Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

I was asked to customize a Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack by a valued customer.  She needed a bag that’s huge enough to hold her baby carrier.  Although this is my first attempt, I readily agreed as it looked pretty easy to sew.  Most importantly, I think this is going to be a fun project and will look really cute using my favourite fabrics from the Very Hungry Caterpillar collection by Andover Fabrics!

The finished drawstring backpack measures 17″ x 12″ and is very roomy for a baby carrier, diapers and other small baby essentials.  In fact, it’s so versatile it can also be used as a beach bag, a book bag for your trip to the library, gym bag and so on.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack features lots of cheery caterpillars, butterflies, cupcakes, colourful dots and will be an absolute delight to own for all die hard Hungry Caterpillar fans (just like me)!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

Made of 100% cotton fabrics, the Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack is so comfortable and lightweight to carry around.  The interior is lined with a dark green fabric and can easily fit some books, lunch box, water bottle and clothes.  I string an off-white cording for the drawstring, through loops attached to the bottom of the bag.  The length of the cording is adjustable according to the height of the user.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack is now available for customization in my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/234980421/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-drawstring.  Please check it out soon as quantities are limited!  Please note that this item is made to order and will take 2 – 3 weeks for production.

I can’t get enough of all the fun bags that I’m making out of the Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric collection.  Hmm….what shall I sew next?  😉

Hungry Caterpillar Bag

I’ve sold the Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag in Etsy and have since then received queries on whether more are available in my store.  This Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag is a lunch tote produced from leftover fabrics from Eponine’s quilt.  It’s really the cutest fabric collection ever!  What a wonderful collection for all fans of the Very Hungry Caterpillar classic by Eric Carle!

So, when my BFF ranted about how the Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag was sold in such a short period of time and how she missed the opportunity to own one, I decided to come up with a new design for her using patchwork squares from the Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric collection instead.

Oh, how I love the colours on this new tote bag!

Sharing some photos from my sewing process.  I enjoyed every moment of my creation!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Patchwork panel for front and back of bag

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Patchwork panels are attached to the base of the tote bag

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Front and back panels are basted, ready for quilting

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Front and back panels are quilted and trimmed

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

The exterior of bag, with front and back panels all sewn together

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Lining of bag is completed

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Turning the Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag inside out

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Top view of interior of the tote bag

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Top stitching the tote bag after attaching handles

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

The completed Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

The design of this Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag looks complicated but it’s really quite an easy weekend project and can be whipped up in a couple of hours.  I really should be putting together some tutorials soon to share with all my readers.  But first, need to find time and prioritise in the midst of my crafting, blogging, juggling a full time job and coaching Eponine for her PSLE all at the same time!  LOL

I’ve in the meantime shipped over some Very Hungry Caterpillar fabrics from the USA to make more tote bags and other products.  If you are interested, they are available for pre-order now in my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/198821993/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-small-cotton.  Delivery is likely to be end September.

Celebrating the Birth of a Butterfly!

After a long journey of two years, the Hungry Caterpillar quilt is finally completed!  No words can explain the exhilaration and joy as we see the transition of a little caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly!  The completed quilt measures 64″ x 92″, my biggest project so far!

Check out my masterpiece!

The completed Hungry Caterpillar quilt, standing proud and tall

The completed Hungry Caterpillar quilt, standing proud and tall

Edith & Eponine holding up the completed quilt proudly

Edith & Eponine holding up the completed quilt proudly

Well of course, the happiest has to be the lucky recipient of the quilt!

Eponine snuggling up with the quilt, while reading her favourite "The Little Hungry Caterpillar" storybook

Eponine snuggling up with the quilt, while reading her favourite “The Hungry Caterpillar” storybook

Eponine snuggling up comfortably with the quilt she's looking forward to for the past two years!

Eponine snuggling up comfortably with the quilt she’s looking forward to for the past two years!

Good night...and sweet dreams with tiny caterpillars!

Good night…and sweet dreams with tiny caterpillars!

Sweet dreams....with the Hungry Caterpillar quilt

Sweet dreams….with the Hungry Caterpillar quilt

Sharing some snapshots of how the binding of the quilt is done.

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I feel a bit helpless now that the quilt is finally completed.  It’s a surreal feeling, as I didn’t expect myself to pull through the entire process.  Very glad that my hard work and perseverance paid off!

Now, time to move on to the next project!  :)

Binding the Caterpillar Quilt

It’s time to bind the Hungry Caterpillar quilt!  This is not my favourite step of the quilting process, but an important one to wrap up the project.

