Lovely Ladybug Pincushions
size: 3-1/2" diameter
- Red/black polka dot fabric, 6”x7”
- Black polyester fleece, 7”x8”
- Colorful print cotton fabric, 8”x8”
- Medium weight interfacing, 4”x5”
- DMC Black Pearl Cotton
- Fiberfill stuffing
- Metal canning lid
- Multi-colored craft pins (at least two black for antennae)
- Beader’s Paradise opaque black Czech glass E-beads, 2/0, two
- Large-eye darning needle
- Embroidery scissors
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Sewing machine and black thread
- 1. Print and cut out patterns. From fleece, cut two circles for base, two upper body pieces and one bottom piece. Cut large circle from printed fabric. Fold polka dot fabric in half and cut two sets of two with the wing pattern, then cut two singles from interfacing.
- 2. Glue fleece circle to top and one to the bottom of canning lid.
- 3. Use large-eyed needle and one strand of black thread to make yo-yo from printed fabric. Before pulling thread tight, place padded lid inside and center it. Pull thread to make opening as small as possible and fasten off.
- 4. Using a 3/8” seam allowance, machine sew two upper body halves together. Pin upper body to bottom body piece (opening seams flat and centering at the ends) and stitch all the way around using a 3/8” seam allowance and fasten off.
- 5. Place two wings right sides together with a piece of interfacing on top. (Note: Make sure wings are a mirror image so there are not two right or two left sides). Stitch all the way around with a 1/4” seam allowance and fasten off.
- 6. On the bottom body piece, start approx. 1/2” in from front end and pinch fabric so that you can poke a small hole in center with scissors. Cut across to within 1/2” of back end. Clip threads and any excess fabric. Turn right side out.
- 7. Take one wing piece (working on side without interfacing), pinch fabric and cut a small slit that is approximately 1/2” from the top end of the wing and 1/4” from each side. Clip corners and curves and turn right side out, using a pin to carefully pull corners out. Repeat for opposite wing.
- 8. Stuff body firmly. Use two strands of black thread to whipstitch opening closed. Fasten off, but do not cut the thread. Stitch around line indicated on pattern for the head and pull thread tight. Wrap thread around head, over stitching, two times and pull again to make sure thread is still tight. Push needle through to underside of bug and fasten off.
- 9. Make a knot and come up from bottom of bug through the head where eyes will be. Sew back and forth several times between the two sides and pull thread tight to make an indentation. Place black beads on their sides and sew through at the bottom of both several times to secure. Push needle through to bottom and fasten off.
- 10. With interfaced side of wings facing up, line up straight edge of one of them directly behind head and next to line dividing upper body. Blanket stitch making sure needle catches fleece for first inch and then stitch only through the wing itself until reaching opposite side. (Note: To turn corners easily, place the three corner stitches into the same inside hole). Approximately 1” from neck, start catching fleece again and continue doing so around the neck edge until reaching starting point. Repeat for remaining wing. Push needle through to bottom and fasten off.
- 11. Where wings meet, push two black craft pins through the head at a slight angle so they stick out approximately 1/8” on the bottom. Apply hot glue over pin points to hold them in place. Place hot glue on bottom of bug and center it on the base. To finish, place pins in back of body under wings.
by Mona Hintze