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Butterfly Hair Bow Tutorial

Today’s contributor is Crystal from Stitched By Crystal. All posts written by Crystal for Make It and Love It can be found HERE.

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Hi there! Crystal here, from Stitched by Crystal!  Are you excited about springtime finally arriving like I am?  We don’t have much of a winter where I live, but I always really look forward to lovely spring weather and planting pretty spring flowers….and spring sewing!  I have a fun spring-y scrap busting project to share with you today, butterfly hair bows!  

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These little butterfly hair bows are a fun spin on fabric hair bows.  They are easy and quick to make and take very little fabric.  You can whip some up to match all your little ones spring dresses with just a couple fabric scraps!

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I like these little metal clips for my daughter’s hair bows, but you can add almost any clip to the back of the butterfly bows.  Or pop them on a hair tie or headband if you prefer!

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Of course, don’t feel limited to hair accessories either!  The fabric butterflies could be a fun addition to lots of projects!  Add a safety pin to the back and pin them on a dress or blouse, sew up a bunch and hang them on the wall in your little girl’s room, they could make a fun mobile hanging from strings over the nursery crib,  or maybe pop a few in a shadow box like they display real butterflies….get creative!

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Want to make some butterfly hair bows? Great! Let me show you how….

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To make these butterfly hair bows, you will need…

  • Scrap fabrics, roughly two 5” x 5” squares will be plenty
  • Iron on interfacing, I like Pellon Shapeflex for this project.
  • The butterfly pattern found HERE
  • Strong thread, like button thread
  • A hair clip of your preference
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks


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Start by printing your pattern and cutting it out.  Then use the pattern to cut one top wing piece and one bottom wing piece from your interfacing.


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Iron your interfacing to the wrong side of one of your fabric scraps.


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Place your fabric scraps right sides together and sew around the butterfly wings right around the outside of the interfacing.  Leave a small ½” opening at the bottom of the top wing piece and the top of the bottom wing piece.


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Cut out the wings, cutting about ⅛” away from your stitch line.  Leave a little more than ⅛” at the openings.


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Turn your wings right side out and press.  You can stitch the openings closed by hand or machine, or just leave them if you prefer, they will be hidden under the middle band of the bow.


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Cinch the middle of your top wing, folding it like an accordion.  Repeat with the bottom wing and place the two wings together.  I found it helpful to use my hair clip to keep them together while I was working.  Tie the wings together with a piece of your button thread. Set the wings aside.


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Cut a strip of fabric 3” x 2”.  Fold it in half lining up the long sides and sew along the long side to form a tube.  Trim the seam allowance to ¼”, open the seam and press it with the seam in the middle.  Sew along one of the short sides of the tube.  Turn the tube right side out.


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Grab your wings and your glue gun.  Starting with your tube between the bottom wings and the raw edge facing the front side, wrap your tube around the wings to check the length.  Depending on how tightly you tied the wings, you may need to trim a little off the tube.  It should wrap around about 1.5 times and end with the finished edge of the tub at the top of the backside of the butterfly.

Once you are happy with the length of your tube, glue the raw edge between the bottom wings with a small dot of hot glue.   Wrap the tube up the back of the butterfly, over the front and back around to the back side.  Glue the end down with another small dot of glue.  


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If you want to add a hair tie you can add it now and wrap the fabric tube around the hair tie as well.


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If you are using a clip, slide your clip in the back under the fabric tube or hot glue the butterfly in place on a clip or headband.  And your butterfly hair bow is done!

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Thanks for reading and happy spring!


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***ALL contributor posts by Crystal, can be found HERE.


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  1. Violet says:

    Hi! I love easy and fun sewing projects like this! I’ve got a round-up scheduled for today that links to your tutorial:

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love the Butterfly hair bow!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Please correct initial cutting instructions so that everyone understands to cut 2 of fabric & one of stabilizer, for each pattern piece.

  4. Alta says:

    I was able to copy the pattern and all of the pictures posted but was not able to copy and past the directions on how to put together. That seemed awful strange to me. Most people block their pictures but not the words on how to do the project. Wish I was able to do that. Will have to copy the directions by writing it down myself. Thanks for the cute pattern.

  5. Emma says:

    How gorgeous! My daughter now wants me to make one of these hair bows!

  6. Denice Fawser says:

    For the pattern, I simply rotated my phone to its horizontal position, enlarging the pattern pieces slightly and centering them on the screen. I placed a simple sheet of white paper over the phone, then, using a pencil, I lightly traced the pattern onto the paper. With minor adjustments for neatness, I cut out the shapes. I then traced the shapes onto a piece of manilla file folder and cut them out. Now I have the pattern pieces to make these charming butterflies…….Happy spring indeed!!

  7. Maggie says:

    Super cute! I’ve done your other bow tutorials and I loved how they turned out! Have to try this one!

  8. Pamela Frederick says:

    Love this tutorial but am having trouble printing the pattern to the correct size. I adjust the size but, when I go to print, it still prints the original size. Could you possibly provide a link to the pattern in the correct size so I could just click and print it without having to adjust? I’m not that tech savvy and it is very frustrating trying to figure out how to adjust the pattern size. As a last resort, I will try to enlarge the pattern by hand…not sure if I can get the correct dimensions. Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. Ayla says:

    Muchas gracias por el tutorial, son unas mariposas encantadores!!!! Aunque los lazos que enseñas como accesorio de pelo también son magnificos :D . Y la idea de usarlas ademas como decoración de la habitación me ha encantado :D

  10. Jenny says:

    Well, I solved my problem. I right clicked on the pattern and copied. Then I went to my Word program and pasted it so I could print it. I did have to enlarge it and run several test copies before the 1″ test square was the correct size, but it worked. Maybe this will work for others. Once again thank you for the pattern and excellent tutorial.

    1. Crystal says:

      I will try to get it fixed, sorry!

  11. Jenny says:

    Thank you so much for this delightful butterfly pattern.

    (Where do we click to get it to print. When I click on the name or the pattern, it just takes me back to the instruction page. )

  12. Lorena says:

    what an adorable tutorial and a fantastic way to use those cherished scraps of dreamy fabric! Thank you!

  13. Beth says:

    I would love to make some of theses for my granddaughters but I can’t download the pattern. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks for your generosity!

  14. VickiT says:

    Those bows are very cute. Thank you for taking the time to create this tutorial.
    Please help as I cannot locate the pattern for these anywhere. I’ve looked up and down the pattern download page and am not seeing them there.

    Thank you

    1. Crystal says:

      Sorry about that! You should see it there now!

  15. Jeanne says:

    Love the ideas but cannot find the pattern. Did find a lot of interesting free patterns but not butterfly one. ?

    1. Crystal says:

      It’s there now! Sorry about the confusion!

    2. VickiT says:

      Thank you. It is there, but when I click to enlarge to copy it, that pattern now takes me back to the tutorial.

    3. Grammie B says:

      I noticed the same thing, so I selected the pattern, copied it and pasted it into a Word document. I stretched it until the box measured 1″. Then I was able to print it in the correct size. I hope this helps you.

    4. judy says:

      Guess I don’t understand what you mean about stretching till box measured 1′. Really need help on this. Really want to make it . Tried with copied pattern and was so small could not turn. What is another interfacing that you can use with this? Thank you for any help.

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