Use scraps of your favourite knit fabric to make this cute children’s 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.
- Cut a 3 1/2″ square piece of knit fabric.
2. Use tailor’s chalk to mark a line diagonally across the square.
3. Sew a running stitch along the diagonal line (don’t fasten off at the end).
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.
5. Cut a 3″ x 2 1/4″ rectangle piece of knit fabric and round off the corners to make an oval.
6. Use tailor’s chalk to mark a line down the centre of the oval.
7. Sew a running stitch along the centre line (don’t fasten off at the end).
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.
9. These two pieces will be the butterfly wings.
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)
11. Overlap the ends but 1/8″, stitch together using a running stitch, gather and fasten off.
12. Cut a 3 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle of knit fabric.
13. Fold the long edges of this rectangle inwards and place the butterfly wings face down on top.
14. Place the gathered part of the headband on top.
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.
16. It’s finished!