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.
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 the paper backing and fuse to the case.
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.
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!