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Butterflies Everywhere!

We have gone butterfly mad, inspired by a friend who is giving her daughter a butterfly themed bedroom.  We have three new patterns for you, a large cushion, small cushion, that could be a hanging pillow, scented pillow, or even a pin cushion, and butterfly bunting, inspired by Kirstie Allsopp’s last television series.

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To view online or download instructions, follow the links…

Large Cushion

Mini Cushion

Bunting

Let us know what you think!

Butterfly Garland and Bunting

A great make, inspired by Kirstie Allsopp’s recent TV series.

Once you have the general principles in your mind, you can go mad and make any number of shapes into these garlands/bunting strips.

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Requirements

4” strips of front fabric, back fabric and iron on adhesive (we used heat n bond adhesive).

Number of strips depends on the final length required), we got 11 butterflies (various sizes) out of one 44” strip.

Method

Iron adhesive to the wrong side of one of your strips of fabric. Then peel the backing off.

garaldn1Iron your second fabric onto the back.

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Now place your templates onto the fabric strip and cut out your shapes.
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Now to sew your garland together.  Before your start decide which order you want your butterflies to appear in, and then stack them up in that order to make sewing easier.

Start by pulling the threads on the machine so that you end up with a long ‘tail’ (this is the part of the bunting that you can use to tie the bunting up).

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Now sew your butterflies.  If you sew your butterlies from top to bottom (1st image) you will end up with a vertical garland, if you sew them left to right (2nd image) you will end up with bunting.

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Feed the first butterfly through the sewing machine, pausing when you are a few cms from the edge, then line up the second butterfly, we wanted the tips of the butterflies to touch so lined them up accordingly (see second image above), don’t worry about the gap between butterflies your sewing machine will cope with it and the sewing machine foot will carry on feeding the fabrics through, just keep sewing until you are a couple of cms from the end of the next butterfly, then line up the next one etc…

When you have sewn them all together, pull the threads to create a length of cotton to use to tie your bunting up, then cut the cottons.

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Now hang your bunting!

VARIATION:
If you know the back of the bunting is going to be hidden, you can iron your front fabric onto fusible fleece of heavy weight fusible interfacing, saving you the cost of the separate adhesive and second main fabric.

Click here to download the templates

Click here for printer friendly instructions

Also available on the blog are patterns for a large butterfly cushion and butterfly hanging pillows and pin cushions.

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Butterfly Hanging Pillow, Scented Pillow or Pin Cushion

A versatile pattern that can be used to make mini butterfly cushions, hanging butterflies and pin cushions – fill with lavender for scented cushions. Great for using up off cuts and for craft and school fairs.
 

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Finished size
Approx. 7.5” wide x 5.75” tall

Requirements

7” x 10“ for the Main Wings
4” x 3.5” for the internal wings
3” x 1.25” for the body
10.25” x 7” for the back
Toy filler/stuffing (approx. 70 grams).

Method

Print off and cut out your pattern pieces.

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Cut out 2 wing pieces, 2 internal wing pieces and 1 body piece, following the instructions on the pattern pieces to make sure you get them facing the right way!

Now attach the internal wing pieces.  Pin the internal wings to the main wing pieces, there is no right or wrong place to put them, but we put them centrally on the spine, and you do need to take care to make sure they are both placed in the same place on their own wings.

You can attach the internal wings in one of two ways…

a)     ironing the pieces onto double sided fabric adhesive, such as heat n bond, and then cutting round the shapes, peeling the adhesive protective sheet off and ironing into place on the wings.

b)     or by pinning into place and using a blanket or zig zag stitch around the edge, ensuring that the stitch covers the edge of the internal wing.  If you do this, you don’t need to sew the spine edge.

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(These images are taken from the instructions for the larger version of the butterfly, but the principle is the same, where to pin and sew.)

Place the body, onto a wing piece, right sides facing, and sew the seam. Open the butterfly up and place the second wing on the raw side of the body piece, right sides together, and sew into place.

Iron your completed front piece and then pin the butterfly to the backing fabric, right sides facing.

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If you want to make the butterfly a hanging one, you now need to add your ribbon.  Cut a length of ribbon and fold in half so that you can see the pattern (I did it wrong in the images below, so don’t copy my mistake!).  Insert the ribbon between the two fabrics so that it hangs down the body and the raw edges of the ribbon are sticking out of the top (if you are using a large loop, long enough to put over a door knob of example, you will need to take care to ensure that the ribbon can’t be sewn over at the bottom of the body). 

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Sew around the shape, leaving an opening for stuffing.

Cut out the butterfly shape and then clip the sharp turns, if you are new to this see the images below.  We clip any sharp turns or curves to help the fabric lay flat, take your scissors and snip the fabric into the turn, taking care not to cut into your seam. 

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Now turn out your butterfly, use a knitting needle or the end of a teaspoon to push the fabric out at the points, and iron flat.

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Stuff the cushion and sew up the opening using a ladder stitch – follow the following link to view a great video guide to this stitch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CjOXMuTFXo.

