Sunday, October 30, 2011

Lucy’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, pt. 2

Before I get to the staircase reveal, I thought I ought to finish up the Very Hungry Caterpillar project!  If you missed part 1 (the creation of the fabric picture), you can find it here.

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Part 2 was the creation of the Very Hungry Caterpillar stuffed toy…which turned out to be SO big he’s more like a body pillow!  I will admit that the way he turned out was not the way I originally envisioned him, but it must have been the way he was meant to be.

There is no pattern for this, so I can only share with you what I did!  If you have more questions, feel free to e-mail me and I will try to help as best as I can.

I purchased the wonderful soft “minky” fabric for my caterpillar.  Not knowing what I was doing beforehand, I purchased amounts that “looked right.”  I think I bought about 1/3 yd of red and 1/2 yard of the green polka-dot.

When I got home, I realized that I had fabric to make a far bigger head than the body would support!  I had to dust off my long-neglected math skills to figure out how to make the best use of my fabric to make the biggest caterpillar possible.

There were ratios involved.

I had to figure the circumference of a circle.

I think I even worked in two equations and two unknowns.

It was a hairy business, folks!

Suffice it to say…I cut off a third of the green material (lengthwise), cut that piece in half (also lengthwise), stitched the halves together, and added that new piece (widthwise) to the remaining green material so I could have a nice, fat caterpillar (that piece because the “belly panel”).  Clear as mud?  I hope so.


I scientifically traced a circle for the caterpillar’s head (thank you, Tupperware), and then I also cut a long strip of red fabric (I think I had to piece this) to be his “neck.”

I curved one end of the caterpillar’s back for his tail (top right picture), and also tapered the belly panel (bottom left) before I stitched the pieces together.  Then I ran a gathering stitch width-wise all down the caterpillar’s body to create his “sections” (bottom right).  If I were to do it over again, I would stitch in a narrow piece of elastic, as the gather stitches un-gathered more than I would have liked.


The caterpillar’s feet, face, and antennae were created out of felt.  I actually liked having the “belly panel” as it was an ideal place to insert the feet (bottom left).  I left his “tail” open so I could stuff him…he didn’t always appreciate it (bottom right)!!


Finally I stitched his tail closed…it was a moderately painful process (for me, not him…I kept pricking my fingers!)…and then I invited my beautiful girl to “test him out.”

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She didn’t seem to mind!


This project has been featured at I’m Topsy Turvy!


Linking up here.


Karie said...

Thank you for posting this tutorial Korrie! I love this idea, and I can't wait to make one for my son!
You're so creative!

K said...

He's fab, you know. And you look like a horse vet, stuffing him from the back. Great stuff.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

How cute and hugable!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That really turned out great, Korrie! My hats off to you for figuring that one out! : ) What a great size for the girls and he'll make a nice companion for watching TV or leaning against while reading a book.

debbie-- said...

Love it! and You sew too! You can do everything!

Gypsy Heart said...

Super job on him, Korrie! Your creativity continues to amaze me. I know that Miss Lucy is having a blast with him.


Karen said...

That is adorable, I know its great for snuggling.

Honey at 2805 said...

How adorable and hug-able! The caterpillar is too

And you are so smart!!

Angie - Big Bears Wife said...

awesome hungry Caterpillar

Kelli W said...

You did such an awesome job! My youngest has a VH Caterpillar that came from Kohl's and it is one of his favorites:)