Butterfly fabric of choice (I used a Michael Miller fabric) and backing fabric (can be the same or coordinating color)
Fusible webbing (or iron applique stuff you can find at Wal-Mart or your local craft store).
Quilt batting (cotton or polyester).
20 gauge wire or smaller.
iron and ironing board
small round eyelets (finishing washers are optional)
eyelet tool or setter
Large jump rings (gold or silver plated whichever you prefer)
round nose jewelry pliers (I use an all in one type of pliers)
optional: Chain, clasp, silk thread, wire protector loops, crimp beads, swarovski bead
Okay, let's get started:
|Place a couple of pieces of printer paper over the fabric and webbing to protect your iron.|
|Iron your fabric pieces to the fusible webbing as directed by packaging instructions.|
|Remove paper; This is after they have been ironed and are attached to the fusible webbing|
|Cut out each of your butterflies using regular, sharp paper scissors (don't use your fabric scissors here because the fusible webbing has a paper backing).|
|Trace your butterfly on your backing paper and cut out: Hint: I trace the top part just as the butterfly is, right against, but I add room at the bottom by tracing away from the butterfly by less then a half inch.|
|This kind of shows you what I mean by having the top aligned, but the bottom is out a little.|
|Cut out a little batting to fill the center of the wings. Make sure there is room on the edges and center. Only fill center of wings. This is optional on the smaller butterflies.|
|Peel paper off back of butterfly and backing fabric and place batting in place.|
|Cut out a length of wire that you desire, fold in half and twist bottom. Place on butterfly where the antenna will come out and figure out what length you like.|
|Using your round nose pliers, or multi-pliers, curl the antenna of the butterfly.|
|Pick two eyelets that go with the colors of your butterfly, or that just look good with it, and your eyelet tool. I have a handy dandy little eyelet tool, but any eyelet tool that you need a hammer with is probably just fine.|
|Place the eyelets where you would like your chain, rope, or whatever, to be attached to the butterfly and using your tool, snap or hammer in place.|