How to sew an easy Hungry Caterpillar costume for your baby.
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I was scrolling through Facebook a while back with my 6 year old, Godric, peering over my shoulder when I saw a really cute Hungry Caterpillar costume on an infant that was knit or crocheted. We’ve been discussing Halloween costumes recently and Godric immediately piped up, “HEY! Tristan should be the Hungry Caterpillar for Halloween and we can all be the food!”
It was brilliant!
My kids decided to be something else for Halloween, but I decided to stick with the Hungry Caterpillar theme for me and the baby. I didn’t know how to knit or crochet so I decided to sew the costume. It was pretty easy!
Also, our friend who works at our gym daycare mentioned that I hadn’t formerly introduced Baby Optimus Prime on the blog (although I’ve posted pictures and video to my Facebook and Instagram pages) so I figured this was a great time to show him off!
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- Green Baby Swaddler: I think the green one in the set is the one I own. I didn’t want to make or buy something
- Red fleece
- Yellow fleece or felt
- Purple fleece or felt
- Green fleece or felt
- Hot glue gun
- Tiny bit of fiberfill (probably optional)
My hat was two pieces so I cut two pieces of red fleece.
I cut out some ovals for the eyes with yellow and green felt and fleece (whatever I had on hand). I did a little piece of scrap green for the nose (which isn’t really clear in the book). I used a hot glue gun to place all of the pieces on one piece of the red hat.
If I did it again, I’d put the eyes closer together.
For the antennas, I used purple felt. Sewed the pieces right sides together, turned right sides out, stuffed with a bit of fiberfil. You could probably skip that if you wanted. The felt by itself was fairly stiff.
Once filled, I put one piece of my hand right sides up, put the antennas on top, then placed the second hat piece right sides down. Pin.
Sew the curve.
Flip it right sides out. I attempted to hem the edges, but I didn’t like the look so I seam ripped then just cut the fabric the right size. It worked well and I like the clean edge to it.