I start off the process by cutting off all excess backing fabrics and batting, to ensure that the top and backing are of the same size.  I take great care in the cutting to ensure that not too much or too less is snipped off.  After all, so much work has been put into the quilt thus far, and we wouldn’t want to create a boo-boo at this critical stage to ruin the beautiful quilt!

Cutting excess fabrics off

Cutting excess fabrics off

Removing basting pins

Removing basting pins

Quilt with access fabrics cut off, ready for binding!

Quilt with access fabrics cut off, ready for binding!

After the cutting has been completed, I attach the binding.  The 2.5″ strips had been sewn together earlier to form a long binding strip, and pressed in half length-wise.  The binding is attached one side at a time.

One side of the quilt with binding attached

One side of the quilt with binding attached

A closer look at the attached binding

A closer look at the attached binding

The binding is sewn on using a 1/4″ seam.

Now's the time to start sewing the binding!

Now’s the time to start sewing the binding!

Sewing the binding with 1/4" seam

Sewing the binding with 1/4″ seam

I prefer to do a mitered corner binding, for a nicer finish.

Quilt with mitered corner binding attached

Quilt with mitered corner binding attached

Closeup of attaching a mitered corner binding

Closeup of attaching a mitered corner binding

Viola!  The quilt with all four sides of binding all attached!  But….this is not all, now comes the tedious process of hand stitching the top part of the binding to the back of the fabric.  I’m targeting to have the binding handsewn in a week’s time, as it’ll make a little girl very happy, enjoying her sweet slumbers with wriggly caterpillars!  I’ll be sharing more updates in my next blog post!

Binding is attached on all four sides of quilt

Binding is attached on all four sides of quilt

Quilting is Completed!

After what seemed like ages, I’ve FINALLY finished quilting the top of the Hungry Caterpillar quilt.  I think I’ve been attempting to do FMQ since one year ago!  Really glad I’ve broken out of my comfort zone to try out more FMQ designs, instead of the usual meandering.  From what seemed impossible, I’m proud of myself of having come thus far.

I’m now left with the final step of doing binding….yeah!  Targeting to get it finished over the next two weeks.  Can’t wait to complete this, as I’ve promised Eponine to complete it by her 12th birthday in April.  In fact, this is supposed to be for her birthday pressie last April!  LOL

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Updates on Hungry Caterpillar Quilt

It has been a long while since I updated my progress of the Hungry Caterpillar quilt. Yes I’m still on it!  Just that I’ve stopped work for quite a while due to other ongoing projects.

I’ve been working hard at it over the past 2 weeks, doing FMQ on the blocks, sashes & borders. I’m at the last lap of sewing the borders now.

It has been an uphill task though, dealing with my machine tension issues once again! This issue has been plaguing me for years, one day I’m on tension 4 & the next day it goes up to 9! I ended up with a 9 currently. It looks way too high but somehow the only setting which doesn’t give me nesting issues at the back of quilt. Oh well…

I’ve been viewing Leah Day’s Craftsy video on FMQ which I’ve subscribed to, to learn new FMQ designs. I love meandering designs but getting sick of it at the same time, so I reckon it’s time to learn something new! If we don’t push or challenge ourselves, then I guess we’ll never progress. It’s not easy though & it gets so demoralising when you see how beautifully & skillfully Leah sews when mine looks like a pile of junk! :( However, after practicing for the past 2 weeks, I must admit that I’ve improved in my quilting with better control now.

Check out what I’ve done so far.  I’ve tried echoing designs, paisley & swirls, among others!

Basic Swirls

Basic Swirls

Paisley

Paisley

Echo Shells

Echo Shells

Brain Corals

Brain Corals

Caterpillar Quilt Top Completed

It’s been a long while since I updated this blog as I’ve been really up to my neck with my new job & Edith’s PSLE.

My Project Caterpillar quilt top was finally completed a few months ago. Couldn’t find the time to progress further till this weekend, when I pushed myself to be on the ball again to get onto the next stage – basting!

To be frank, I dreaded this stage as I was very freaked out by the gigantic size of the quilt. Finished top is an enormous 70″x92″, my biggest quilt so far! I took the plunge anyhow and spent a good 5 hrs basting it this afternoon. Yes, you heard it right…5 hrs! I had it spray basted with the help of Edith & Eponine. They were a true blessing to me as I would not be able to manage this arduous task without their help.

Well I’m very glad I took up this challenge. Here’s how it looks like after basting. Now, on to a greater challenge – machine quilting! I’m not sure how long it would take me, but I will try my best to quilt more regularly, so it can be ready as a pressie for Ponine’s birthday in April 2013. :)