The ladybug was a lot of fun to make. I wanted to share with you some "making of" pictures so you get a better idea of how it was constructed. Maybe it will help you with a future project.
Here are the main pieces that make up the ladybug. When I say "head right", right means right side of the fabric (nap side, the side you want to be on the outside of the plush).
Crafting for charity is a rewarding and worthwhile activity. Perhaps you are going through something in your life and want to focus on doing something kind for someone else. Maybe you are a hobby sewist and are interested in finding a way to use up those scraps, or maybe you want to do make something for someone other than your family and friends. Sewing for charity is the answer! Good for the soul and good for your fabric stash.
I found it difficult to find a comprehensive list of UK based charities looking for craft donations, so I put one together for you (in no particular order).
Sewing (some of these charities are also looking for knitted/crocheted items)
Days for Girls
Make washable hygiene kits for girls and women.
Battersea Dogs and Cats
Make items for dogs and cats, including toys, bedding, coats, etc..
Newlife Foundation for disabled children
Make and donate handmade crafts.
Wrap Pyjama Fairies
Make pyjamas and gowns for sick children.
Make items to include in your post for seriously ill children and their siblings in the UK.
Project Linus UK
Make quilts or knitted/crocheted blankets to help children in need.
Have you heard of sensory books? I don't think it's well known in the wider community, perhaps more familiar to families with children who are keen to aid sensory development. I first heard about sensory books when I came across Bag Books. Sensory books involve using sensory stimuli in conjunction with storytelling by including props that accompany the book which can be touched, smelled, heard, etc, so that it becomes a multi-sensory experience rather than simply a narrative. It's more engaging for the audience and appears to be particularly beneficial for people with sensory processing difficulties, profound disabilities, or dementia.
This is my first sensory plush. Ta-da! I designed and handmade it for Joanna Grace of The Sensory Project. It's a ladybug, with details to stimulate the senses. I stuck with red, white and black. The wings have black circle patches, all out of different types of fabric, including boiled wool, cotton velvet, linen cotton mix, etc. The wings are held down with a bit of velcro and when opened up, reveal layers of various netting materials and maribou feather. I stitched on circles of different fabric on some layers of the netting with glow in the dark or fluorescent thread. Under that is the body made out of dimpled plush fabric.
The bottom is made out of fleece, with pockets for the legs. I embroidered the golden ratio motif on the pockets for the front legs and added tiny patches of PVC with beads underneath to the pockets for the back legs. Pompom trim and ribbon tabs surround the leg pockets.
The front legs have crinkle material inside, the middle legs have hard granules that feel pebbly, and the back legs have soft granules that feel a bit fatty. The antenna are 100% wool balls sewn onto fleece tubes.
To add weight, the body has several sewn fleece pouches of pellet filling along with polyester toy filling. For sound, the head has a squeaker inside and the body has a tweet column. You can experience some of the visual and auditory aspects of the ladybug in the video below.