I have been seeing a lot of butterfly blocks popping up on the internet. They are simple to make and don’t require much accuracy to get great results. I kept thinking though that they would be a great way to use some charm packs. Charm packs are 5 inch square samples of fabrics. I had to refigure the measurements though to make it work and this is what I came up with:
Wings: Cut the charm square in half
Background: Cut 1 1/2” Strips from a charm square or 1 1/2” X 5” from a background fabric
Body: Cut 1” X 5” strips I used a brown fabric all the same for each butterfly.
- Mark the wings at 3/4” from the top for the section near the body and 1/4” from the top. This is where you will put the background strip to sew. Lay the background strip on the wing and sew 1/4” from edge. Be sure you have extra fabric hanging over each end for full coverage.
- Fold background fabric back and iron in place.
- Square up the wings to 2 1/2” X 5” . I turned the piece upside down to square it up and I didn’t cut the extra backing off because it was so small and it helped with the squaring up.
- Sew wings to body and iron towards the body.
Voila! a 5” Butterfly block ~ Charming! I sewed 4 together and it made a 9 1/2” block. Not sure what I will do with this but, I have lots more charm squares to play with and see what happens…
Be sure to check out what some other bloggers are saying about this fun block:
Pam Kitty Morning - She made it even smaller than mine
Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts – She posted a tutorial on this that might be easier to understand than what I just did.
Choccybangles - summer project
and I’m sure there are some I missed and more to come!
Let’s see some more beautiful butterflies flitting around out there in blogland of all sizes.