Butterfly headband tutorial

Use scraps of your favourite knit fabric to make this cute children’s butterfly headband.

Bishy Barnababes butterfly headband

I was lucky enough to sew a strike off for Second Star Fabric. It’s the butterflies for their round 5 custom knits and is fantastic quality and great to sew with. Ordering ends 10th July, so get in quick if you want some! I made a dress for my daughter – more about this in the next podcast – but wanted to use up as many scraps as possible, hence the idea for a headband.

Instructions:

  1. Cut a 3 1/2″ square piece of knit fabric.

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2. Use tailor’s chalk to mark a line diagonally across the square.

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3. Sew a running stitch along the diagonal line (don’t fasten off at the end).

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4. Pull the thread to gather the stitches. Turn over, folding the top and bottom corners to the back. Wrap the thread around the centre a couple of times and fasten off.

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5. Cut a 3″ x 2 1/4″ rectangle piece of knit fabric and round off the corners to make an oval.

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6. Use tailor’s chalk to mark a line down the centre of the oval.

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7. Sew a running stitch along the centre line (don’t fasten off at the end).

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8. Pull the thread to gather the stitches. Turn over and fold over a little of the top and bottom edge to the back. Wrap the thread around the centre a couple of times and fasten off.

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9. These two pieces will be the butterfly wings.

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10. Cut a 17 1/2″ x 2″ rectangle of stretch knit fabric – it is important that this fabric has plenty of stretch and good recovery. (This fits myself and my 4 year old so if you are making it for a smaller child you may need it shorter – test it on the child before sewing step 11)

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11. Overlap the ends but 1/8″, stitch together using a running stitch, gather and fasten off.

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12. Cut a 3 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle of knit fabric.

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13. Fold the long edges of this rectangle inwards and place the butterfly wings face down on top.

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14. Place the gathered part of the headband on top.

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15. Wrap the centre rectangle around all the layers and sew in place, going through several layers of fabric but avoiding stitching through the front layer.

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16. It’s finished!

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