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Fabric Butterfly Wall Art by guest Sedef Imer

I always get excited when it’s Sedef’s turn to share a guest tutorial on Diary of a Quilter. And today is no different. Sedef, who is in Australia, is sharing some downunder sunshine with is today with this fun fabric butterfly wall art project. Doesn’t it put you in the mood for summer? It feels like a ray of sunshine during these northern hemisphere winter blahs.

Take it away Sedef!

Rainbow 3D fabric butterfly craft wall art tutorial by Sedef Imer for Diary of a Quilter

Hi, it’s Sedef Imer here, from Down Grapevine Lane . I’m delighted to be back as a guest blogger on Amy’s blog and today I will be showing you how to make this sweet three dimensional fabric butterfly wall art!

3D Fabric butterfly wall art by Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane for Diary of a Quilter

You can make it in all colours of the rainbow as I have done, or using a single fabric, or in ombre shades of one colour family to coordinate with your room decor. Don’t be shy to get creative!

MATERIALS

Small cotton fabric scraps in assorted colours (butterfly fronts)
15″ square of felt in a neutral colour (butterfly backs)
15″ square of fusible web such as Vliesofix or Wonder Under
21″ square white cotton
21″ square quilt batting
Stapler & curved edge scissors
19″ square (50cm) picture frame

CUTTING

(13) 3″ x 3.5″ rectangles in assorted colours (large butterflies). Note: For my large butterflies I used 2 red, 2 pink, 2 yellow, 3 green, 2 teal, 1 blue, and 1 navy rectangles. 

(12) 2.5″ x 3″ rectangles in assorted colours (small butterflies). Note: For my small butterflies I used 1 red, 1 pink, 3 orange, 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 teal, 2 blue and 2 navy rectangles. 

(13) 3″ x 3.5″ rectangles of fusible web (large butterflies)

(12) 2.5″ x 3″ rectangles of fusible web (small butterflies)

(13) 3″ x 3.5″ rectangles of felt (large butterflies). Note: You may have noticed that I used assorted colours of felt for the backs of my butterflies. Feel free to do the same if you happen to have lots of felt in different colours as I did. I wrote this tutorial assuming most people would use a single colour of felt for all the butterflies.

(12) 2.5″ x 3″ rectangles of felt (small butterflies)

FABRIC BUTTERFLY WALL ART ASSEMBLY STEPS

Get Templates Ready

1.  Download the PDF template from here and print to A4. Make sure you download it to your computer and open in Adobe Acrobat to print – if you print it straight from your browser this often causes size problems.

2. Cut out the four heart pieces in the template along the outlines. Sellotape them together to make a big heart shape. Cut out the rectangles on the last three pages of the template, with a butterfly in the middle of each rectangle – DO NOT CUT ALONG THE BUTTERFLY OUTLINES.

Make the Butterflies

3. To make a large butterfly, apply fusible web to the back of a 3″ x 3.5″ rectangle, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Peel off the backing paper and fuse this piece onto a 3″ x 3.5″ felt piece. Press with iron on the fabric side not the felt side (if you are using artificial felt it may stick to your iron). Note: In the picture below I’ve cut my felt piece slightly bigger for clarity.

5. Take a large butterfly template and staple this (using a regular stationery stapler) into the middle of your felt/fabric piece in a few places as shown. You can use pins instead of staples, but pins distort the fabric more than staples, which makes cutting out the shape harder.

6. Using curved scissors, carefully out the butterfly along its outline. Remove and discard the template paper and staples. Repeat this process to make 13 large butterflies. Note: there are a few spare butterfly templates just in case you make mistakes and need to repeat the process. 

7. Repeat the same process using the 2.5″ x 3″ fabric, felt, and fusible web pieces to make 12 small butterflies.

Tutorial: Make 3D fabric butterflies - tutorial for Diary of a Quilter

Assembly & Finishing

8. Take the large square of white cotton. Fold in two, gently finger pressing a crease where the center fold is. Open and fold the other way, gently finger pressing the fold again to create a four-square grid.

