Saturday, May 05, 2012

Ladybug Paper-pieced Pattern

About a week ago, I added paper-pieced ladybugs to an Add-a-Border round robin block.  Several people have asked to know how I made the ladybugs.  Here you go.

Ladybug... Ladybird 

If you have ever pieced a Snowball quilt block, this pattern may seem familiar to you. The ladybug is small enough that you can make it with scraps. Polka dot fabrics look nice on the body. 

The pattern is basically symmetrical so it works for all kinds of paper-piecing without reversing. You can enlarge the pattern to make the bug any size you want.
  1. There are 3 sections of this pattern: H=head, B=body, and A=background
  2. Note the only colored areas are ladybug body, and black on the middle stripe and head. Everything else is background color.
  3. Start piecing with B1, which is the black stripe in the middle of the ladybug’s back. Move to B2 and B3, then B4 through B7.
  4. Piece H1 though H5, in order.
  5. Sew the body and head together.
  6. Finish by sewing the “A” pieces of the background in numeric order.
  7. Embellish the legs and antenna with embroidery or draw them in with a Micron marker.


  1. This is great. These little lady bugs are adorable. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Oh wow, I love those ladybugs! I am in the brainstorming stage for a quilt featuring paper-piecing, and I'll be sure to make use of this tutorial. I linked to your pattern from my blog (with attribution to you as the designer) - hope you don't mind.