Sunday, January 13, 2013

Craft Tutorial: Butterfly and Bunting Nursery Art

With only 6 weeks left before #3's due date, I've been trying to get busy!  I made this to match her mobile, which has hanging butterflies and flowers, with bunting around the four "sticks."  This piece (a little smaller than a piece of printer paper) will hang on the wall with the ribbon flower and some other art.

8.25 x 10.5 canvas (I reused one that had something mod podged on it.  You could also use a board or even cardboard if that's what you have.)
Yarn (I used both worsted weight and sport weight)
Crochet hook (I used 5mm)
String or thread (I used size 3 crochet thread)
Large-eye needle
Hot glue gun/hot glue
Thumb tacks


Make a butterfly from this pattern.  I finished off after each round and attached the new color in the space.  Use yarn instead of a pipe cleaner for the center - wrap it around the body three times and tie in a knot; trim to make the antennae.

Cut out about 10 little bunting squares from felt.  I eyeballed the first one and then set it on top of the felt, cutting around it, to make the rest.

Use the large-eye needle to string the felt buntings onto the string.  Leave plenty of extra string on the ends.

Assembly -

Wrap the canvas with the fabric.  I hot glued the long sides first, then wrapped the short sides like a present - folding and gluing the outside edges flat onto the top, then folding the flap over and hot gluing it down onto the frame.

When you've put the butterfly where you want it, poke thumbtacks through the back half of wings and through the canvas, hot gluing the tacks on the back so that they'll stay.

Set the bunting down where you want it, wrap the string around the back and secure it with hot glue.  (My fabric is a bit fuzzy, so the felt sticks to it in a nice drape without needing to be glued.  But if you have shiny material and the bunting droops, you may want to do a few dots of glue behind some of the buntings.)

And that's it!  Easy peasy.  I just love how it turned out.  :)

©2013 Alli Hyer, all rights reserved.  The butterfly pattern specifies in the copyright that you do not have permission to sell items made with her pattern, so if you are using the butterfly pattern, you may not sell items made with this tutorial.  You may not sell this tutorial or claim it as your own.  You may publish or post a link to it, but you may not publish or post it in whole or in part.


  1. this is so sweet! I love the butterfly

  2. Inspirational. As number #4 granddaughter was born last week, I reckon I might have a crack at the frame and get one of my son's partners to make the butterfly for me. I have not yet progressed beyond granny squares and straight line trebles!

  3. My 1st grand-daughter was born yesterday :) My daughter couldn't pick just one theme so she's going with animal print, owls & butterflies lol.... Her bedding set is butterflies & I absolutely LOVE this!!! I am actually about to start on your preemie earflap pattern for her since she's so much tinier than expected... But I want to take the time to really thank you for sharing all of your patterns & projects... I am a mom of 5 daughters (1 adopted, that just had a baby) then I have 12, 9, 7 & 18 month old daughters at home and they love me making them things... So... CONGRATS on #3 and from one mom & crocheter to another THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  4. Alli, hello i love that butterfly, will check out your patterns, I have been gifted some by you from all freecrcochet!
    thats how I found nice to meet you,
    Good luck with no.3's due date?
    bestest to you and yours Daisy J x


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