Layered Lace Butterfly
Let these lovely freestanding lace
butterflies bring natural beauty to your decor! Double-layered
wings make these designs unique, adding interest and texture.
Let them land on pillows and more, or set them free in a window to
To craft your freestanding lace butterfly you will
Note: the double layered lace butterfly is hand sewn
together in this tutorial, but it can also be glued together if desired.
Begin by stitching the three pieces of freestanding
lace onto heavy duty water-soluble stabilizer using 40 wt. rayon and 30
wt. cotton thread -- see the design's
color change sheet
for details. (Here's
more on stitching freestanding lace.)
Once you're done stitching, rinse and dry each piece
completely. For a sturdier butterfly you can also starch the lace pieces
flat before assembling.
When assembling the layered butterfly, match up
the top of the wing's connecting stitches to the neck on the body.
Doing this with both pairs of wings will help to keep them lined up
with each other.
Take the smaller pair of wings (piece B) and the
body (piece C), and layer them with the body on top and the right sides
of both lace pieces facing upwards. Line them up until the body sits
right between the two wings, and the top of the connecting stitches
lands at the neck. Match up the edges on either side of the body (it is
okay if the body slightly overlaps the wings), and use a hand sewing
needle to sew the edges together.
Then repeat to match up the bigger pair of wings
underneath the smaller pair, making sure the right sides of all the
lace pieces are facing the same way. Using a hand sewing needle,
stitch through all three layers to attach the bigger set of wings to
Once finished sewing, fold up the smaller wings, and
crease them along where they meet their body to enhance the layered 3D
Stitch as many butterflies as you like, and let them