Here's a little friendly 'pillar ready to keep an eye on your shades this summer!
This design can be done in any color combination using whatever felt and fabrics you've got around. My first version was red and I used felt balls to create the caterpillar. For this tutorial, I decided to make one up with a button caterpillar instead to show variation.
Felted wool sweater scrap, about 8" square
Print fabric scrap for lining, about 8" square
1/2" wide rickrack trim, about 12" long
Misc. scraps of wool craft felt
Double sided fusible webbing, like Steam-a-seam
Buttons and/or small felt balls
Fabric Marker (disappearing ink)
Sewing machine (optional)
1) Download the pdf of my pattern. (please, for personal use only)
2) Trace the outline of the case onto the paper side of a piece of double sided fusible webbing.
3) Cut the fusible webbing out close, but not on, the outline around the sides and bottom. On the top edge, cut right on the line.
4) Place webbing side down onto the wrong side of your lining fabric.
5) Fuse to fabric with an iron following the manufacturers directions for the fusible web.
6) With a ruler and a fabric marker, draw a line 3/8" above the top of the case to allow for a hem.
7) Cut out the lining along the outlines, including the one above the top edge made in step 6.
8) Remove the paper backing from the lining fabric and fold the 3/8" hem allowance down across the top. Finger press into place or pin.
9) Place the webbing side down onto the wrong side of the felted sweater scrap. Align the folded lining edge with a straight cut raw edge of the sweater felt.
10) Fuse together with an iron and cut out around the sides and bottom. (Make sure to cover with a damp press cloth and really steam it to be sure it is full fused.)
11) Trace and fuse leaf shape to a piece of wool craft felt. Be sure to use the reversed image as the webbing will be on the back of the applique.
12) Cut out leaf shape. Peel off paper backing and fuse to case.
13) Machine stitch around the edge of the leaf.
14) Mark the vein of the leaf with a fabric marker and machine or hand stitch the detail. Don't worry if it's not perfect...it's a leaf for gosh sakes.
15) Cut out a felt flower and tack in place with a button center. I used a square button as I thought it looked nice with the argyle pattern background.
16) To create the caterpillar, stitch on 4 green buttons with embroidery floss. Add antennae with a straight stitch and a french knot. (for the felt ball variation, cut 1cm felt balls in half and glue the cut sides down with fabric glue. Make french knots for eyes)
17) About 1/8" down from edge, straight stitch top of case, securing folded lining edge to the raw edge of the felt. The felt doesn't need to be finished and would be too bulky if it were turned under.
18) Place rickrack along one edge of the lining to the halfway point. Allow the points to poke out past the edge. Fold in the ends and pin. Baste or straight stitch.
19) Fold the case sandwiching the rickrack between the front and back. Pin and straight stitch following your stitch line from step 18.
There you have it. If you'd like to make your caterpillar with felt balls instead of buttons, you can buy them at ornamentea. If you have any questions about the tutorial, let me know. And as always, I love to see your versions!