Just finished a basket of stuffed corn. These sell so well this time of year. I made mine for fall craft shows and the store where I sell my crafts locally. They are a perfect addition to a Thanksgiving table, mantel, or anywhere you want to add bountiful fall decor.
A few months ago I stitched a bunch of stuffed owls made from old sweaters. They were made very primitively. The stitches were mostly uneven (on purpose). I liked them, but I figured it would take someone that could appreciate that look to love them. Seems I found several people who appreciated that look. I sold all my owls at a recent craft sale. One customer even asked if I would make a butterfly.
Okay. This is the butterfly I made and the basic tutorial for making your own.
I started out by making the pattern. I folded a standard sheet of card stock in half and sketched half of a butterfly. I cut out the shape through both layers. Once unfolded, the whole shape of the butterfly was revealed. I wanted the butterfly bigger, so I laid the shape on a scrap of wallpaper and traced it an inch larger. I decided the smaller shape would be a nice layer to the top. I made additional patterns for the wing patches and the spots.
I cut two pieces from a sweater for the largest butterfly shape. This is the pillow portion of the butterfly. I whip stitched around the edges using embroidery floss, stuffing it before closing.
I cut the smaller butterfly shape from a contrasting sweater and layered it on top of the pillow. The shape was whip stitched to the pillow.
The patches were then layered on.
Next came the spots.
And finally the buttons.
I decided to add a trim around the middle for dimension.
At one time or another, I had purchased a box of fabric at an auction. When I got it home, I was surprised and pleased to discover quite a few pre-cut 4-inch squares in the bottom of the box. At the time I wasn’t sure what I would do with them, but with fall craft shows just around the corner, I dug through the box and pulled out all the squares that I thought would work for fall. I considered, arranged and stitched until I came up with a seasonal design. Checkered pumpkins.
Things You Will Need:
Fabric scraps ( Live on the edge and choose colors that are completely unexpected.)
Hand-sewing needle and thread
Black crochet thread
Long soft-sculpture needle
Stick from your yard
Silk fall leaves
Hot glue gun
Yep, my fabric choices may surprise you.
Using an even amount of two different fabric designs, I arranged 28 squares in a 4 x 7 grid.
I sewed the squares together using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
After the seams on the back were opened and pressed flat, I folded the checkered fabric in half with the short ends together and the right side on the inside. I then sewed the short ends together. This created a tube.
Without turning the tube right side out, I sewed a running stitch around one open end and gathered the end closed.
The checkered bag was turned right side out and stuffed.
Thread approximately 2 yards of the black thread onto the long needle and knot the end. Insert the needle down through the thumb hole of the pumpkin and out the gathered center of the bottom. Bring the thread up along the side of the pumpkin to create an indented spine. Repeat until you have made six evenly spaced indented spines around the surface of the pumpkin. Finish with a knot on the bottom of the pumpkin.
Head out to your yard and find a stick about the same thickness as your thumb. Break or cut it to measure about 5 inches long. Burrow you finger into the thumb hole and down into the stuffing. Squirt hot glue into the hole. Insert half the length of the stick into the well.
Tie a couple strands of raffia around the stem, and hot glue silk fall leaves to the base of the stem.