Don’t you just love when you find something that you can’t get enough of? I mean, I have a stash of vintage tablecloths I love to use on special occasions or just because. However, I also am finding oodles of uses for these stained tablecloths I first upcycled into dolls, and then my bucket hat. Additionally, I’m all about these gems I have stuffed into this whiskey jug and making them into refashioned tablecloth clothespin butterflies.
While most days I have this tucked as decor in my laundry room, this time I’m digging into these treasures of mine for my Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time (the last Tuesday of the month, typically)
What is more, I’m eager to celebrate this spring season and the coming summer by creating some whimsical butterflies.
First, I print out a free template I found online and size it as wide as possible, about 7″ L x 5″ H.
Then, I cut out the butterfly leaving off the bottom of the body and the antennae and trace onto the tablecloth scraps.
As a matter of fact, you can see I have plenty left, correct?
Next, I trace two butterflies with one having more of the white as the back and the print on the front. Afterward, I cut them out, iron, and sew the pieces wrong sides facing with a small seam allowance and leaving a 1 ½” opening for stuffing.
Finally, I stuff the butterfly and sew shut using my zipper foot.
Last, I stick a clothespin on and cut a bit of twine and adhere with a small amount of either fabric glue or hot glue.
In sum, as a June baby myself, I’m totally partial to the strawberry butterflies to go with my bucket hat. Likewise, I just saw my first butterfly of the season and my heart soared.
At the same time, I’m also partial to the cherries and the roses on the other butterflies as well.
Which kaleidoscope (a group of butterflies) suits your fancy? If you’d like to take home one or more, you can find them available in my online store. There are many other handmade and vintage goodies as well.
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