Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Iron Craft #2 - Warm

The instructions said "make a draft dodger".   I made a few last year and stuffed them with batting and fabric scraps and had a really hard time stuffing them.   Iron Craft suggested pipe insulation as an option.  So much easier!!!

The materials...


Pipe insulation for innards, green fabric for body, brown felt for legs, black foam for antennae.

 I sandwiched two long strips of fabric with batting and quilted straight lines to simulate body sections. Then cut 24 legs and glue basted to the edge of the fabric and sewed another long strip of fabric on top. Switch sides and repeat.
   
 Two brown beads for the eyes were sewn on before the face end was sewn together. After all sides were sewn and the face end sewn it was easy enough to turn right side out. A little bit of batting went in for the face, followed by the pipe insulation which went in with little trouble.

Another nice thing about the insulation is that it has a hole in the center that's just right for stuffing the tail end into if you don't want to sew it closed. Or you can sew it closed and still stuff it for a neater look.

8 comments:

"Lois Grebowski" said...

ummmm... you have a big bug by your door... Bwahahahahahahaa... Love it! You're are so clever! Seriously!

Karen said...

Ditto above comment....the grand kids are going to love it!

Sarah said...

Love it! A caterpillar draft dodger is on my (neverending) "to do" list!

Anonymous said...

I've appreciated those draft dodgers at Tina's. They are attractive and do the trick. I keep telling myself that I need to make somme of those for our front door and the garage door. The towels are so messy on the floor. The bug aspect would tickle Penny. She likes anything a kid would enjoy. Anyhow back to you, those are very clever. Colors are perfect also. What do the dogs think? Again it was such a treat to visit you and Scott. And to visit Colleen as she drove us, then spend the day playing. Musn't forget the little cat naps in the car going home. Thanks sisters! I needed that bonding. A picture to remember it also!
Love,Pat

Cara said...

Very Cute! You should win!!

Anonymous said...

cute Lil' bugaboo!



L.C.L.

Anonymous said...

Wow- these are great. When I saw these I immediately thought of ours which have come in so handy! We love ours and use them every day, but I have to admit, this one is cuter. Although, I think Norah would love pulling the appendages off the little caterpillar and it would last a whole 5 seconds here. Nice work, Kath. Tina

Kim's Crafty Apple said...

adorable!