Want to make some adorable butterfly hair accessories for the little girls in your life? These butterfly hair bows are so simple to make with fabric scraps and are perfect for girls of all ages!
How to make a butterfly hair bow
Ellie, my little munchkin loves wearing cute hair accessories and have been asking for a DIY butterfly hair bow for a while. And since spring is here I thought this is the perfect time to take a break from my hectic life and make some adorable butterfly hair bows!
To be honest I love seeing her wearing cute accessories and I kind of made this butterfly hair bow tutorial to make myself feel better. I’m going through some stressful times for absolutely no reason, really and getting creative always have the power to uplift me. I also love going through my never ending stash of fabric scraps and come up with something useful and cute like these lovely butterfly hair bows!
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This project is not only a great scrap buster and mood changer, it’s also a super cheap way to update your spring wardrobe! These butterfly hair bows can be used as hair ties as I did, hair clips or cute details for tops, dresses and headbands! I have a lot of hair ties that are too plain for my taste so I decided to add interest and a dose of cuteness to these but the possibilities are endless with these butterfly hair accessories!
I made a pattern for these cute butterflies, available for purchase here or get it free when you join my sewing or craft newsletter!
Butterfly hair bows
- butterfly bow template
- exacto knife
- self healing cutting mat
- fabric scraps
- light interfacing
- fabric pen
- matching thread
- sewing machine (optional, you can hand stitch these too)
- bamboo skewer
- pressing iron
- pinking shears
- low temperature hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Cutting the butterflies
- Print your template and place it on a self healing cutting mat.
- Use the exacto knife to cut out the templates. Being so small, it’s pretty hard to cut using craft scissors so an exacto knife is a better fit for this project.
- Place the patterns on a piece of interfacing and trace around the patterns using a fabric pen or chalk pen. Cut interfacing for each of the bows you’re planning to make.
- Take the scrap fabrics and place them in pairs, right sides together.
- Place the interfacing on the scrap fabric, sticky side down
- and press until the interfacing adheres well to the fabric. Pin fabrics together.
Sewing the butterflies
- Sew slow, just outside the interfacing, using a small stitch and a small length. This will help you go slow over tiny curves so you don’t mess things up as I did lol
- Leave a gap in the bottom of each butterfly piece.
- Cut around the butterfly with 1/8″ allowance, leaving a bit more fabric around the gap.
- Turn butterfly pieces right side out through the tiny gap. You might find a bamboo skewer is a pretty good help here. Just remember to use the blunt end or else you’ll pierce through the seam.
- Push the gap in then press well.
Finishing the bows
- Cut a small strip of fabric of about 1 1/2″ x 5″ using your pinking shears. this will prevent the strip from fraying.
- Fold the sides in, lengthwise, and press well with your iron on steam.
- Pinch both butterfly pieces and join them in the middle then wrap some thread around to keep them together until you move to the next step.
- Place a dot of hot glue on the wrapped thread and press one end of the pinked strip until secured.
- If you’re using these butterfly bows as hair ties or hair clips now is the time to add those in the middle of the butterfly.
- Wrap the pinked strip tightly around the butterfly until you reach the end of the strip.
- Secure the end with another drop of hot glue and you’re done!
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