I followed my imagination and made a colorful felted caterpillar. This colorful creature is unlike my previous creations because I used a few different materials to construct his wiggly body. This toy design used wool, pony beads, buttons, and wool yarn. I think he turned out just adorable. If only real caterpillars had such a friendly face!
I made 6 individual balls, put a face and antennae on one, and then strung them together with some wool yarn. I wanted the caterpillar to be able to curve just a little; which is why I strung them together rather than felting them together. I really like his pony bead antennae, but I think wood instead of plastic would have really complimented the natural wool construction. Also, felted beads would look fantastic as antennae. I haven’t really got into the felt jewelry craze; but if tiny felted beads could compliment my little felt toys I’m going to have to give it a try! I haven’t attempted such miniscule needle felting tasks yet, mostly for fear of poking myself while working in a tiny area. But I can’t stop imagining this little guy with felt bead antennae, so I will probably make him again in the future when I have mastered the technique of felting beads!
The tiny pieces make it inappropriate as a crib toy, but I think under adult supervision this toy would intrigue even the littlest baby! Even my eleven year old was impressed with this one; and it’s hard to impress her! All in all this little toy was a joy to make. It’s bright, colorful, happy, wiggly and so adorable. It’s a really simple concept and hopefully I’ve inspired someone to try a felt caterpillar of their very own!