prints.
What is your favorite piece of sewing equipment that you use?
My Husqvarna Emerald sewing machine is my workhorse. I’d be lost without it.
Do you have new upcoming products you plan on sewing / creating for hedgehogs?
Right now I’m trying to perfect a pattern for hand warmer covers for emergency heating for hedgehogs.
Any final comments?
I need to clean my sewing room before you take any photos!
A huge thanks to Millie for spending some time with us and allowing a “sneak peak” at the behind-the-scenes process of creating hedgehog snuggle sacks. Keep an eye out in our online store for new hedgehog snuggie sack patterns!