Sew a Softie (http://www.sewasoftie.com/) is an initiative developed by Australian Trixi Symonds (https://www.colouredbuttons.com/) that encourages children and youth to discover the joy of hand sewing. For each day of July there is a different tutorial posted for how to sew a softie, ranging in complexity by various sites all over the world. Trixi herself has taught hand sewing for over 20 years, is an author on the subject and has delightful, playful projects on her Instagram feed: https://www.instagram.com/colouredbuttons/?hl=en We were delighted to participate again this year with a butterfly that you can personalize with your own design! Materials Felt (We used two sheets for the body and scraps for the designs) Template butterfly Embroidery floss Stuffing/ Wool filler Chopstick or similar item Fabric scissors Fabric glue Tape Chopstick Directions Print the template or better yet- design your own! Cut it out. Form a tape donut and tape it to your felt to cut out two copies of the butterfly wings and one butterfly body. You can trace around it lightly with a pencil, fabric marker etc. if that makes it easier. Cut out shapes for the designs of the wings. We went with something simple, using two different sizes of lids to form circles to decorate the butterfly’s wings. Sew these shapes onto one of the copies of your butterfly wings. As you can see we went with a very basic running stitch, but our cousin went with a more complex blanket stitch in her project below! Lay the two copies of the butterfly wings on top of each other, assuring that they align and then sew around the edge, making sure that you have a slight border. Leave a gap so you can stuff your butterfly. Gently fill your butterfly. If you find that you are having a hard time getting the stuffing to the corners, we find using a chopstick to gently guide it further in does the trick! Sew up your gap. Glue your body on and give your butterfly to a friend to snuggle! Wouldn’t this be perfect for someone who is about to go through a new transition, such as moving to a new city? A butterfly symbolizes the beauty that can lie in change. Part of Sew a Softie is teaching someone else to sew one too! Here’s our cousin sewing her own butterfly. The beauty of working with other people is that my sister knows quite a bit more about sewing than I do, so really we learned so much from her in the process- like using the fabric pencil to create the easy line for the border. Here’s last year’s project: A personalized bag tag to look just like you! http://make-it-your-own.com/portrait-bag-tag/ See all of this year’s project’s here: http://www.inlinkz.com/new/view.php?id=788447 Purpose Creating with various materials. Developing one’s fine motor skills. Safety Notes Use scissors and a needle with care and direct, adult supervision. Cord, yarn, floss etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose. Small items can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths. Please like & share: 5 Responses trixi symonds July 9, 2018 Love your butterfly Bonnie and I thought the idea of giving it to someone who is going through a transition! And I love how can you learn so much when you teach someone else…even if they don’t know more about the subject! Thanks again to all your family for joining into Sew a Softie. Reply Bonnie Scorer July 25, 2018 Thank you Trixi! We were so happy to be a part of your project! Heart, the Scorers- Reply Lisa // Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting July 10, 2018 I love this butterfly so much! I love how the contrast stitching looks more like embroidery than visible stitching, and how the colors look together. It’s so perfect and I’d love to try this with my daughter! Lisa Reply Bonnie Scorer July 25, 2018 Thank you! It has been a year of butterflies for the kids- they have had several projects with them and who can resist the magic of their story!? Reply Leave a Reply to trixi symonds Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.