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Friday, June 25, 2010

I Did It!

If you have noticed, on my side bar I have started collecting projects I want to try. I usually have at least 10 of my own projects going on in my head at any given time. Most of the time they are centered around the kids clothes and I don't get to branch out too far from that. But I saw these cute little caterpillars on Ruffles and Stuff and really wanted to try them. Most of the time when I see cute things on blogs that I want to try, I think I will remember where it is but never do and cannot find the blog again. That is why I started my side bar collection. I have a baby shower this weekend for two friends from high school and thought this would be a perfect time to try these cute little caterpillars.

The baby shower I am going to is for two little boys, so I thought the kelly green minky dots was just too cute! When I went to pick out the fabric I thought while I was at the store I might as well get some fabric to make pink caterpillars too since it is definitely not as easy to get to the store as it used to be. I made these the other night while I was by myself at the lake. After I finished the two for the baby gifts I figured while I was going I might as well keep going. Can anybody guess who the extra three will go to?

Sara Wells' caterpillar did not make it into the photo shoot because she took it to bed.

Baby tested and approved! She has not really latched on to many toys yet, but she really does love this caterpillar (and I am not just saying this because I made it). It is crinkly, so it makes noise and she loves the tags!

Is definitely a pretty easy project. One of those that if you are making one you might as well make a few because it takes a little bit of time to get everything together to make it, but not a big deal to add a few more to the assembly line.

You can get the tutorial here.

Tips: I tried a few different techniques. The tutorial calls for zig-zag stitch. I did that on the minky fabric and did a straight stitch on the fleece and I like the look of the straight stitch much better. Also I tried using batting like the tutorial suggested and I tried stuffing and I think in the end I liked the batting filled better. They ended up looking a little more homemade than I would have liked, but I am hoping it will just be endearing. I will say the more I look at them the cuter they get! I know the babies will like them, I just hope their mommies do too!


  1. You really are something else! I love the way you share your project knowledge with all of us....I spend half of my life looking at things I hope to get back to my machine and copy. Was sewing on the minky dot hard? It kept slipping when I trying to sew on jello!

  2. i did not notice that it was that hard, but it was stuffed to the max so it was not normal circumstances. other people have told me how much they dislike sewing on minky dot too