Felt Butterfly Sewing Project (with Video)

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An easy sewing project for kids, today’s Felt Butterfly Sewing Project can be used as a stuffie or turned into a backpack charm, hair clip or added to home decor to display your child’s talents and sewing skills.

An easy sewing project for kids, this felt butterfly stuffie comes with a free printable sewing pattern and can be customized with your favorite colors or optional embellishments like sequins, beads, pompoms, etc. You can turn your finished butterfly into a backpack charm, hair clip or add to home decor to display your child's talents and sewing skills.

Felt Butterfly Craft

One of the best surprises this summer was finding some milkweed in my daughter’s garden. We’ve never had milkweed there before and I would have never thought to plant it ourselves.

For months, we anxiously awaited the arrival of butterflies to our yard as more and more stalks of milkweed popped up… and once the butterflies arrived, they never stopped coming.

Every time we were in the backyard, we were treated to a beautiful display of a variety of butterflies coming to enjoy the garden. Just like with lightning bugs, I don’t think anyone can get blasé about seeing butterflies – there was always a rush of excitement.

Now that we’re in the midst of winter, the only way we’re going to see butterflies is to look them up online or make them ourselves! So, today we’re sharing a fun and colorful DIY butterfly sewing project that you can customize to look like your favorite butterflies.

The trickiest part about these felt butterflies are those cute facial features, which are completely optional and can also be drawn on using felt markers if they are a little too tricky for your child.

You can also embellish your butterflies with gems, sequins, beads or pom poms to truly make it your own.

Sewing Tips

Whenever we need to cut out intricate shapes from felt, I always grab some freezer paper and use the freezer paper trick to cut out our felt shapes, but good-quality felt and a sharp pair of scissors also makes all the difference.

To make this butterfly stuffie craft, you just need to know how to do a basic whip stitch and a blanket stitch. (However, you can just use a whip stitch on the sides if the blanket stitch proves to be too tricky. The links above are to my friend Maggie’s channel and they are perfect for kids learning how to sew.)

 

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Check out our quick video to see how to make your own felt butterfly stuffie – and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable template and instructions:

Materials to Make a Felt Butterfly

How to Make a Felt Butterfly Stuffie

Print out your butterfly pattern and cut out the template.

Trace the pattern pieces onto your chosen felt colors, using the freezer paper hack if desired.

Cut out all of the felt pieces.

Start by assembling the wing details.

Place the smaller detail pieces overtop of the larger detail pieces (these are called wing cells).

Use a whip stitch or overstitch to sew the smaller felt pieces onto the larger pieces. Repeat with all wing details.

Sew the wing details onto the front butterfly body piece, centering each detail piece per quadrant of the butterfly and ensuring that they look symmetrical. Set aside.

Take one of the butterfly’s body pieces (the thorax/abdomen piece) and use a cross stitch to sew on the facial features. (Alternatively, you can leave off the facial features or draw them on with a felt marker.)

Lay the body piece with the facial features over the second body piece, lining up the edges, and use a whip or blanket stitch to connect the sides. Before completely sewing all the way around, fill the butterfly’s body with cotton batting or felt fabric scraps, then complete sewing around the edges and tie off.

Sew the two small black rectangle pieces to the back, top of the butterfly’s head for antennae. Set aside.

Lay the embellished butterfly wing felt piece overtop of the second wing piece, lining up the edges, and use a whip or blanket stitch to connect the sides. Before completely sewing all the way around, fill the butterfly’s wings with cotton batting or felt fabric scraps, then complete sewing around the edges and tie off.

Sew the butterfly’s body to the center of the butterfly wings – try to sew “underneath” the body to hide these stitches, if possible.

 

Pin this Easy Sewing Project for your next craft session:

How to sew your own felt butterfly stuffie - a super simple sewing project for beginners that can be enjoyed as a toy, turned into a mobile, backpack charm, hair accessory or added to home decor.

Grab your free printable instructions for our felt butterfly sewing project – and don’t forget to grab your Felt Butterfly Sewing Pattern here:

Yield: 1 Stuffie

Felt Butterfly Sewing Project

Felt Butterfly Sewing Project

An easy sewing project for kids, this felt butterfly stuffie comes with a free printable sewing pattern and can be customized with your favorite colors or optional embellishments like sequins, beads, pompoms, etc. You can turn your finished butterfly into a backpack charm, hair clip or add to home decor to display your child's talents and sewing skills.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Felt
  • Thread
  • Cotton Batting, optional
  • Felt Butterfly Pattern Template

Tools

  • Pencil or fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Freezer paper and iron (if using the freezer paper trick)
  • Needle

Instructions

  1. Print out your butterfly pattern and cut out the template.
  2. Trace the pattern pieces onto your chosen felt colors, using the freezer paper hack if desired.
  3. Cut out all of the felt pieces.
  4. Start by assembling the wing details.
  5. Place the smaller detail pieces overtop of the larger detail pieces (these are called wing cells).
  6. Use a whip stitch or overstitch to sew the smaller felt pieces onto the larger pieces. Repeat with all wing details.
  7. Sew the wing details onto the front butterfly body piece, centering each detail piece per quadrant of the butterfly and ensuring that they look symmetrical. Set aside.
  8. Take one of the butterfly's body pieces (the thorax/abdomen piece) and use a cross stitch to sew on the facial features. (Alternatively, you can leave off the facial features or draw them on with a felt marker.)
  9. Lay the body piece with the facial features over the second body piece, lining up the edges, and use a whip or blanket stitch to connect the sides. Before completely sewing all the way around, fill the butterfly's body with cotton batting or felt fabric scraps, then complete sewing around the edges and tie off.
  10. Sew the two small black rectangle pieces to the back, top of the butterfly's head for antennae. Set aside.
  11. Lay the embellished butterfly wing felt piece overtop of the second wing piece, lining up the edges, and use a whip or blanket stitch to connect the sides. Before completely sewing all the way around, fill the butterfly's wings with cotton batting or felt fabric scraps, then complete sewing around the edges and tie off.
  12. Sew the butterfly's body to the center of the butterfly wings - try to sew "underneath" the body to hide these stitches, if possible.

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I hope your kids love getting to make their own little butterfly stuffies as much as mine did!

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