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Click here to download templates

Click here for printer friendly instructions.

Also available on the blog are patterns for a large butterfly cushion and butterfly garlands.

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Butterfly Shaped Cushions

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Finished size
Approx. 22” wide x 14” tall

Requirements

A selection of off cuts to make the wings
13” x 5.5“ for the body
18” x 24“ for the back
8” x 8.5” for the internal wings
Toy filler/stuffing (approx. 600 grams).

Method

To make your pattern start by cutting out the pattern pieces, sticking the wing and body pieces together as directed on the templates (if you are new to making pattern pieces this way, click here to view our guide).

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The pattern drawn on the wing pieces is just for inspiration.

Now start making up the fabric pieces for the wings. Take a pile of fabric off cuts and sew together at varying angles, we used a mixture of triangle and straight pieces.

Turn your fabric piece over and iron all the seams so that the excess fabric is folded back onto itself (see the second image).

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Regularly check your piece against the wing template, if, as in the following example, you find you are only a small piece short of having a large enough piece of fabric, look at other parts of your piece and see if there is a part you could cut off and join to the short part.

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When your fabric is large enough, iron once more and then cut out your wing piece.

Repeat to create the second wing, remembering to make sure that the wing faces the opposite way to the first wing. 

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Now attach the internal wing pieces.  The best way to cut these is to take your fabric, and fold in half (right sides together) and then attach the internal wing piece and cut, you will now have two pieces, one facing left and one facing right.

Pin the internal wings to the main wing pieces, there is no right or wrong place to put them, but we put them centrally on the spine.

You can attach these piece in two ways…

a)     ironing the pieces onto double sided fabric adhesive, such as heat n bond, and then cutting round the shapes, peeling the adhesive protective sheet off and ironing into place on the wings.
b)     or by pinning into place and using a blanket or zig zag stitch around the edge, ensuring that the stitch covers the edge of the internal wing.  If you do this, you don’t need to sew the spine edge.

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Now make the body. Take your fabric and fold it in half length ways.  Place the pattern piece on the fold and cut out x1. 

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Place the body, onto a wing piece, right sides facing, and sew the seam.  Now iron the seam flat, BUT this time so that both raw edges are flat on the wing.  bodytowings

Now repeat on the other side of the body with second wing.

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If you look at the joins between the wings and body (top and bottom) you will see that the fabric is loose, sew a small line of zig zag stitches over the two joining fabrics, taking care to keep it close the edge as you will want this line of stitches to be hidden/covered by the seam you sew next).

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Iron your completed front piece and then pin onto your backing fabric, right sides facing. 

Sew around the shape, leaving an opening for stuffing (we found the area marked on the image below best for the gap, as it gives good access to the whole cushion for stuffing and is easy to sew afterwards).

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Trim around the butterfly.

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BEFORE YOU TURN OUT YOUR BUTTERFLY.  Because the antenna are very small we recommend stuffing them before you turn out the pillow.  Use the end of a spoon or knitting needle, to push the antenna into the body.  Then stuff them, you will have to push small amounts of stuffing in and push them down with a stick or pen, but you will be amazed how much you can fit in such a small space!

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DON’T sew them shut, just turn the pillowcase out through the gap you left for stuffing, and iron.

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Now stuff the pillow, taking care to push stuffing into the tips of the wings and bottom of the body.

When you are happy with the look, sew up the opening using a ladder stitch (follow this link to a great instructional video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CjOXMuTFXo).

Click here to download the templates

Click here to download printer friendly instructions

Click here to go to our guide to putting pattern pieces together.

Also available on the blog are patterns for hanging butterflies, butterfly pin cushions
and butterfly garlands.

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Halloween Wreath

A great project for Halloween, let your visitors know you take part in the event or use indoors to get that festive feel.

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Best of all, once you have a wreath you can change the decorations to ring the changes in the seasons – redecorate for Christmas, birthdays, Easter etc!

What you will need: A wreath shape or piece of insulating foam tubing (ours is from B&Q and cost 79p!). 2-3 sheets of cardstock (we used Fancy Pants Trick or Treat range). Buttons (optional) we used Doodlebug orange pack of 24. Tulle (we used green 6″ wide x 20 yards). Glue

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Step 1 (jump to step 2 if you are using a ready made wreath shape) Join the ends of the foam tube and wrap together in strong tape (the tubing will naturally take on a circular shape.

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Step 2 Wrap the tulle around the wreath until covered.  Tie and trim the end.

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Step 3 Cut your card into interesting shaped strips.  We used a Trick of Treat striped card and used the pattern to guide where we cut. For best results don’t make the strips any deeper than 1inch.

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Step 4 Fold each of the strips back and forth, the folds don’t need to be a particular size, it is good to have a mixture of really small folded rosettes and rosettes with fewer folds.

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Step5 Glue the ends of the strip together.

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Step 6 Once the glue has dried push the rosette into shape by pulling the edges out at one end.  Next glue a circle of card onto each side of the rosette to hold the rosette’s shape and give you a flat base to attach the rosettes to the wreath.  The larger the circles the better and they act as a clamp on the rosette, we tried just using buttons but found the rosettes wouldn’t hold their shape, so this really will make the rosette last longer and be easier to put together.

