Little Ladybug Softie tutorial

I made this wee little Ladybug softie for Sadie Charlotte whoever got it first yesterday! Of course, I whipped out my Go! Baby cutter (affiliate link) 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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  1. That is adorable! My Precocious Daughter is about to start middle school, but she’s still a sucker for a cute stuffed animal. And this one happens to be her new school colors! I may have a weekend project on my hands – thanks!

  2. Eek! That’s adorable!

  3. Cute! My baby girl is having a lady bug birthday party next week. Maybe this should be added to my to-make list… 🙂

  4. That is just sweet – and the tutorial is splendidly easy to follow. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. So cute! I’m putting it on my LONG list of things I want to make. I just wanted to tell you I’m a new follower and I think you’re adorable {found you via Pinterest}. You helped entertain me when my ten month old decided that 3 am was morning. So, thanks!

  6. Love this project!!!!

  7. Very sweet!

  8. So cute!!

  9. Soooo cute, and within my capabilities to make. This may well go to my niece for Christmas!

  10. You could also put something crinkly inside to make it noisey. Crinkle toys were my daughter’s favorite, so I always saved the white plastic bags for diaper wipes refills and would sew them inside things. So fun! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. Hi I like your ladybug taggie very much…I also made some this week. Check them out if you like:

  12. These little ladybugs are the cutest thing ever!!! I don’t have a nice cutting machine 🙁 but I’ll wing it, and make a few for my grandbabies. thank you for sharing!

  13. Adorable! I’d love to feature this on the Examiner! Please let me know 🙂

  14. This is super cute, Jess! Great use of the GO Baby. Love it 🙂

  15. I am in love with your little lady bug plushie! I love that it’s made of felt, one of my favorite materials! I featured this tutorial in my blog: cute tutorial, thank you for sharinG!


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  2. […] Jess from  Bits for Baby and Craftiness Is Not Optional shares a tutorial for making a little ladybug softie.  The soft toy is made from craft felt, with grosgrain ribbon tags for legs.  Cuuuute!!  She cut the circles using her Go! Baby die cutter, but you can also cut them out by hand.  Get the tute. […]

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