I love projects where I don’t have to buy any additional supplies. Heaven knows that I spend WAY TOO MUCH when I venture into a craft store (does anyone REALLY ever walk out with just what they came in for???). Dreaming up a project and realizing that I already have every single thing that I need to complete it makes me really, really happy. I’m always on the lookout for fabric scrap projects because I have an overabundance of fabric in my craft room. I used to have an Etsy store where I sold appliqued shirts for kids and I have hundreds of yards of fabric on my bookshelf and stored away in bins. I also have 2 bins stuffed full of fabric scraps. I could probably sew for the rest of my life and not get through all the fabric I own… yet I keep on buying it… as every good fabric addict does. ;)
The other day I was perusing Facebook when I came across this adorable Fabric Scrap Butterfly project from Think Crafts. My mind quickly filled with all the adorable uses for the butterflies… A butterfly broach for my jean jacket, a hair barrette for Bean, an adorable embellishment on a birthday present, a wall decoration for Bean’s hot air balloon wall, a butterfly wreath for the front door.
I decided on the last project and quickly got to work. Last February I shared with you a yarn wrapped wreath that can be repurposed for all seasons. I made the wreath for Valentine’s Day and purposefully used a neutral yarn for wrapping the foam wreath so that I would be able to repurpose the wreath throughout the year. I grabbed the wreath from our wreath wall in the garage (yes we have a wreath wall… it really is the best way to store them!) and dove headfirst into my fabric scrap bin and picked out some of my favorite fabric scraps.
I made 7 butterflies for my wreath and went with Think Craft’s 4 1/2 inches by 6 inches option, which gives this butterfly a wingspan of approximately 4 inches but they also give instructions for a 3 inch by 4 inch fabric scrap butterfly that has a wingspan of 2 inches.
Read on to find out how to make a fabric scrap butterflies wreath of your own!
Fabric Scrap Butterfly Wreath
- 1 Styrofoam Wreath Form (I love these ones from FloraCraft. You can chose the size that you like. I used a 10 inch form)
- Yarn to Wrap Your Wreath Form In (I suggest picking a neutral color that you can use over and over again as a backdrop for your wreath design. I also suggest picking a bulky yarn so that it takes less yarn to wrap your wreath. I picked Bernat Mega Bulky in Light Grey Heather and used 1/2 the skein to wrap the wreath.)
- Glass Head Pins/ Sewing Pins (I like these ones because of all the fun colors they come in!)
- 14, 4 1/2 inch by 6 inch fabric scraps
- Complimentary colored thread
- Complimentary colored ribbon for hanging wreath
- Sewing Machine
- Something to use for the butterfly antenna (Create for Less used these Darice Stamen, but I wanted to use all materials I had at home so I used baker’s twine instead.)
- Wrap your wreath form in yarn following our instructions here.
- Sew 7 butterflies following Think Craft’s instructions (modifications I made were sewing baker’s twine in the fabric rectangles for the antenna of the butterflies and I also pinched the finished butterflies closed and added a couple of stitches so the butterflies wings were slightly uplifted instead of laying flat.)
- Pin your butterflies to the foam wreath. I love that pins are used in this project so that you can re-arrange the butterflies easily and repurpose the wreath when the season changes.
- Hang the wreath on your door using a piece of ribbon.
- Enjoy and wait for the compliments to start pouring in! I’m always getting compliments from neighbors, delivery drivers and visitors saying how much they love our front door decorations!
Tell me… do you decorate your front door? What is your favorite wreath to hang on your door?