My current work in progress – a Heidi Bear Fatty Lumpkin

Making a Heidi Bear Fatty Lumpkin - This Little Space of Mine

I’ve been in awe of Heidi Bear crochet patterns for a long time and, having recently ‘got’ how crochet works, I’ve challenged myself to make not one, but two Heidi Bear Fatty Lumpkin ponies by Christmas. Our two nieces turn 5 at the end of December and I know they’d just love them.

I was quite worried about taking this project on, concerned I would struggle to make the African flowers required and that it’d simply be too much to take on, given work commitments and how busy we know the lead up to Christmas can be. So I made myself a Gantt chart. Geek, I know, but often if I’m in doubt or starting a new project, I look to a trusty spreadsheet to guide the way. If you’re interested in making one yourself, this is how my schedule looks:

  • Week 1: make 9 hexagons
  • Week 2: make 8 hexagons and 9 pentagons
  • Week 3: make 11 pentagons
  • Week 4: make 2 heptagons and 1 triangle
  • Week 5: make 3 squares and begin joining
  • Week 6: complete joining
  • Week 7: attach the eyes, add the stuffing, make the ears, tail and main.

I’m about to go into week 5 and I’ve already make the 3 squares and sewn in the loose ends, giving me 2 weeks to join. This is the bit I’m dreading; but I’ve got this far and I’m so pleased with my progress and determined to carry on and master the art of it. I actually can’t wait to see how they take shape and come together. Then the second purple one begins!

I’ll keep you posted; if you’re interested in making a Heidi Bear Fatty Lumpkin before Christmas there is still time! My aim is to finish both the week before Christmas – fingers crossed.

What are you making at the moment? Have you got any Christmas craft projects in mind?

Leanne x

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8 Comments on My current work in progress – a Heidi Bear Fatty Lumpkin

  1. Anna
    12/10/2015 at 10:32 am (2 years ago)

    Love patterns like this, it feels like quilting with yarn! I need to get started on my Christmas gifts too. These last few weeks go by quickly when you’re trying to DIY.

    • Leanne Beale
      12/10/2015 at 3:00 pm (2 years ago)

      Ah I hadn’t thought of it like that, but I guess it does. πŸ™‚ Yeh I thought I’d get a head start, before we know it it’ll be Christmas and there will be no time! Good luck with your Christmas crafting! xx

  2. Jenny
    28/10/2015 at 12:59 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve always wanted to make something like this – I have my eye on the dinosaur one as an after Christmas project πŸ™‚ jenny xx

    • Leanne Beale
      28/10/2015 at 1:19 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh the dinosaur looks like so much fun. πŸ™‚ I quite like the elephant too xx

  3. Jen
    27/11/2015 at 7:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Leanne!

    Just a quick question about your fatty lumpkin! What wool did you use?

    Hope you’re okay!

    Jen x

    • Leanne Beale
      29/11/2015 at 7:03 pm (2 years ago)

      Jen! So nice to hear from you, hope you’re well. πŸ™‚ I’m going to do a full write up once the second pony is finished but I used Stylecraft Special DK in Cream, Fondant, Candy Floss and Bright Pink. xx

      • Jen
        04/12/2015 at 7:37 am (2 years ago)

        Thanks! I wanted I use my SCSDK as I’ve got loads of it knocking around! I’m planning to do the hippo pattern over the holidays for a friend. I’ll look forward to your post on the lumpkin particularly for the joining!
        All good thanks – busy busy lead up to Christmas but not long to go! Must catch up soon x

        • Leanne Beale
          04/12/2015 at 1:01 pm (2 years ago)

          Hey Jen, it’s great for stash busting – a friend of mine often makes them just to stash bust. Love to catch up in the new year, this time of year is so busy isn’t it? xx