Skip to main content

Butterfly Tutorial

Here is the butterfly tutorial as promised.  I keep making small changes in the way I make them so all I can say is that this is the way I made this one.

First you will need some fabric with realistic butterflies repeating in the design.  As you can see, I have already used this fabric once before. 

Cut out two identical butterflies from the fabric.  These are rough cut - you will need to cut them out closer following the outline of the butterfly, clipping in the corners.  Or you can wait until you have stitched them together first before trimming them and then you will not have to contend with problems with the fabric fraying.

Here is where I detoured this time. Usually I would pin the two butterflies with right sides together, matching them up well, and then stitch around most of the edges, leaving a space for turning. Then I would turn it right side out and use a ladder stitch to close the hole. Turning the little wings can be pretty fiddly.

Instead this time I decided to press the excess under the wrong side of the butterflies. In one I basted the edge over before pressing. On the other I used a glue stick.

I have recently watched Judith Baker Montano's DVD and decided if glue stick is good enough for her, it is good enough for me!

I pinned the butterflies with the wrong sides together and used a ladder stitch to sew the two butterflies together.  This did away with having to turn it.

Once it was sewn together there were stitches showing since I used white thread and a few places where I did not get the black edges of the butterfly matched perfectly.
Using a black pigment marker made it an easy fix.  I just coloured the white threads and little white edges black.  Worked like a charm!

The butterfly is then sewn down on your background fabric with a simple seam up the middle of the body, leaving the wings free.  I used seed beads to make a body for it and added black thread for antennae.

And here it is from the side view.


Gerry Krueger said…
Those are so cool... Stick a couple for me in the AN as it comes through.. What would happen if you used two-sided fusing and bonded them together before you cut them out..

Hugs to you and the new puppy... Morris is eating all the raspberries he can reach right off the bushes... Hug Gerry K.
Arlene White said…
Thanks so much for sharing this Kerry.

Annie said…
What a great idea. I love the way the wings stand up. This is the second blog I've seen using the glue stick for 'basting'. I'm keeping that idea in my head for future use. Thanks the photos.
Mosaic Magpie said…
Wow a lot of work for a little butterfly, that is why your work is beautiful.
What a fun idea! I just clicked over from Craft Gossip and I'm so glad I did. I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.
Rosali said…
Gracias por compartir estas lindas mariposas.
Cynthia said…
Kerry, thanks so much for this tutorial. I have just the right fabric for it. And I can envision other things done the same way, like flowers.

wendy said…
How pretty! Thanks for sharing with us!
Anonymous said…
Hi Kerry great tuturial but I agree Steam A Seam would work just as good it is very permanent when fused. Thanks Linda
Pamela Kellogg said…
Kerry, this is a fabulous tutorial!! I must remember to mention it on my blog. Wonderful!

gocrazywithme said…
You just keep coming up with improvements on this technique! Way to go, girl!
allie aller said…
What a totally great idea!
I have some 2-D butterflies on my current CQ project, but adding some 3-D ones would sure make it more fun and interesting!

Popular posts from this blog

Love my chooks!

Chickens have got to be frugal, right?  They love to forage around the yard looking for things to eat and, in fact, only eat half as much feed as when they are penned up in the winter.  I love watching them out there too, interacting in their little social ways.  When they are outside foraging the egg yolks get a lovely bring colour and are so much more appealing than pale store eggs. Unfortunately, we heard from the neighbour last weekend that something got in and killed most of their chickens.  Not too sure what it was although I thought it sounded like a weasel since it didn't take the birds, just killed them and left them.  Of course, that could easily be a loose dog too.  The only thing we have caught sight of is a fox hanging around but I am inclined to disbelieve she is to blame since I think she would have taken the birds with her and wouldn't have killed so many at once.   In the meantime, my chooks have had their freedom curtailed until we determine if it is saf

Win This Quilt!

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is starting a newsletter! Sign up before noon (Eastern) on November 13, 2012 and you’ll be in a drawing to win “Bright Star” featured here. “Bright Star” was made by AAQI supporter Martha Wolfersberger of Frenchtown, MT. The quilt measures 8.25″ x 12″ and it is meticulously machine pieced and quilted. Sign up here: The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative® ( is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer’s. The AAQI has raised more than $773,000 since January 2006. Thank you for making the AAQI possible!

Waste Canvas Tutorial (Cross Stitch)

I was preparing to put a small cross stitch motif on a crazy quilt block when I remembered I had promised to do a tutorial on doing this with waste canvas, so here it is. You need to find a small cross stitch pattern you like that will fit in the space you have and figure out how large a piece of waste canvas you will need. Most cross stitch charts are graphed into 10 X 10 squares like the ones above. Waste canvas looks like needlepoint canvas except a little lighter-weight and is marked off in 5 stitch divisions by the blue threads. It comes in several sizes, 14 count being the most common and what I am using here. The canvas has double threads between each hole but you treat them as one unless you are doing a quarter or three-quarter stitch - they come in handy then as you can put your needle between the double threads to make the half stitch. I allowed myself half an inch on all four sides beyond the outer edge of where the motif will reach. Center the waste canvas on the spot yo