Ok. Sorry for the lack of posting here, but I got in a fight with my sewing machine. I tried to make a 90 minute shirt for Hero and it went VERY BADLY. It was completely due to my poor pattern making... I'll try again later.
But oh well, I'm back with what I do well. Toys.
Look how cute!! It'a another bug!
With the fun prints and the big button tail, how could you not want one?
Here's what you'll need:
- 5 rectangles cut 6" x 8" (body/top)
- 5 rectangles cut 6" x 3" (belly/underside)
- 24 pieces of ribbon cut 2 1/2" long
- small pieces of felt in white and blue
- small black button and large color button
|There's a small blue ribbon I planned to use for antenna, that I ended up not using. Sorry to confuse!|
First arrange the pieces to your liking. I chose to mix and match.
Sew the top pieces all together in a strip with 1/2" seam, and repeat on the belly pieces. Press seams open.
Pin legs on the right side of the underside (6 per section/3 per side) on all sections but one end (this will be the head). Place the middle leg in the center of each piece. Pin the other two about 3/4" away from center leg. Baste on.
Sew the top to the underside into a long tube with a 1/2" seam.
Take one end and gather it together and sew it down. (I did the face end, but later wondered if I should have done the tail end instead...).
Turn the tube right side out. To stuff the body, you will stuff it one section at a time. Gather along the seam with a running stitch using 2 strands of embroidery floss (for strength).
Tie a knot on one side seam, gather over the top and end on the other side seam.
Continue one section at a time until the end.
Gather the tail end together. Here's where I thought I might have changed my mind. The machine sewn end looked nice enough to be finished... So if you don't want a large button on the tail end, just do the machine gather sew on the tail end instead of the head.
To finish up the caterpillar, sew a large button on the tail end and the face on the head end.
And you're done!
Give it to the cutest kid you see and watch him love it!