 

Step 7 Take another piece of card, we used Fancy Pants Trick or Treat Postcards sheet.  Cut out interesting pictures and shapes.

Step 8 Put your wreath together.  Arranging the rosettes and other shapes to suit you.  We stuck buttons on the rosettes but also some of the cut outs to give a 3d look.

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Step 9 You could stop here, but we then wrapped a final thin layer of netting over the wreath to give a spooky and webby finish to the wreath.

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Step 10 Smile – how clever are you!

Guide to putting pattern pieces together

It is not always possible to print the whole of each pattern piece on one piece of A4.  To get round this we split the affected pattern pieces in several smaller pieces, for you to stick together like a jigsaw.  As a result we have been asked to provide some guidance to putting pattern pieces together, so here we are, if you are left confused please let us know and we will try and produce something clearer 🙂

These instructions refer to our pattern for making a large owl, but the principle is the same regardless of which pattern you are using.

To create your pattern pieces you need to print off all the pieces, DO NOT CUT THEM OUT YET.  First arrange the pieces in the correct order, for this pattern, the top of the owl’s body, the top row of is made up of pieces A and B, and the bottom row pieces C and D.

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Now cut the outside edge of each of the pattern pieces, as shown below. 

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Next line up the pattern pieces, along the dotted lines, taking care to make sure that the pieces are line up on all relevant sides, and tape or glue into place.

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Your pattern piece is now ready to go!  In the case of the large owl, repeat these steps with the two pieces provided for the wing: Cut the outside edges of the 2 pattern pieces, overlap the internal edges (matching up the dotted lines), and stick or glue together.

Debbie From Daisyyard’s 3D Christmas Tree

This is a fabulous make, great for each plate round the Christmas dinner table, you could hang the name of the person who’s plate it is round the tree on a piece of ribbon!

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You’ll need

1     19″ x 21″ Fabric square of Christmas fabric from the Riley Blake Christmas Range
1     6” Bunting template
Assorted colours and textures of ribbon or bells
Sewing machine
Thread and tape measure
stuffing

“The bundle of Riley Blake Christmas fabric from Prints To Polka Dots really lend themselves to this idea. They have a retro look to them.”

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I first saw this Idea on the internet and have adapted It on a smaller scale. This works well to make these beautiful 3D Christmas trees.

First decide what size template from the bunting template you wish to use. I have used a 6” one for my tree but larger sizes also work well.

daisy2You can buy ready cut triangles in the fabric of your choice in store, you could mix and match for different looks on each side of the tree – click here – Claire ptpd.

With your right sides of fabric together pin your template onto the fabric and cut out. You need to repeat this so you have 6 pieces of fabric in total that are the same.

daisy3Take each pinned triangle and use pins to mark 2” in along the bottom edge from both edges as shown. This will be the start of your sewing point.

daisy4Sew from the pin along the bottom edge, turning at corners until you come to the other pin along the bottom edge leaving a gap for turning through.

daisy5Before you turn each triangle through make sure you snip each corner close to stitching this will create a crisp finished when turned through making your triangle keep its shape.

daisy6Now you can turn your 3 triangles through from the bottom opening to the right side and press.

daisy7Take your 3 pressed pieces of fabric and lay one on top of the other ensuring the points and bottom edges are in line. Now measure the top triangle finding the middle and pin down this line ready for machining through all layers.

daisy8Carefully machine stitch down this line removing pins as you go.

daisy9You will now be left with segments to stuff from the gap created at the bottom of your triangles.

Make sure you fill each segment to the very tip and fill until you reach the bottom edge which can now be hand stitched to close up each gap.

daisy11You are now left with a 3D Christmas tree which can be embellished to you taste. I’ve used a bow on the top of mine but you could use a bell. Also try making them in different sizes as a Christmas decoration with a difference.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

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Click here to download a printer friendly version

Click here to view our other Christmas makes.

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Design Team Inspiration…

More makes from our virtual design team to share with you….

We start with a great cushion made using part of a Geekly Chic charm pack, designed and made by Amy Brooks.

Amy says “I joined the 12 x 5″ charm squares in a 4 x 3 pattern, taking care to press all the seams. For some extra stability, I used 14″ x 18″ of medium weight fusible interfacing on the whole patchwork back. I used a lime green cotton for the other face of the cushion and finished it all off with a concealed zip on the long side.”

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We love this 3D Christmas Tree from Debbie at Daisyyard, full instructions can be viewed/downloaded by clicking here.

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September Design Team Competition

We are getting ready to send out the next set of fabrics to our design team, and you can win your own set of fabrics, worth over £15, by simply answering the following question, here on the blog!

Do you make things for Christmas presents?  If you do, what sort of thing do you like to make? (you can still enter if your answer is no!)

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Fabrics include pieces from (left to right) Gracie Girl, Sasparilla, Ashbury Heights and Kensington.