Butterfly Accent Pillow

Measures 8" x 4.50"
 

Pale yellow organza butterflies flit across this floral painted accent pillow. Stencils for the butterflies and the flowers are included with the downloadable instructions. I partially covered the painted green border with two layers of organza to bring the design together. The butterflies may look difficult to create but all they require is a zigzag stitch. Colors on the wings were made with permanents markers.

Directions

BEFORE PAINTING, ALWAYS WASH AND DRY FABRIC (WITHOUT FABRIC SOFTENER). DURING PAINTING, COVER EXPOSED FABRIC TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL OVER SPRAY. ALLOW PAINT TO DRY BETWEEN STEPS.

step 1 - Print out the floral border stencil. Learn about stencil materials. Extend the page by 1.25” on the top and bottom edges by taping on pieces of paper.  The new size page should measure 8.5” x 13.5”.

step 2 - With a yard stick draw a vertical line down the paper following the existing black lines on the stencil page.

step 3 - Trace the floral border onto the dull side of Reynolds Freezer Paper. Using a craft knife, cut out the stencil.

step 4 - Pillow Front Cut out a square of white fabric measuring 13.25”.  Place the Freezer Paper wax side down on the fabric.  Position the black vertical line of the stencil 3.5” from the left edge of fabric.

step 4 - Pillow Front

Cut out a square of white fabric measuring 13.25”.  Place the Freezer Paper wax side down on the fabric.  Position the black vertical line of the stencil 3.5” from the left edge of fabric.

step 5 - Hold in place with painters tape then cut away the page to the left of the black vertical line and the tape.

step 5 - Hold in place with painters tape then cut away the page to the left of the black vertical line and the tape.

step 6 - With a dry iron set on “cotton”, press the Freezer Paper to the white fabric.  Be sure all design edges adhere to the fabric. Place painters tape over the flowers.

step 6 - With a dry iron set on “cotton”, press the Freezer Paper to the white fabric.  Be sure all design edges adhere to the fabric. Place painters tape over the flowers.

step 7 - Protect areas of the fabric that will remain white, then spray spray all the open areas with Lucky Charm green paint including the entire left edge of the fabric.

step 7 - Protect areas of the fabric that will remain white, then spray spray all the open areas with Lucky Charm green paint including the entire left edge of the fabric.

step 8 - Remove the tape from the flowers.  Protect open green areas, then spray the flowers with Purple People Eater paint. step 9 - When all the paint is dry, remove the tape and stencil.

step 8 - Remove the tape from the flowers.  Protect open green areas, then spray the flowers with Purple People Eater paint.

step 9 - When all the paint is dry, remove the tape and stencil.

step 10 - Cut a piece of yellow organza to measure 7” x 13.25”.  Align the left edge of the organza to the left edge of the pillow front and pin in place.

step 10 - Cut a piece of yellow organza to measure 7” x 13.25”.  Align the left edge of the organza to the left edge of the pillow front and pin in place.

step 11 - Sew the organza to the pillow front by stitching .25” from the vertical green edge.

step 11 - Sew the organza to the pillow front by stitching .25” from the vertical green edge.

step 12 - Bring the right side of the organza over the left, creating a two layer cover over the green paint.  Press the seam flat and pin all layers together.

step 12 - Bring the right side of the organza over the left, creating a two layer cover over the green paint.  Press the seam flat and pin all layers together.

step 13 - Butterfly Wings

Print out the butterfly stencil.

step 14 - Cut two squares of yellow organza large enough to cover one of the butterflies.  Tape only one fabric square to the paper to hold in place while you trace the butterfly with a fine point marker.  Make it elaborate like the stencil or simplify it by drawing fewer curves. Do not use a solid line as the marker will drag on the fabric and distort the shape.  Instead create dots.  Place your dots slightly outside the butterfly border.

step 14 - Cut two squares of yellow organza large enough to cover one of the butterflies.  Tape only one fabric square to the paper to hold in place while you trace the butterfly with a fine point marker.  Make it elaborate like the stencil or simplify it by drawing fewer curves. Do not use a solid line as the marker will drag on the fabric and distort the shape.  Instead create dots.  Place your dots slightly outside the butterfly border.

step 15 - Remove the fabric from the paper and pin the squares together.  Each butterfly is made of two layers of organza fabric sewed together.

step 15 - Remove the fabric from the paper and pin the squares together.  Each butterfly is made of two layers of organza fabric sewed together.

step 16 - Using a satin stitch presser foot and a tight zigzag stitch, sew inside the dots you’ve marked on the fabric.  Lift the presser foot and turn the fabric to smoothly navigate angles and tight curves.

step 16 - Using a satin stitch presser foot and a tight zigzag stitch, sew inside the dots you’ve marked on the fabric.  Lift the presser foot and turn the fabric to smoothly navigate angles and tight curves.

step 17 - Cut out two more organza squares and create the second butterfly in the same manner.

step 18 - OPTIONAL - Use green and purple permanent markers to add color to the wings.

step 19 - With sharp scissors, cut away organza outside stitching line and position the butterfly wings on the pillow front.  Sew down the center of the butterfly with the same zigzag stitch you used for the wings, to create the butterfly body.

step 19 - With sharp scissors, cut away organza outside stitching line and position the butterfly wings on the pillow front.  Sew down the center of the butterfly with the same zigzag stitch you used for the wings, to create the butterfly body.

step 20 - Cut two pieces of fabric to measure 9.75” wide x 13.25 long.

step 21 - Fold and press a 1” hem the length of each piece.  The new measurement will be 8.75” x 13.25”. 

step 22 - On one piece, sew one half of a 3” Velcro strip to the center of the hem.  Fold the 1” hem over again and sew close to the edge the entire length of the fabric.  The piece should now measure 7.75” x 13.25.

step 22 - On one piece, sew one half of a 3” Velcro strip to the center of the hem.  Fold the 1” hem over again and sew close to the edge the entire length of the fabric.  The piece should now measure 7.75” x 13.25.

step 23 - On the second piece, fold the hem a second time and sew it close to the edge. 

step 24 - Mark the placement for the second Velcro on the other fabric piece to match up with the first.  Sew in place.

step 25 - Press the Velcro pieces together aligning the hemmed edges.  Pin the overlapped edges together to hold in place when finishing the pillow.

step 26 - Finish The Pillow

Place wrong sides of front and back together.  Sew all four sides with a 5/8” seam.  Trim allowances.  Turn right side out and fill with a 12” pillow form or batting. 


Supplies

At Joann's

  • 1 yard white cotton
  • 1/3 yard yellow organza
  • Permanent markers - green, purple
  • painters tape
  • 3” piece of Velcro
  • 12” pillow form or Fiberfill
  • sewing notions
  • repositionable stencil spray

At Supermarket

  • Freezer Paper or other stencil material - Ralph’s Super market

At Testors.com

  • ColorArtzairbrush kit and White Wedding and Lucky Charm paint pouch

     

     

     

     

     

 


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