Things You'll Need
- Scraps of tulle
- Tape measure
- Cotton thread
- Hand sewing needle
- 20-gauge craft wire
- Wire cutters
- Colorful beads (6 mm and 3 mm)
- Beading glue
- Needle-nose pliers
Soft and frilly butterflies floating lightly might be a special addition to a decorating theme or another craft project. Tulle, with its open mesh, makes an ideal fabric to use for creating butterfly wings. Make butterflies out of tulle in any color and then embellish the butterfly wings in a variety of different ways to make your butterflies pop with imagination and ingenuity.
Measure and cut an 8-inch square from the tulle.
Fold the tulle square in half and mark the center point with pins by placing several pins along the fold. Unfold the tulle.
Thread the needle with a 12-inch length of cotton thread. Tie the end of the thread into an overhand knot.
Stitch long basting stitches along the center point you marked with pins from one edge of the tulle to the opposite edge. Remove the pins.
Remove the needle from the thread and grasp one end of the thread in each hand. Pull the thread ends to gather the stitches and pull the center of the tulle into a tight gather. Tie the ends of the thread together tightly in a double knot but do not cut off the excess thread yet.
Cut a 7-inch length of craft wire and fold it in half.
Thread a 6 mm bead onto both ends of the folded craft wire and push the bead along both wires until it is approximately 1/8-inch away from the folded end of the wire.
Insert two small squirts of beading glue into the hole of this bead to secure the bead onto the folded wire at this point. This glued bead will be the bottom end of the butterfly’s body. Allow the beading glue to dry completely before proceeding.
Thread additional 6 mm beads onto both ends of the folded craft wire until you fill 2 inches of wire with beads.
Separate the two wires at this point and then begin to thread the 3 mm beads onto each wire separately to create the antennae. Thread the smaller beads onto the separate wires until 3/8-inch of empty wire remains of each wire.
Twist the wire ends into circles with the needle-nose pliers to secure beads on the wire and create the ends of the antennae.
Place the beaded butterfly body over the gathered center point of the tulle. Bring up both thread ends on either side of the butterfly body and tie the threads together tightly around the butterfly body. Allow the threads to nestle between two beads so the thread is not visible as you tie the thread in a tight double knot. Clip off the excess threads to finish the butterfly.
Glue sequins, ribbons or glitter to the tulle butterfly wings to give your tulle butterflies even more beautiful color.
- Sew Any Fabric: A Quick Reference Guide to Fabrics from A to Z; Claire Shaeffer; 2003
Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.