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Hi there! Crystal here, from Stitched by Crystal! Are you excited about springtime finally arriving like I am? We don’t have much of a winter where I live, but I always really look forward to lovely spring weather and planting pretty spring flowers….and spring sewing! I have a fun spring-y scrap busting project to share with you today, butterfly hair bows!
These little butterfly hair bows are a fun spin on fabric hair bows. They are easy and quick to make and take very little fabric. You can whip some up to match all your little ones spring dresses with just a couple fabric scraps!
I like these little metal clips for my daughter’s hair bows, but you can add almost any clip to the back of the butterfly bows. Or pop them on a hair tie or headband if you prefer!
Of course, don’t feel limited to hair accessories either! The fabric butterflies could be a fun addition to lots of projects! Add a safety pin to the back and pin them on a dress or blouse, sew up a bunch and hang them on the wall in your little girl’s room, they could make a fun mobile hanging from strings over the nursery crib, or maybe pop a few in a shadow box like they display real butterflies….get creative!
Want to make some butterfly hair bows? Great! Let me show you how….
To make these butterfly hair bows, you will need…
- Scrap fabrics, roughly two 5” x 5” squares will be plenty
- Iron on interfacing, I like Pellon Shapeflex for this project.
- The butterfly pattern found HERE
- Strong thread, like button thread
- A hair clip of your preference
- Basic sewing supplies
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Start by printing your pattern and cutting it out. Then use the pattern to cut one top wing piece and one bottom wing piece from your interfacing.
Iron your interfacing to the wrong side of one of your fabric scraps.
Place your fabric scraps right sides together and sew around the butterfly wings right around the outside of the interfacing. Leave a small ½” opening at the bottom of the top wing piece and the top of the bottom wing piece.
Cut out the wings, cutting about ⅛” away from your stitch line. Leave a little more than ⅛” at the openings.
Turn your wings right side out and press. You can stitch the openings closed by hand or machine, or just leave them if you prefer, they will be hidden under the middle band of the bow.
Cinch the middle of your top wing, folding it like an accordion. Repeat with the bottom wing and place the two wings together. I found it helpful to use my hair clip to keep them together while I was working. Tie the wings together with a piece of your button thread. Set the wings aside.
Cut a strip of fabric 3” x 2”. Fold it in half lining up the long sides and sew along the long side to form a tube. Trim the seam allowance to ¼”, open the seam and press it with the seam in the middle. Sew along one of the short sides of the tube. Turn the tube right side out.
Grab your wings and your glue gun. Starting with your tube between the bottom wings and the raw edge facing the front side, wrap your tube around the wings to check the length. Depending on how tightly you tied the wings, you may need to trim a little off the tube. It should wrap around about 1.5 times and end with the finished edge of the tub at the top of the backside of the butterfly.
Once you are happy with the length of your tube, glue the raw edge between the bottom wings with a small dot of hot glue. Wrap the tube up the back of the butterfly, over the front and back around to the back side. Glue the end down with another small dot of glue.
If you want to add a hair tie you can add it now and wrap the fabric tube around the hair tie as well.
If you are using a clip, slide your clip in the back under the fabric tube or hot glue the butterfly in place on a clip or headband. And your butterfly hair bow is done!
Thanks for reading and happy spring!
***ALL contributor posts by Crystal, can be found HERE.
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For even more adorable hair accessory ideas you can make at home, check out these cute ideas: