Published May 13, 2023, 1:08 p.m. by Jerald Waisoki
Looking for a fun and easy sewing project? Why not try your hand at making a fabric butterfly! This diy project is perfect for beginners and can be completed in just a few simple steps.
1. Start by cutting a butterfly shape out of your fabric. If you're not sure what shape to use, you can find many templates online or simply freehand it.
2. Once you have your butterfly shape cut out, use a needle and thread to stitch around the edge. Be sure to leave a small opening so that you can turn the fabric right side out.
3. Carefully turn the fabric right side out and stuff with stuffing, if desired.
4. To finish, simply stitch the opening closed. You can also use hot glue to secure the butterfly if you like.
There you have it! Your very own diy fabric butterfly. These make great decorations for your home or can be given as gifts. Have fun and get creative with your fabric choices - the sky's the limit!
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Hi everyone Angela here. Today I'm going to show you how to make butterflies out of scrap fabric.
I"ll show you how to make a simple and plain one like these with two different fabrics
and also a fancier one with lace and a center embellishment. You can use plain or printed
fabric. Scraps from your denim jeans , cotton, silks, polyesters, or rayons. Decorate them with
jewelry charms such as these Steam Punk Keys. And of course sequins, beads, and pearls. You
can use these butterflies to decorate just about anything or easily turn them into hair accessories.
Links for all the tools I use are in the description below. I"m using my new self-healing
small rotating cutting mat for this project. It rotates freely with this flat smooth spindle
and it has a non-slip base on the bottom to prevent it from moving.
I'm also using a 5" square template with non-slip grips on the back
and also a rotary blade to cut out all the pieces. Cut two rectangles measuring
5" x 3.5" or 13cm x 9cm
You can make these any size you like. Just make sure your width measures about 70% of
your length. Place the fabric right sides together with the shorter ends facing you
and then on the long edge, mark an opening about two" or three fingers wide using ¼"
seam allowance. Start by backtacking at that first bottom mark. Stitch until you're ¼"
from that first edge. With needle down, lift your foot and pivot and continue stitching all around.
When you get around to the second mark, backtack and trim your threads. Next we need to
trim all of the corners. And to do this, I'm going to use my 6" KAI embroidery scissors. It's a
really nice size and way to do these small jobs and the blades are just super sharp .
Cut diagonally across each corner making sure not to cut too close to the stitching.
Next, turn right side out by pushing all of the fabric through the opening.
Now use something pointy like a knitting needle to push out the corners.
For best results, slide the point along each seam towards the corner.
Over at the ironing board, make sure the edges of
the opening and the sides are straight and give it a press.
Next we need to edgestitch all around starting at the center of that opening. Backtack at the
start and finish and stitch about 1/8" or 3mm from the edge all around
and then trim off all the threads.
Next pull out about 50" or 1.2 meters of thread. Fold in half and then push that
fold through the eye of the needle. Pull the strands until they're even. Cut your thread
and then tie a knot. You should have about a 12" strand to work with.
In a vertical position, flip your fabric over to the wrong side ,
fold up to match the short edges along the top and then finger press the bottom fold .
Fold over the right edges to match the left and finger press the center fold.
Hold on to the top left corner, lift the top layer until you have a triangle at the bottom .
The top portion of the fabric should be nice and even.
Carefully hold on to everything and flip the fabric over .
While holding onto that corner on the bottom , open up the fabric again until you create another
triangle. Again, that top portion should be nice and even. There'll be a small v-shaped opening at the
top there. Adjust your fabric a bit if you need to. You want everything to look nice and symmetrical.
Hold everything in place with your left hand and then use your right index finger and
push that center fabric down a bit and fold over to the front. Now hold on to all that with your
left hand as well, and then just take note that this center point here is a little bit higher
than this point and about ½" apart and this corner at the side sticks out slightly more
than the bottom edge. Continue holding it securely and turn it around. Grab your needle and thread
and from that center corner there, come in about ½" or 12 mm from the edge towards
the center of the fabric. Push your needle through four of the layers to the other side.
Pull your needle and thread all the way through and then you're going to put your needle
right beside the thread that you pulled out through all the layers
making sure that it comes out at the back right beside the knot and pull through again .
Place your needle right beside the knot again, push through, check that the needle
is coming out right beside that little bit of stitching and pull through again nice and tight .
Once more, place your needle beside the stitching, push through to the
other side making sure that it's going in beside the knot and pull through again.
Make a knot by placing your needle beside the stitches wrap your thread around three
or four times and then pull through. Stitch underneath those original stitches a couple
more times before trimming off your thread by sewing it like this. It's hardly even noticeable .
It holds everything together without having to do a lot of stitching in the back.
Now press and fold down the other side.
The front should look nice and round and even and there should be a little bit of space
in the center. The points at the bottom should be evenly spread apart and that corner at the
side should stick out just a little bit more than the edge underneath. Again from that point come in
about 1/2" or so and then stitch through everything just like we did on the other side.
Now you can leave the shape as is, or you can flip that center point to the back .
Match the point to that top edge and stitch in place.
Start by stitching through that back corner, wrap your thread around to the front, stitch through
that front top edge going through all the layers into that back corner again do another stitch
by wrapping around again stitch through and finish off by tying a knot
These end up measuring about 3.5" wide by 2.5" tall.
To make the lace butterfly, I'm cutting out the same size pieces in cotton and in satin.
I have some lace here that's just less than 2" or 4.5cm wide that
I'll add to the satin piece. Center it onto the right side of the satin and pin in place.
Carefully stitch down along the edge of the lace all around.
Then put it together with the lining right sides together.
And then continue sewing exactly the same way we did with the first one . If you're
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to make this a little fancier, I'm just going to attach this
Steampunk Key by sewing it to the middle of the body.
A good place to sew this would be around this groove.
Stitch through all the layers. Go around a few times and then knot your thread in the back.
And then do the same thing by sewing around that bottom groove.
Turn your butterfly into a hair accessory by adding a
hair elastic and then stitching the back corner up.
With the point already sewn to the back you can also slide a hair pin through the center opening
and lastly you can just sew it to a matching narrow scrunchie. You can just sew it through
all the layers at the same spot where the other stitching is. I really hope you give these a try
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