Yay! I’m so excited to post my first tutorial!
In a way I made this little guy up as I went along, but I tried to document it as well as I could and I think it turned out pretty well… =)
You will need:
- [ 5 ] 4″ x 4″ squares of coordinating fabric
- [ 5 ] 3″ x 3″ squares of any cotton fabric (you will not see this)
- [ 1 ] 15″ x 5″ piece of coordinating fabric for the bottom
- Cotton or Polyester fiber-fill
- 12 pieces of ribbon cut to 3 1/2″ each
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Begin by cutting [ 5 ] 4″ x 4″ squares of coordinating fabric
as well as [ 5 ] 3″ x 3″ squares of any plain cotton fabric (you will not see this)
Next you will reduce your 4″ squares down to 3″ by pinching, folding and pinning down each side as shown below:
Pin each decorative square to your 3″ x 3″ squares – wrong sides together and sew along 3 of the edges.
Be sure to leave one edge open so you can stuff them!
Stuff and sew the remaining edge. – Now you have a complete puff!
Here’s where it gets a little tricky.
You may have to pin back some of the “puff”, but you will need to string together your puffs by sewing the edges together in sequence. Sew right sides together.
Once you have your puffs connected, you will need to cut out the backing. I cut mine 5″ x 15″, and it worked well. Make sure there’s lots of room for folding seams!
You will also now need your ribbons – I used 10 pieces cut to 4″ and 2 for the antennae at 3 1/2″. I wouldn’t recommend going any smaller for this size caterpillar.
Starting one side at a time, follow steps 1-:
1- Pin back the puff so your pressure foot can have some room
2- You will need to iron down 1/2″ of each side of your bottom fabric, to create a seam. (see left side of below photo).
3- Double fabric edge again, but this time you will pin the ribbon-legs on while doing so… (see right side of below photo). The following photos will show how this is done.
First you will align the looped ribbon with your initial fold on the fabric.
Fold over once again, holding ribbon tightly in place. – iron.
Press ribbon back down onto the top of the fold.
Pin in place.
You will then need to sew the entire side down securely – I used a decorative stitch and then backed it up with a tight zig-zag so that the ribbons and puffs would all stay in place – You want them to be durable! =)
Start on the other side, doing it all over again. – remember to pin back your puffs!
When you’ve finished the sides, you will do the same to the back and front – adding the antennae in the same way. Trim your loose threads and you’re done!