Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Phylum insecta now.

This initially began as a bumblebee, which Kate sketched out when we were brainstorming species ideas for this pattern.

We wanted a variation with multiple legs and antennae instead of ears, 

and somehow the ladybug ended up trumping the bee. 

So now you know: the bumblebee didn't make the cut. Not because he was bad, but because he was too similar to this ladybug. But swop out some of the features -like the polka dots for stripes and add a stinger on his behind and some wings - and you'd have the bee. Or seven-spotted helmeted kicking beetle. Or lightning bug. Or scarab. Or tarantula. 

Let me guess: you want to add a central spot right in that big blank space on his back. I do, too. I debated for the longest time whether to applique two semi-circles that meet at that center seam, before sewing up the whole critter. And then decided: what's a single spot when a person has the rest of the animal kingdom to make? 


  1. Cute! I think I'd have to glue that last dot on. :)

  2. You must have bought a room full of stuffing to make all these wonderful creatures!!

  3. Gluing the last circle - whole, not two halves - seems like a great idea. And also, using the same shape for all the beasties. When I found the lion in my google list, the shape confused me, but as I looked at the previous posts, illumination dawned. Such a brilliant idea!

  4. This is very cute! I was thinking that you could make these smaller and then kids could hand sew them from felt. Do you think that would work?

    1. I've never tried this pattern in this size in felt. But I could imagine them smaller in felt, yes.

  5. Ok now you have done it...I am now having to forgo PJ's and get dressed and go out and seek some polyfil stuffing and make a lady bug, complete with the middle spot...Are you having a good time making so many cute darn things that make us grandmas feel guilty that we know how to sew? LOL you are a great sewist and dreamer of all this animal/insect.......


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