Hi everyone! Andy here from A Bright Corner. It’s been warmer than usual here this week and I have a bad case of spring fever! The good news is that spring is just around the corner – just a couple of short weeks away! Today I’m bringing you a quick no-sew project that’s sure to bring a breath of fresh, spring air to your home. I used this image from Pinterest as my inspiration:
For this tutorial, the sweet spring butterflies are made using your favorite fabric scraps and some HeatnBond® Ultrahold. I decided to re-purpose a cute metal pot and I grabbed a few branches from a bush in my front yard. There’s a piece of foam in the bottom of the pot to secure the branches a bit. Then I covered that with some moss to hide the foam. Voila!
Now let’s get started on those butterflies!
- fabric scraps (enough to make 8-14 butterflies)
- HeatnBond® Ultrahold (a 9″ x 17″ piece made 12 butterflies)
- sharp scissors
- Butterfly Applique Shapes
Step 1: Print the Butterfly Applique Shapes. Using a pencil, trace 8 to 14 butterflies onto the paper side of the HeatnBond® Ultrahold. (I used the tiny and small sizes of butterflies.)
Step 2: Cut around each butterfly roughly, leaving about 1/4″ of space.
Step 3: Iron each butterfly shape to the wrong side of a scrap of fabric. Cut out butterflies, just a bit outside of the lines. You can see in this photo that I stayed close to the lines, but cut just outside of them:
Step 4: Peel off paper backings and then iron butterflies to the wrong side of another scrap of fabric. This is where you can have some fun mixing and matching fabrics!
Step 5: Carefully cut around the butterfly shape, just a bit inside of the first butterfly shape. Nice, sharp scissors will be helpful here. You now have a two-sided butterfly!
Step 6: Fold each butterfly in half and press for 5 to 7 seconds to create a crease. Unfold slightly and let cool.
Your lovely butterflies are now ready to adhere to the branches. I used a dab of hot glue, and held the butterfly in place until it set.
Want to see what else you can do with these fabric butterflies? I made some of the larger sizes and had fun finding new ways to use them around the house. Hop on over to my blog to see more ideas!