Butterfly Wings

Butterfly Wings

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Fiskars
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Additional Information



  • Fiskars®:
    • Cutting Mat (12” x 18”)
    • Circle Shape Template (8-1/2” x 11”)
    • Non-stick Scissors (8”)
  • 1 yard of fabric for the main base of the wings
  • 1-1/2 yards of assorted fabrics for making the patterns on the wings and the center piece
  • 1” x 20” strip of elastic
  • 2 yards of ribbon for the ties
  • Vinyl
  • Pins
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Sewing machine
  • Construction paper (to use as a pattern)

**Fabric quantities are based on the average size of a 7-year-old child. Increase or decrease the amount of fabric depending on child’s size.


1. Purchase enough fabric to drape as wide as the child’s arm span and as long as the height from the nape of their neck to their ankles.
2. Hem the raw edges if necessary.
3. Cut two 4” x 18” (half the length of the main wing fabric) strips of fabric for the center stripe.
4. Use the diagonal lines on Fiskars® Cutting Mat (12” x 18”) to taper the ends of each strip into a stylized long diamond shape. Set both diamond strips aside.
5. Decorate the wing base with a typically symmetrical butterfly wing pattern using an assortment of different textures and colors.
6. Freehand draw pattern pieces onto construction paper.
7. Use Fiskars® Non-stick Scissors (8”) to cut out patterns.
8. Pin the pattern piece to fabrics. Cut out and sew onto wing base using a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying at the edges.
9. Use Fiskars® Circle Shape Template (8-1/2” x 11”) on vinyl to create the ‘eye’ of the wings. Use Fiskars® Non-stick Scissors (8”) to cut. When working with vinyl try using a non-stick machine presser foot to help the fabric to glide more easily through the machine than a metal zipper foot.
10. Use the long diamond strips to create the center piece of the butterfly.
11. Pin the ends of one long diamond strip to the top and bottom of the wing base.
12. Remember, the long diamond strip is half the length of the wing base. Gather the wing base into layers about 6” from the top and 6” from the bottom.
13. Place the second center strip underneath the wing base on the opposite side of the fabric. Pin in place.
14. Sew all the way around the outside of the back strips, joining the top one to the bottom one and holding the gathers in place.
15. Sew a loop of elastic onto both top outer corners so that the child can put hands through and flap their wings.
16. Sew two lengths of ribbon (each approx. 1 yard long) to the wings at the neckline. Do not sew down bottom ends of the ribbon.
17. To wear wings, wrap the ribbons over child’s shoulders, cross at the chest and tie behind the back.