Spring Butterflies tutorial

Hi everyone!  Andy here from A Bright Corner.  It’s been warmer than usual here this week and I have a bad case of spring fever!  The good news is that spring is just around the corner – just a couple of short weeks away!  Today I’m bringing you a quick no-sew project that’s sure to bring a breath of fresh, spring air to your home.  I used this image from Pinterest as my inspiration:

Spring Butterflies Pinterest Inspiration

For this tutorial, the sweet spring butterflies are made using your favorite fabric scraps and some HeatnBond® Ultrahold.  I decided to re-purpose a cute metal pot and I grabbed a few branches from a bush in my front yard.  There’s a piece of foam in the bottom of the pot to secure the branches a bit.  Then I covered that with some moss to hide the foam.  Voila!

Spring Butterflies tutorial

Now let’s get started on those butterflies!



Step 1: Print the Butterfly Applique Shapes.  Using a pencil, trace 8 to 14 butterflies onto the paper side of the HeatnBond® Ultrahold.  (I used the tiny and small sizes of butterflies.)


Spring Butterflies tutorial

Step 2:  Cut around each butterfly roughly, leaving about 1/4″ of space.

Step 3:  Iron each butterfly shape to the wrong side of a scrap of fabric.  Cut out butterflies, just a bit outside of the lines.  You can see in this photo that I stayed close to the lines, but cut just outside of them:

Spring Butterflies tutorial

Step 4:  Peel off paper backings and then iron butterflies to the wrong side of another scrap of fabric.  This is where you can have some fun mixing and matching fabrics!

Spring Butterflies tutorial

Step 5:  Carefully cut around the butterfly shape, just a bit inside of the first butterfly shape.  Nice, sharp scissors will be helpful here.  You now have a two-sided butterfly!

Spring Butterflies tutorial

Step 6:  Fold each butterfly in half and press for 5 to 7 seconds to create a crease.  Unfold slightly and let cool.

Spring Butterflies tutorial   Cute little fabric butterflies - a tutorial!

Your lovely butterflies are now ready to adhere to the branches.  I used a dab of hot glue, and held the butterfly in place until it set.

Cute little fabric butterflies - a tutorial!

Cute little fabric butterflies - a tutorial!

Want to see what else you can do with these fabric butterflies?  I made some of the larger sizes and had fun finding new ways to use them around the house.  Hop on over to my blog to see more ideas!

3 Comments on Spring Butterflies with HeatnBond

  1. lisa@hilltophouse
    February 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm (10 years ago)

    OMG. What a way to welcome spring! Soooo cuuute. Will definitely be making me a batch. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Diane Mettler
    February 28, 2014 at 9:25 am (10 years ago)

    I am a Hospice Volunteer and our logo is the Butterfly….I will be making some of these to give out at the Hospice House.

    Thanks for this great project

  3. Cecilia Magor
    March 9, 2014 at 3:57 am (10 years ago)

    How cute and uplifting project! Will definitely be making one with my WI grouP!