Alicia from Felt With Love Designs loves to design finger puppets, quiet book pages, softies and just about anything else that encourages pretend play. Alicia designed this butterfly softie made from soft fleece. It’s a nice beginner sewing project, and a sweet gift for babies and young children!
My daughter has recently become enamored with butterflies and asked me to make her a stuffed one. I designed something soft and cuddly that’s also perfect for little hands to carry around and love!
These butterflies come together very quickly and would make a perfect last-minute gift for any butterfly loving child (or adult).
- Butterfly Pattern
- Fleece: a few large scraps
- Poly-Fil Stuffing
- Black Embroidery Thread
- Safety eyes (optional)
Cut two wings and two body pieces from fleece. (Note: The pattern does not include a seam allowance. When cutting the pieces, cut a small distance outside the pattern; I used a little less than a quarter inch.)
With right sides together, sew the two wing pieces together leaving a small gap to flip. Snip the corners and clip the curves, then flip the wings right side.
Top stitch around the edge of the wings and, optionally, top stitch a fun pattern in the wings. I chose spirals in the top half and a curvy line in the bottom half.
Optional: Add eyes and a smile to the front body piece. I originally intended to leave the face blank but my daughter begged for a face on the butterfly, so I added mine after the fifth step. This also works but is a bit easier to do it at this stage.
With right sides together, sew the two body pieces together leaving a small gap to flip. Snip the corners and clip the curves.
Flip the body right side and stuff. Then ladder-stitch the hole shut.
Sew the wings to the body piece. I chose to use two lines of ladder stitch about a half inch apart, centered along the back.
If you prefer hand stitching felt to machine sewing fleece, I put together a short post on adapting the pattern.
This is a very simple pattern with many different options for customizing the finished design. You could add some ribbon antennae, a bell or rattle inside the butterfly’s body or some crinkly material in the wings to make noise when a baby plays with him.
I hope you enjoy the butterfly pattern. I would love to see some fun versions of this little guy!