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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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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.
Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
Danielle lives in Maryland with her three young sons and her husband, Brandon. In her spare time, she gardens, reads, horseback rides, and has a small homestead with goats and ducks. Visit her shop to buy patterns or her sewing eBooks. Subscribe to her newsletter to get blog updates, free patterns and other printables by clicking here.