Butterfly Costume DIY (easy)

This Butterfly Costume DIY is perfect for play and Halloween!  I love this easy to sew butterfly costume. It works for Halloween or dress up. I like how it comes with a nice pdf patterns too. Great DIY little girl costume idea.The wings are soft but durable – great for a dress up box.

For this project you will need:

1 Oly*Fun in Orchid, kiwi and Sea Green

3/4 yard of stiffen interfacing

3/4  yard of 1/4 inch elastic

3/4  yard of 1/2 in elastic

505 Adhesive spray

Fabri Fix glue

2 Popsicle paint stirring stick

The free sewing pattern provided by Fleece Fun (see below)

Rotary cutter, ruler and mat (available here)

Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)

Butterfly Costume DIY

Step 1 – Cut out the Pieces to the wings

You will need to assemble the pattern.  For instructions on how to assemble the pattern click here.

Cut out the following:

2 of the wings from the stiffen.  Tip – trace the wing with marker and then cut out.

On folded cloth cut 2 wings for a total of 4 wings

Cut 1 rectangle that is 3 inches wide by 5 inches long for center piece.

Cut out the decorations for the wings

With remaining cloth cut 2 inch strips for the skirt.

Step 2 – Assemble the Wings

Editor’s note: After my kids “play testing this design The wings began to droop.  To fix this I suggest gluing a paint stick or Popsicle stick to the stiffen at the middle running up and down the wing to prevent this.

After adding the stick sandwich the stiffen in between two of the exterior wings.  Keep in place with the 505 spray.

Repeat with the other wing.

Sew around each wing with the medium zig zag stitch.

Step 3 – Decorate the Wing

Using fabric glue.  Add on decorations  to each wing.

 be sure to give enough time for it to properly dry.

Step 4 – Attach the wings to each other

Place recant piece between both wings, pin or glue into place.

Cut two lengths of elastic that are 12 inches long each.  Bring ends together to make loop.

Place each loop on either side of rectangle.

Sew down the rectangle to join wings and make arm loops.

Step 5 – Make the skirt.

Sew or tie the 1/2 elastic to the proper size for your butterfly.  (For a 5 to 7 year old this will be 17 to 20 inches).  Tie on the strips to make the tutu.

Download the Pattern Below:

You can get a free copy of Adobe reader here. By downloading  you are agreeing to pattern terms of use. Click the picture of the pattern envelope to download the .pdf !butterfly-download

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I love this cute little puppet theater! So cute and it can be a kid theater too! Such a great DIY idea for play at grandma's house. I know several kids who love to put on plays and this is perfect for them. I also love how she has a way to store it too!Like the Cute stage below?  You can get that tutorial here.