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How to make a fabric butterfly

Updated February 21, 2017

Fabric butterflies add a touch of nature to craft or floral projects. Simple butterflies are made in miniature to life-size replicas of the colourful insects. Shape the specific butterfly of choice with the wired loops with which the wings are formed. Use remnants of lightweight fabrics, such as cotton, lace, polyester or taffeta. Sew or glue the fabric butterflies to clothing, scrunchies, magnets or floral picks to be placed into an arrangement or flower girl bouquet.

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  1. Place the fabric upside down on a sheet of waxed paper on a flat work surface. Place a piece of lace fabric with the textured side down.

  2. Cut the chenille stems or cloth-covered wire into two 12.5 cm (5 inch) and two 25 cm (10 inch) pieces with wire cutters. Curve each wire piece into a loop. Twist the ends three times to enclose the loop and secure it.

  3. Shape the two large loops into wings. Slightly pull the two small loops to widen them. Place each loop on a flat surface and bend the twisted ends of the wire up.

  4. Run a line of glue around the wired loop bottom while holding the twisted ends in your fingers.

  5. Place the glued side of the loop down onto the cloth. The twisted wired ends will be standing upright. The wired loop should be flat against the cloth. Glue the remaining wires to the fabric and let the wings dry for at least three hours.

  6. Draw the shape of the elongated butterfly body and round head in one section on a piece of felt. Cut the piece out of the felt with cloth shears.

  7. Cut the wings out of the fabric with cloth shears. The cuts must be made around the outside of the wire. Be careful to cut the fabric only.

  8. Place the felt body on the waxed paper. Fold an artificial floral craft stamen in half for the set of antennae. Set it onto the back of the head with a dot of glue. The antennae rise above the head.

  9. Twist the wire ends of the two top fabric wings together. Run glue halfway down the body of the butterfly and place the two top fabric wings, front side down, on to the body.

  10. Twist the end wires of the remaining two fabric wings together. Place the set of wings on to the butterfly body. Put an extra dot of glue at the point where the four end wires rise above the fabric. Let the fabric butterfly dry thoroughly before using it on a project.

  11. Tip

    Place a weighted item, such as the glue bottle or container, down onto the loops to keep them flat against the wing fabric while the glue is drying.


    Do not cut the wire when cutting the wings from the fabric, or the shaped piece will be ruined.

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Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Waxed paper
  • Chenille stems or cloth-covered wire
  • Wire cutters
  • White craft glue
  • Felt
  • Shears
  • Floral craft stamens

About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.

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