I made this wee little Ladybug softie for
Sadie Charlotte whoever got it first yesterday! Of course, I whipped out my Go! Baby cutter to cut the sah-weet (and so easy!) circles for the project. I don't know about you, but no matter how hard I try to hand-cut out circles perfectly, it never is meant to be.
There's always a wobble or two. (or forty) But this little baby cuts circles like nobody's business.
I made this little buggy with some wool blend felt, but it would be so cute in a fabric, too. Or fleece. I would just sew the pieces right sides together, then turn out and slip stitch the opening closed, if you use fabric that will fray.
So anyways! I cut out some large (5"), and medium (3") circles, with this die. (on sale right now!)
I cut the smaller dots out with this flower die.
I also cut a small strip of black for the middle, with my rotary cutter.
I pinned the dots into place....
And sewed around the edges of the dots with a tight zig zag stitch. (also called a satin stitch)
Then I pinned the head into place, on each piece.
Then I sewed them together, making sure to sew in the same spot on each pair of circles.
Then, wrong sides together, I pinned the head together.
Then I sewed around the head with my black thread, close to the edge. Back stitch at the beginning and end!
Then I cut some 3" pieces of ribbon, folded them in half, and pinned them into the body to be his cute little legs!
Then sewed around the body with red thread, leaving a 2" gap in the buttocks area (lol) for stuffing. Back stitch at the beginning and end!
First, stuff the head, then sew across the neck.
Continue stuffing the body until it's as stuffy as you like, then sew the opening closed!
You could add some jingle bells to make it a baby toy, and of course you could embroider or sew on some buttons for eyes and a face. I kept mine simple and sweet.
She's already made herself at home in our azalea bush. Guess I might have to make her another buggy friend! Just not of the eight legged variety. ;)
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