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Free Butterfly Applique Pattern

“Adding Some Beauty to Quilts!

This free butterfly applique pattern is a perfect addition to you quilting arsenal!

It adds a little touch of nature to quilt tops.

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For now sit back and relax while we walk you through our relaxing, yet entertaining, technique of using applique to make any quilt extra special. 

This example is done with our new Heart Wings pattern. 

Our methods work of other applique patterns too.  Feel free to incorporate this technique with any applique task.

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This free butterfly applique pattern is very simple, yet incorporates an applique layering technique in a light easy method. 

As you get more comfortable with the process, being able to get more intricate with your quilting will become second nature.

The How To Make

In order to start working with this free butterfly applique pattern, save the pattern to your computer. You can do this by here and getting the pattern for free in PDF format:

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The size is already set for a 8x8 inches block, but it can be adjusted if needed with your computer’s own editing software.

When the size is to your liking, print the image out with your printer.

Now that the pattern is physically in your hands we have to trace it onto the paper side of your favorite fusible.

We prefer Heat n Bond brand because it is cheap, easy, and way less messy. 

Lite hold is used for projects that will be washable and stitched down.  Ultra hold for wall hangs and framed quilts.

Once the design is traced then cut out the design around the lines.  This is to ensure that we will be trimming the fabric on the line AFTER the applique quilting pattern is adhered on.

Be sure not to cut upon the line at this time.  That will happen later.

Make sure the pieces are paper side up sticky side down when ironing.

Now that the shape is cut out it’s time to press them onto the back of the appropriate fabric. 

Start with the antenna.  Then the wings and body.

Do this with a medium hot iron.  Press the pieces onto the backs of the desired fabric.  Count to 3 as you press down.

When the fusible is glued to the back of the correct fabrics, cut along the lines of the design.

Most of the time you will be cutting only a thin layer of fabric along the edges.  This is alright.   The trimming will prevent your fabric from fraying and avoiding the whiskered effect that you don’t want. 

After doing the last trimming to your design piece we need to find out where on the fabric you want the design to be.  

Be sure to peel off the paper. ;)

Once you have that established, press the piece into place with the medium hot iron again and count to 5.  

Let the fabric cool after each time you press.  We don't want anyone to get burned! ;)

Then you may stitch down your applique with a tight zigzag or satin stitch if so desired.  

It’s ok if you are leaving the design as a raw edge, not stitching it down, if it is just going to be framed or a wall hang quilt.

Now you have completed your applique.


The following is some troubleshooting tips that you might find useful.

Do you have frayed pieces?  Does it look like whiskers?

Trim them with tiny thread scissors this time.  Next time, cut exactly on the lines after you pressed the adhesive onto the back of the fabric.

Do you have shiny stuff on your background around the edges of your applique?

Here’s an easy way to get rid of that cruddy sticky stuff.

Take a clean piece of paper (copier paper will do) and place it over the spot.  Use the edge of your iron on the exact spot by rubbing it back and forth over the paper.  Re-adjust the paper and repeat as necessary.  The adhesive will bond with the paper and be removed.

Is your needle gumming up as you are stitching the applique into place?

For now use rubbing alcohol to remove the tacky glue from the needle each time you stitch.  Make sure the needle isn’t moving when you do this.

Next time remember to use only lite hold Heat n Bond for projects that require stitching on adhesive.

Wrap Up

This free butterfly applique pattern is fun, simple, and delightful.

It is an excellent way to show beginners that you can use this advanced technique. 

It also adds a little extra special touch to other designs. 

Enjoy unlimited uses of this glorious butterfly design among your future quilt tops!

Please post any pictures of your finished works or works in progress in the quilting forum.

We'd love to see your creations!

Until next time.

Happy quilting,

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