Felt Butterfly Wings

Well, this idea of mine to make butterfly wings out of felt is proving to be quite a project. The appliques are time intensive, the switching of thread colors time consuming, the process of trial and error exasperating. But I am liking the results!

They need more structure. I used fusible fleece thinking that would give them enough support, but its not stiff enough.

So I’m going to get some heavy weight fusible webbing and make another set. I’m also going to do something with the arm elastics. I’m thinking some kind of band, instead, that would also help support the wing.

They’re gorgeous, just a little floppy! I’m trying to avoid having to make a wire frame. I’ll also make a headband with antennae. You’d think a little boy wouldn’t be interested in being a butterfly, but my son couldn’t wait to try these on and is looking forward to his own pair!

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2 thoughts on “Felt Butterfly Wings

  1. Could you use elastic bands that crossed to the opposite wing edge to keep a small amount of tension on the outside of the wing? This should create the effect of fluttering with shoulder movement as well.

    • i’ll do a tutorial on how to make them. i think the answer is tabbed arm bands vs. the elastic, as well as the heavy weight fusible interfacing. i’m thrilled for the suggestion, tho! thanks!

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