Transform your favourite fabrics into a Caterpillar Plushie. Who would have thought insects could be so cute and cuddly? Well, thanks to Corinne Bradd, your youngster will have a funky new friend to play with – one with fluffy antennas, rosy cheeks, and 12 tiny legs! You can also stitch a set of butterfly wings for your little one to add to their laces.
- Fabric, assorted cotton prints
- Fibre filling
- Lightweight quilt wadding
- Fusible adhesive sheet
- Embroidery thread
- Coloured eyelets
- Knitting needle
Sew the wings
Download and print the templates from sewmag.co.uk. For each foot, cut two large wing shapes from fabric with right sides together, adding a 5mm seam allowance to the outline of the template. Snip two smaller mirrored wings from cotton backed with appliqué adhesive, without the additional seam allowance.
Mount one pair of large wings onto quilt wadding, cut to the same size and zig zag stitch together. Position the smaller wings in the centre of the larger ones and fuse in place with an iron. Using a tight zig zag stitch and a coordinating thread colour, secure by sewing around the edges. Layer the remaining large wing pieces over the appliquéd ones, right sides together, and sew around the edges leaving a small gap in the centre of the straight section on each one.
Clip the curves and corners, then turn them out with a large knitting needle. Foldin the raw edges of the gap and press each wing before oversewing the gap with tiny stitches. Starting from the centre, mark three spots down the straight part of each wing, 8mm from the edge and 12mm apart. Use a hole punch to make small holes in the wings and fit coloured eyelets into each one so they can be threaded onto boot laces.
Make a caterpillar
Download and print the templates from sewmag. co.uk. Cut out two main body pieces, then stitch right sides together, leaving a small turning gap on one outside leg. Clip the curves and corners, turn right sides out and push out the feet. Stuff the shape with fibre filling, adding small pieces bit by bit to avoid clumping, and pushing into the legs and feet with a blunt knitting needle. Turn in the edges of the gap and oversew closed with tiny stitches.
Snip several pairs of small body pieces, depending on the desired length of the caterpillar. Sew them right sides together, leaving a small gap on one outer leg. Clip the curves and corners, turn out and stuff as before. Close the gaps with a small oversew stitch. Thread a long needle with a double thickness of extra strong thread and knot the end. Place one small body piece behind the main body so it is offset by 4cm.
Stitch the two stuffed pieces together in the centre of where they overlap by sewing from one piece to the other several times, before fastening the thread securely. Add the remaining body pieces in the same way, offsetting each one in the same direction to allow the caterpillar to bend and stand up easily.
Sketch a face onto the head, then use two strands of coloured embroidery and whipped back-stitch to add the details. Fill in the eyes with satin stitch and use soft pencils to colour the cheeks. Take a length of unsplit embroidery thread and sew several loops through the top of the head and around your finger on each side. Tightly bind the base of these loops with the remaining thread and pass the end through the bind to secure. Cut all the loops to make tassels and comb out the threads with a needle.