Craft projects for mothers and daughters can be so much fun. It gives them time together and a sense of accomplishment. And knowing they created something together makes the item all the more precious. The steps in this project that should be turned over to a child will be determined by the child’s age.
This butterfly is attached to a hair clip but you may find many other uses for it. The project is made with organza fabric that can either be purchased by the yard, or cut from a roll of wide organza ribbon. Fun fur yarn holds the butterfly layers together with an interesting fuzzy texture. Glue is used to finish off the edges of the butterfly and prevent the fabric from fraying. Once the glue has dried, the excess fabric outside the glue line is cut away leaving a clean edge. Two layers were used for the butterfly pictured but you can use multiple layers for your project if you wish. You can also make it unique by choosing different colors for each layer. Experiment with yarn colors and textures and different color beads to create a truly one-of-a-kind project.
Prepare The Glue
Cut the tip in the Jewel-It glue applicator tip so it will create a fine line. If you have an existing container with a hole that’s too big, transfer some glue to another small, refillable container available at craft shops. You can also mix a small amount of paint with the glue to create a bead of glue the same color as your fabric.
You should start with two butterfly images, one that is slightly smaller than the other. Print this page and use the image, which is about three inches, or find one of your own. The shapes don’t have to be perfect and they also don’t have to be identical. Imperfectly matched butterfly shapes actually make a more appealing finished product because it adds more contrast between the two layers.
Place a square of organza fabric or organza ribbon on top of the butterfly images.
Trace The Butterfly
Using a permanent marker, trace the butterfly by placing dots slightly outside the actual outline of the image. If you try to draw a solid line, the fabric will pull under the marker’s pressure and you'll lose control.
Place a paper towel under the organza squares.
Creating The Glue Outline
Using the dots from the marker as a guide, apply a solid bead of glue slightly inside the dots, creating the butterfly shape. Do not press the applicator tip to the fabric. This will flatten the glue and spread the glue outline. The tip should be held away from the fabric so that a bead is created.
Once the butterfly outlines are complete, let the glue set for about 15 to 20 minutes. Attach a piece of painters tape on one edge of the fabric and lift it carefully from the paper towel. Do not drag it as glue may smear across the fabric. Use the tape to hang the square from the edge of a counter or in some other location where nothing will come in contact with the glue while it’s drying.
The length of time it takes to dry will depend on how thick the bead application is. A thin bead will take about 2 hours. You’ll know when the glue has dried because it turns from white to clear.
Cut Away Excess Fabric
You want to be sure the glue is completely dry before handling the squares and cutting the excess fabric away. If the glue line is irregular or wider in places, you can cut the dry glue with scissors to fix it. Trim the butterfly by cutting away the dots made by the marker. Trim away excess fabric that sits outside the glue line. You can add more color and designs to the wings by drawing on them with permanent markers.
The Butterfly Head And body
Thread a four-inch length of fun fur yarn into ¼” inch round, glass bead. Fun fur isn’t smooth or flat so follow these easy directions for threading the yarn into the bead.
• fold a small piece of wire and slip the folded edge into the bead
• slip the yarn into the “eye” of the wire
• pull the wire back out of the bead and the yarn along with it.
Secure the head of the butterfly by placing the bead in the middle of the yarn and making a double knot.
Assemble The Butterfly
Lay the two pieces of yarn open (the bead will be in the center. Place the smaller butterfly face down on top of one length of yarn. Place the larger butterfly on top of the smaller one.
Bring the second length of yarn over the butterflies and tie the two lengths of yarn together in a double knot. This will cause the butterfly to pucker in the center, giving it an interesting shape. Don’t tie the butterflies too tight or the finished project will be flat with a folded look. You want a little play in the yarn so that the butterfly wings can be arranged and separated from each other.
Pull the bead so it is positioned at the top of the butterfly. Allow the excess yarn to trail behind or trim if you prefer. The wonderful texture of fun fur gives the butterfly the look of a fuzzy insect.
What To Do With The Finished Butterfly
You can probably think of many ways to use your finished butterflies. They can be hot glued to a pin to wear on shirts, jackets or hats. Hang them from ribbons to create a crib mobile, or attach them to headbands, or to hair clips.
You can attach a butterfly to a small hair clip with needle and thread or by hot gluing. To sew the butterfly onto a clip:
Thread a needle with the same color thread as the butterfly. On the center underside, catch a small piece of fabric with the needle. Run the needle through one of the loops in the hair clip. Go back through another section of fabric, followed by another loop in the clip. Continue until you’ve attached the butterfly to one side of the clip. It’s not necessary to attach it to the other but you can do so if you prefer. Your butterfly is ready to clip into the hair.
A permanent marker or craft paint can be used to color the clear glue outlines of the butterfly.
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