Monday, January 10, 2011

Tutorial ~ How to make a charm square butterfly

As requested,  here is a quick tutorial on how to make a wonky butterfly block using charm squares.  These are quick and fun to make,  and have been inspired by the quilt being made here

You will need, 1 charm square cut in half,  a centre strip measuring  5½" x  " and four rectangles measuring 2" x 3¾" from your background fabric.

 To create the first wing, take one of your charm square pieces and place a background rectangle on top,  right sides together, as shown in the pic.  Repeat with second rectangle,  to create a V shape.  Make sure that your background fabric extends past the charm square.  You can vary the angle of your background fabric to adjust the sharpness or wonkiness of your butterflies wing.  I'm going for a fairly gently angle with a bit of wonkiness.  Repeat to create the second wing

Sew with a quarter inch seam along the outside edge of the background fabric.  Trim of the excess wing fabric using your rotary cutter and ruler.

Press your seams towards the darker fabric

Using a ruler and rotary cutter, trim the background fabric so it is level with the top and bottom of the charm square.

Trim the block so it measures 5½"  wide


Repeat the above steps with the second wing.  Sew the centre strip between each wing piece.


Press the seams towards the centre.


Trim your finished block to 5" square.  Finished!  A great way to use up charm squares and a few scraps.

5 comments:

clare's craftroom said...

You've made it all so clear even I can follow that , thanks so much !

Whosies said...

i love these butterflies---used them for a signature quilt block swap!

Farmyard Crafts said...

It looks great, Rach! Love it!

ferne said...

I guess I wasn't the only one who figured this out! Love your directions!

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial & such cute blocks! Thanks for posting!

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