Many moons ago, I had a free pattern posted on a craft and sewing blog called Whip Up. Sadly, Whip Up is no longer live, which, after double checking some of the links on my blog, also means the pattern for the ladybird is also no longer live.
There's been a long absence for me from blogging, reasons for which I'll go into in my next post, but for now, I'm going to add the ladybird pattern here, it was a popular pattern and is also one I've used myself a few times when I've done teaching sessions, its small, simple, quick to do, doesn't require a huge amount of materials and can all the sewing can be done by hand.
pattern skill rating : easy
You will need...
2 pieces of fabric 3” x 4” (7.5 x 10cm) for the body
1 piece of craft felt 3” x 4” (7.5 x 10cm) for the wings
1 piece of craft felt 1” x 2” (2.5 x 5cm) for the eyes
2 small buttons
small pebble to weight the ladybird
plus the usual needle, pins, scissors etc
Begin by printing out the template image below
STEP 1 : making the body
1. Cut a body shape using the template, from each of the fabric pieces, place them both right sides together and pin.
2. Sew round the edge leaving the turning gap open.
3. Turn the body right side round, stuff with a little of the stuffing, then pop in the pebble to give the ladybird a little weight to it. Continue to stuff until it is almost full then fold in the raw edges of the turning gap and sew it closed.
STEP 2 : adding the eyes and wings
1. Cut 2 eye circles from the smallest piece of craft felt. Hold one in position on the body (the opposite end to where the turning gap was), and anchor in place by attaching it on with one of the small buttons.
2. Repeat for the other eye.
3. Cut 2 wings from the other piece of craft felt and attach one to the body using small random straight stitches along the short straight edge. Flip the other wing and attach in the same way so both wings line up as indicated on the template.
STEP 3 : embroidery embellishment
1. Add some french knots dotted around each of the wings. To do this, anchor your embroidery thread to the ladybird’s body with a knot underneath one of the wings. Bring the thread up through the wing, wrap it round the needle 3 times and then take the thread back down through the body, coming up where you want the next stitch to appear, pulling the previous french knot tight as you go.
2. Add some antennae by passing a short length of embroidery thread through the head from one side to the other, just above each eye. Remove the needle and tie a knot in each end of the thread trimming each end if needs be.
And there you go, to finish off, here's a batch of ladybirds made in a class I taught at my daughter's high school.