Finally spring is here (at last!!!!!) It is so nice having the sunshine, I had a picnic in the park this weekend and I saw a bumble bee and a butterfly fluttering around, it was so nice. And it was the inspiration for this tutorial!
Felt – I used lavender, white and pink splatter designer felt from Sew Sweet
2 pieces of mini ric rac, cut to 7cm / 3 inch long
Small bit of toy stuffing
Sewing threads, scissors etc
Download the patten here (pdf)
Download and print off the pattern. Use it to cut out your felt shapes. I cut 2 body pieces from lavender felt, 2 wing pieces from white felt and 2 wing pieces from the pink splatter designer felt.
This butterfly would also look awesome in rainbow colours, or pastels, lots of creative options!
Take two wing pieces and place them back to back. Sew around the outside edge, I used contrasting pink thread to make it stand out.
Then if you like, you can add extra detail to the wing, I free motioned did the patterns on the wings with my sewing machine, you could do these by hand, or sew on sequins or buttons. Get creative.
Take one of your body piece and pin the two wings to it. Take your two pieces of mini ric rac and pin those in place too.
Then take your other body piece and pin that to the opposite site, so the wings and ric rac is between the two.
Sew around the body of the butterfly, start where the body meets the bottom of one of the wings and take care that you sew through the front and back body piece with each stitch.
When you get back around to the bottom of the body pause to push some stuffing into the head and body, then finish stitching round to where you started.
Overlap your stitches slightly for extra strength, and knot the thread.
Your butterfly soft toy is finished!! I added a little bit of ribbon to the back so I can hang it up on my balcony, it looks so pretty there 🙂
I hope to have another spring tutorial next week too! So be sure to visit again.