Place the heart template on the table and place your white cotton square on top. Assuming your fabric is not too thick, you should be able to see the heart template through the cotton (if you can’t see clearly, tape the template to a window).

Line up the finger pressed folds on the fabric with the lines on the heart template to make sure your heart is centred on the fabric. Using a removable fabric pen (I used Pilot Frixion) trace the heart outline onto the fabric, and also the small lines inside the heart which are the position marks for the butterflies.

9. Place the white cotton on top of the quilt wadding, and baste together with quilting pins. Quilt the entire background as desired (I quilted mine by sewing parallel straight lines, spaced approximately 3/8″ apart).

Use fabric scraps - 3D Butterfly wall art

10. Take a butterfly and position it on your background, lining up its centre with one of the marks inside the heart. Refer to the drawing on the first page of the template and note the orientation of the butterfly, i.e. whether it is facing up or down. Sew in place with a straight stitch down the centre of each butterfly, using a coordinating colour thread, securing start and end stitches well. Tip: I used invisible thread (a clear nylon thread) to sew all the butterflies in place to remove the need for changing the top thread several times. 

11. Repeat for the remaining butterflies until they are all sewn in place. Remove the pen marks (I used a Pilot Frixion pen which is heat removable so I just blasted the finished artwork with a hairdryer).

Rainbow 3D fabric butterfly craft wall art tutorial by Sedef Imer for Diary of a Quilter

12. Trim your artwork to 19″ square (or the opening size of your picture frame). There is a lot of allowance outside of the heart to trim it down to the exact size you need. Remove the glass/perspex in the picture frame and carefully place your artwork into the frame.  If you prefer to keep the glass make sure the butterfly wings are not crushed when placing them in the frame. You can also finish your artwork as a mini quilt if desired.

Butterfly fabric Wall Art tutorial by Sedef Imer for Diary of a QuilterI hope you enjoyed this tutorial and use it to make your own fabric butterfly wall art.

Please come visit me over on my blog Down Grapevine Lane and you can also follow me on  Facebook and Instagram  for free tutorials, patterns, and general sewing inspiration. 

Happy sewing!

Thank you so much Sedef! I can’t wait to see what you all do with this fun project. It’s a great one for using up scraps and would make such a beautiful piece of sewing room or nursery wall art.

You can check out Sedef’s previous projects here including her popular Quilted Leaf Coaster tutorial, Fabric-covered Needlebook tutorial, and cheerful Scandi Pillow design.

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Barbara Opett
    February 5, 2020 at 6:09 am

    Sew Beautiful, thanks for sharing! Love Butterflies too.

  • Reply
    Laura
    February 5, 2020 at 11:57 am

    This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your art, you are so talented and inspiring. I can’t wait to make these myself.

  • Reply
    Melanie Shoaf
    February 6, 2020 at 6:32 am

    Thank you! Can’t wait to do this with my granddaughters this summer!

  • Reply
    Linda Douglas
    February 6, 2020 at 11:05 am

    Thanks Amy+Sedef – very attractive !!!

  • Reply
    Jayne
    February 6, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Lovely! I would really like to make this. But I cannot seem to get the pdf. It comes up blank.

    • Reply
      Amy
      February 8, 2020 at 11:17 am

      Darn – that is strange! I’m going to try emailing you the file directly. Let me know if it comes through.

  • Reply
    Maxine Goodyear
    February 8, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you, how kind of you to share your ideas and a tutorial to boot.

  • Reply
    slmrn1
    February 9, 2020 at 9:53 am

    This is so cute. Thanks to you and Sedef for sharing and providing a tutorial. Will love this in my sewing room.

  • Reply
    Dana
    February 10, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    This is beautiful! I am going to make this and hang it in my sewing room! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Reply
    Melissa
    February 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you for the great design. I’ve made 2 already. I converted the butterfly patterns to svg files and cut them on the Cricut Maker. I can make them public with your permission if you’d like. Thanks again it’s beautiful-Melissa

    • Reply
      Amy
      February 21, 2020 at 10:36 pm

      That is so cool! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed it. And yes, that would be awesome to have the SVG files. Will you send me a link and I’ll include it in the post? Thanks, Melissa!

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