What took me so long to try it? I HATE hand stitching (like joining seams and the like, not cross stitching obviously :D) and I'm really not very good at it because I have very little practise. Well the cure to that really is, try it some more and practise I suppose.
Anyway I decided to do my Margaret Sherry Hedgehog into a nice mini pillow. I routed around in my fabric squares for something just right and decided on a backing fabric. I had a look through my collection of ribbons and pulled out my machine.
Once I had everything just right I put it all together, then stuffed it and did the bit I was dreading. As I didn't even know what would be the best type of hand stitch, I did some research in my Complete Guide to Sewing and decided on an Overhand stitch. I have to admit it doesn't look fantastic but I got better towards the end of the piece which suggests that with a little time I could get better and maybe not hate it so much.
So here is the complete, first time mini pillow finish:
I'm very happy with how this came out and I look forward to doing more finishes of this type.