Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Love Bug Will Get Ya!

Well if she can put down the cereal for a hot second that is.  In celebration of Valentine's Day coming, I decided I had to turn my little lovey into a sweet love bug this year.  Way better than Cupid (and probably less embarrassing to look at years later).

I started with designing a special little Love Bug Hat complete with heart-tipped antennae.  Made from cuddly fleece, it's become a favorite winter hat too.  I love how the antennae stay up so it's just as fun from the back as it is from the front.  She actually brings it to me to put on her and the smiles & comments we get when she wears it in public are just priceless.

I made one of those super cute, super easy no-sew tulle tutus everyone's always making (the one where you cut some strips of tulle and knot them onto a bit of elastic).  Then I came up with this little felt applique design to put on a plain onesie so I could put together a whole outfit.

Here's how to make the applique:

Start with these basic shapes cut out of some felt:

Pin the big hearts onto the onesie with the ends meeting and, with a sewing machine (or by hand), sew them on near the raw edge of each heart with pink thread.

Stitch the small heart onto the body piece just before adding the body and the head on over the wing hearts with red thread.

Then stitch on the heart tips for the antennae, hand embroider the eyes with french knots and hand stitch the other details with backstitches in red floss.

I put the onesie, tutu & hat on my little girl and presto!  She's turned into a Love Bug:

The Love Bug Hat as been getting us a lot of attention when we go out.  We had a few errands at the grocery store, Target, etc. today and 5 separate people stopped in their tracks and complimented her little hat.  Two asked me where I bought it!

Sharing this with my FAVE LINK PARTIES too so check them out HERE!


  1. Oh my goodness you've done it again!!! Oh this outfit is so so sweet! :) That hat is darling!

  2. I see two sweet lil' love bugs here! So cute.

  3. Awwww, how cute. Your photos crack me up! Your daughter makes the perfect little model. Loving the love bug hat.

  4. Oh my goodness!! That is soooo stinkin' cute! Great job!

  5. oh seriously, you can not get much cuter than that! How sweet!

    I am stopping by from Sugar Bee's Take a Look Tuesday! Would love to have you take a look at my project, too : )


  6. Is there wire in the antennae to keep them up?

    Nobody rocks the beaded necklace like your baby does! Is there a story behind that necklace that I see in many of your photos?

  7. super cute! i am sooo doing the love bug shirt (eventually) :) thanks for sharing!! (via Trendy Treehouse) :)

  8. What a precious little love bug outfit! Amazing details in your applique and of course the hat! I had to keep looking at the hat! :) You are so creative!!

  9. Thanks so much everyone! It's so nice to see people like these as much as I do (I know I'm a little biased since I made them).

    Dragonmamma, there is no wire in them, but I designed it so the antennae do stay up (it's a little shop secret of mine). There is a story behind her necklace - I'll be sharing it soon:)

  10. oh this is so adorable.
    thank you so much for participating in the linking party :)

  11. Oh so adorable! What a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing your creative inspration.

  12. I love your outfit! I made one for my daughter too (http://fastdaze.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-little-love-bug.html), but your hat takes the cake!

  13. Oh my... that is the cutest little lovebug I've ever seen!!

  14. SO SO adorable!!

    Thanks for linking up!!! I featured your post in my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2011/im-lovin-it-wrap-up-2-5-1/

  15. This is super cute! Thanks for linking up to Sew Woodsy!

  16. Oh' How stinken PRECIOUS is this. WHAT A HUNNY. love it! JEN

  17. CUTE! Visiting from Cariboo Butterfly.

  18. Adorable and so clever! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to see you, and hope you'll be back again soon!

  19. That outfit is darling. I'm not surprised that you got comments. And making the hat of fleece is a great idea because it is so soft. Thanks for sharing.


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