Friday, May 23

Very Hungry Caterpillar Shower Gift


A Very Hungry Caterpillar | Baby Shower Gift
What is more fun than a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed baby shower?Creating gifts to match the theme, of course! I confess: I love to theme out a party, and making gifts to fit the theme is somuch fun! Earlier, I wrote about a gift basket that I lined using five colorful bandannas. Here's what went into the basket:


Dyed gauze swaddling blankets | Baby Shower Gift
Colorful Swaddling Wraps

I sewed these swaddlers from white cotton gauze.  Each blanket is 45 inches square before finishing.  I dyed the blankets when I dyed the onesies.

Colorful Burp Cloths | Baby Shower Gift
Burp cloths

These are sewn with colorful cotton prints, white terry cloth, and layers of flannel inside for absorbency.

Dyed Onesies | Freezer Paper Stenciling | Baby Shower Gift
Onesies

After giving these onesies dye baths with their swaddling counterparts, then washing and drying, I stenciled them with cute Very Hungry Caterpillar theme designs. I cut the stencils of a leaf, a pear, an apple, and a caterpillar face from freezer paper, using my Silhouette. I ironed the freezer paper to the onesies and added small circles to the leaf and the fruit for the holes the caterpillar chews in them. I taped over the apple and pear stems with masking tape while I painted the fruit.  I used Tulip fabric paint for the stencilling, then heat set with an iron after all the paints had dried. What baby wouldn't look cute in these? (As if babies need help with their cuteness!)

Knit Baby Hat | Very Hungry Caterpillar | Baby Shower Gift
"Very Hungry Caterpillar" Hat


This is a simple knitted hat with a K2-P2 ribbing edge.  I crocheted the oval eyes and stitched them on.  The nose is a "popcorn" knit stitch, then sewn on. The antennae are i-cord, started by picking up stitches in the hat. I tucked the tied-off ends back in a little so the ends would look fatter.

Many thanks to Dana at MADE for her cute ideas and helpful tutorials on dying and freezer paper stenciling!

Sew happy and making joy!

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