Envelope pillow cover tutorial – the very friendly caterpillar
Today, it’s time for a decorative, very friendly, and funny caterpillar. You can use the caterpillar as a pillow or as a toy. It’s a great idea for a handmade toy for children, because you can take the pillow cover off and wash it as many times as you want and kids can always play with a clean toy. I have already tested a few caterpillar pillowcases and I prefer to wash them in the washing machine using a hand washing program or a program for delicate fabrics.
Final size – about 40 x 80 cm (16 x 32 inches). This pillowcase fits a pillow 40 x 80 cm or 2 pillows 40 x 40 cm.
- green fabric – fleece
- white fabric – microfiber used for blankets
- red fabric – cotton, fleece or other optional one
If you have a domestic sewing machine take the thin fleece, because you will need to sew through the few layers of the fabric. It won’t be very easy to sew, but fleece and microfiber forgive mistakes and small imperfections, so the irregularities won’t be visible.
CUT OUT THE FABRIC OF FOLLOWING MEASURES
TOP PART OF THE CATERPILLAR
- B (head) – a piece of white fabric 43 x 15 cm (17 x 6 inches), cut 1 piece
- C – a piece of green fabric 43 x 10 cm (17 x 4 inches), cut 4 pieces
- D – a piece of white fabric 43 x 10 cm (17 x 4 inches), cut 3 pieces
- E (bottom) – a piece of white fabric 43 x 13 cm (17 x 5 inches), cut 1 piece
BOTTOM PART OF THE CATERPILLAR
- A – a piece of green fabric 43 x 50 cm (17 x 20 inches), cut 2 pieces
- F – a piece of green fabric 10 x 17 cm (4 x 7 inches), cut 12 pieces
- a piece of green fabric 5 x 20 cm (2 x 8 inches), cut 2 pieces
- a piece of white fabric 10 x 20 cm (4 x 8 inches), cut 2 pieces
- 2 small pieces of red fabric
- 2 buttons for eyes about 2,5 cm (1 inch) diameter
- pillow stuffing (not necessary)
MAKE THE LEGS, ANTENNAE AND TONGUE
Firstly, prepare the legs. Put 2 pieces F right sides together and sew around (leaving the opening to turn the fabric right sides up). We do the same thing with all 6 legs. We turn the legs right sides up and fill these legs with a pillow stuffing (only to 1/3 of the length of the legs). If you put too much pillow stuffing to the legs they will be harder to wash and dry. Filling the legs with pillow stuffing isn’t necessary.
Now, prepare the antennae. First, put 1 piece of the green fabric and 1 piece of the white fabric right sides together and sew of both sides lengthwise. You should have a tube with two open ends. Then, prepare the second antenna the same way. We turn the fabric right side up.
Then, make the tongue. We put 2 pieces right sides together and sew around (leaving the opening to turn the fabric right side up). We turn the tongue right sides up.
MAKE THE TOP PART OF THE CATERPILLAR
Now, you can start making the top part of the caterpillar. We sew these pieces to each other in the following order: B, C, D, C, D, C, D, C, E.
Start from the pieces B and C. We place the piece C right side up. We fold the antennae in halves and place them on the right side of the piece C. Now, we place the piece B inside out (so the pieces B and C are with right sides together with antennae between). Then, you need to pin all pieces together. Now, sew along the edge. Seam allowance 1 cm (3/8 inch).
Continue sewing the pieces in the following order. Seam allowance 1 cm (3/8 inch).
PLACE THE LEGS AND TONGUE BETWEEN THE TOP AND BOTTOM PARTS OF PILLOW COVER
The top part of the caterpillar is ready so we put legs on the right side of the fabric (on parts D), pin them and sew them near to the edge (to keep them in place). We place the tongue (on the right side of the fabric) at the edge of the piece B (opposite the antennae) and we sew near to the edge to keep the tongue in place.
You can (but it isn’t necessary) to round the corners.
SEW THE TOP AND THE BOTTOM PARTS TO EACH OTHER
First, hem one of the shorter edges of both pieces A. To create a hem, place the fabric inside out, fold over the edge 1 cm (1/2 inch) and stitch it.
Place the top part right side up. Now, place the first piece A (with right sides together). Then place the second piece A (with right sides together) as shown in the picture below – pieces A overlap. Pin all the layers in place. Now, stitch along the edges – look at the picture below. Seam allowance 1 cm (3/8 inch). If you don’t have any experience in sewing through a few layers use 1,5 cm (3/4 inch) seam allowance.
Turn the pillow cover right side out and sew two buttons for the eyes.
Insert your pillow inside the cover.
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