Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Crazy Caterpillar!

The day I flew five and a half hours on a plane with my daughter, her husband, and a very cute six month old, I made a soft toy to take with us to hopefully amuse the adorable child.  She was very good, slept a good part of the time, and was somewhat amused by the goofy caterpillar her grandma made her.  I snapped a few pictures before they got here to take me to the airport.
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I (obviously) sewed some scraps together with some ribbon to make him.  The only really clever thing I did was sacrifice my pin box.  I sewed it inside the caterpillar with some tiny rocks inside it to make it rattle.  It works, too!  Tada!  It rattles just enough to attract her attention without bothering the other people around us on the plane.

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The back is a soft flannel pink polkadot. All the feet and antennae are fun for the baby to try to get in her mouth.  Just the right size for holding and shaking around.
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We had a great trip and the baby was very good on the plane, as I said.  She didn’t like the carseat very much, though, so we sang the magic song, The Wheels on the Bus, many, many times.  For some reason, it makes her stop crying.  Magic.


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  1. LOL! What a cutie!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is so cute, and what a great help in traveling. Great idea! My boys used to love that song, too.

  3. Sew cute! Great idea. Wheels on the Bus was a favorite of my kids when they were little, too.

  4. It's amazing what seems to entertain babies...whenever my daughter was fussy if I sang "You are my sunshine" to her over and over it always calmed her. I LOVE the caterpillar! How clever to use your pin box to make a rattle. Happy early Mothers Day to you!

  5. I would have NEVER thought of making it rattle that way. Ingenious! It is so cute, too.

  6. Cute little project and a happy baby to show for it---perfect!

  7. Whoop whoop!! You are an excellent Nana!!! (From one Nana to another...)

  8. It so hard to be on a plane I am glad it was a good experience! Very cute caterpillar!!

  9. GREAT caterpillar! and how ingenious to use your pin box to make it rattle!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. Hi Laura.I am just visiting from the Quilt Festival and had fun looking around your blog. Love the caterpillar, and the play mat you made for your grand daughter is gorgeous!


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