Sew-a-Softie Butterfly Tutorial for Kids
Do you know what a softie is? I actually didn’t until I decided to make a butterfly softie for Sew-a-Softie day. Sew-a-Softie day is on July 16, and was created by Trixi at Coloured Buttons. I’m getting a little jump-start with this tutorial, and so are several other crafters who are taking part in Sew-a-Softie Day.. I was inspired to make this butterfly softie from the tutorials I’ve seen on Pinterest about making a stuffed animal from your child’s drawing. I decided to try making my own before promising my kids I would help them sew-a-softie.
What You’ll Need:
- Soft Fabric such as Fleece or Felt
- Embroidery Thread
- Basic Sewing Supplies
How to Sew a Butterfly Softie
The first thing you’ll need is a pattern. I mentioned that I was inspired by stuffed animals made from kid’s art, so I drew a simple butterfly at the request of my preschooler who wanted the softie, but who did not want to draw a butterfly. Next time I try this craft I’ll have my older three kids draw their own patterns and sew their own softies.
Simple Butterfly Drawing
I wasn’t kidding when I said simple! I drew the butterfly pictured above, pinned it to two layers of fabric (front and back) and cute around the outside of my drawing. I wanted to show my kids that the drawing didn’t have to be perfect or detailed to make a stuffed softie.
Sew Around the Edges of the Softie
I used an embroidery needle with a blunt tip to sew the front and back fabric pieces together. I also added a couple of buttons into the stitching around the edges. I wasn’t worried about even stitches; the uneven stitches add to the charm. Make sure to leave an open space at the top of your butterfly for stuffing.
Stuff the Softie
You can use what you have on hand for filling. I like to use fabric scraps for crafts like this because I’m not wasting the parts of the felt I cut away. The entire softie is actually made from a felt scrap I had left-over from a sewing project I did last fall.
I started by filling the butterfly about 1/3 of the way with fabric scraps. I pushed the scraps to one side and stitched down the middle of the butterfly and back up to create the body of the butterfly. Having left the top unstitched I stuffed the center and remaining wing of the butterfly with felt fabric scraps. Once the butterfly was stuffed I sewed the top closed to finish the softie.
I think my first very basic softie was a success. This is a great craft for tweens or to make a quick stuffed friend for a younger child.