May 5, 2010

"Butterfly Collection" Pillow Tutorial

This is a little idea that's been in the back of my mind, and I think "Celebrating MOM" is the perfect excuse to bring it out!


It's so easy to make, you'll feel guilty about giving it as a Mother's Day present!
Although, cutting out the butterflies will probably take you a good 40 minutes, but that's nothing a cup of tea and a Jane Austen DVD can't solve, right?


1. Starting with a pillow form (or an old, plain throw pillow), cut enough felt to fit around the pillow with about 4-5" of overlap on top, and no more than 1/2" overlap on the sides:

2. With the fabric still wrapped around the pillow, put a pin in each corner to mark a centered working space:

3. Print out this little template:
And cut out 16 felt butterflies in whichever colors your little heart desires.

4. Take the pillow cover off, and pin the butterflies on, within your marked space.

5. Then stitch around the butterfly bodies, like so:

6. With the pillow cover inside out, wrap it around your pillow and pin the top overlap, as pictured, then slip the pillow out, and sew both sides closed.

Turn it right-side-out, and use the slit in the back to put your pillow form back in! All done!
And have fun adding a little whimsy to your sofa!

The felt makes it nice and snuggly, too!
Check your craft store for pillow forms, or do like I do, and scout the thrift stores! (Just be sure to give them a wash....'cause you just never know)

And I'm glad so many of you are entering the Dear Lillie giveaway! Isn't that dress the best? And I promise, none of those entries are my husband ;o)


Be sure to enter Blue Eyed Freckle's ADORABLE headband giveaway at Made, as well!

57 comments:

  1. Alright, Ms. Disney. You've done it again -- made a fantastic tutorial that bumped its way to the top of my favorite tutorial list... and you have so many lovely ones that are "favorites!" Thank you for (once again) sharing a fabulous tute with us! :)

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  2. So cute! Well done! I love butterflies. :)

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  3. I LOVE this...I'm adding it to my "if I ever have another baby and it's a girl she's getting a butterfly nursery" file!

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  4. oh MY MY MY.
    Disney, this is so pretty.
    I absolutely love it.
    Beautiful!
    My favorite is the one yellow butterfly

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  5. Oh, this is so nice!!! I suppose, this would be a great present for my MOM on Mother Day. Thanks a lot for idea!
    Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones.

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  6. Awesome pillow idea! I thought they were so pretty on the scarf you made as well. Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

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  7. Ok. I'm in love. That is so pretty. I love that little yellow butterfly. You've done it again - but you're amazing so no surprise there. :)

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  8. I love this project!!! Figuring out how exactly to put together the pillow overlap part would be the hard part for me. Measuring/cutting has never been my strong suit. :s

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  9. OK, I love the tutorial, but I especially love seeing pictures of your beautiful daughter happily sporting your creativity!

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  10. oooh the possibilities are endless here! :)

    Love!

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  11. Just lovely! So, how many of those do you think I could crank out with the 6 hour Colin Firth Pride & Prejudice I just ordered? :)
    -A

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  12. What a clever idea! I can hardly wait to make this. In fact, I'm heading home early this afternoon - perhaps I'll stop at the thrift store (for a pillow) and Hastings (for Jane Auten). ;)

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  13. Crafterhours: That version is the BEST!!! I pretty much have every line memorized. I seriously think it's better than the book.

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  14. oh so pretty! i love this more than i can even tell you. i can make myself one first right? as my own gift?

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  15. OMG I love this. My daughter is obssessed with butterflys right now. I may have to attempt this.

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  16. Ha ha, I see I'm not the only one who turns to Jane Austen in times of tedium!! :) For a 40 minute project, I'd go with something slightly trashier like Toddlers & Tiaras...

    This is so pretty! You are a genius, as always!

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  17. I am loving felt lately. Thanks!

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  18. I'm definitely going to make one for my daughter's room, its already themed with butterflies!

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  19. *gasp*! My friend's daughter is getting one for her first birthday. Precious and perfect. Thank-you!

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  20. So pretty and cute! As always:).

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  21. Adorable!!! I love those little butterflies you made! Great idea!

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  22. So creative! I'll be sure to include this in my week in review on Saturday!

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  23. Awe! It is a darling butterflies pillow. :) Thanks for sharing another amazing stuff! :)

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  24. Wow! This is sooo pretty! I'm usually not a butterfly person, but I love this one! You never cease to amaze me Disney!

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  25. love this! what a terrific idea... :)

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  26. This is such a great idea! I've seen lots of fun tutes on making fabric or paper butterfly collections that are framed. I love the idea of translating that into a throw pillow. Love your subtle color combo as well. Lovely.

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  27. Beautiful pillow! FYI...you can use felt in a die cut machine if you have access to a die cutter. I am a teacher and my school has a butterfly die cut that looks almost exactly like the one you used. This is a super fast way to get those butterflies (or other images) cut out!

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  28. Disney just wanted to let you know that I decided to make my mom some throw pillows for her couch. She got it awhile ago and has not found any pillows to accessorize with. So this will be a great gift I think. But instead of making 2 butterfly pillows with 16 little butterflies each. I've decided to make one with 6 butterflies representing her children and then one with 8 caterpillars representing her grandchildren. Then in her card I think I will write something along the lines of "you once had 6 caterpillars of your own but you gave us the wings to fly, we only hope to lead by your wonderful example."

    As always thank you for the inspiration.

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  29. This is adorable! I'd like to share a link on sewwhattoday.blogspot.com on May 6!

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  30. It's a great idea!!!! I'm thinking about Xtmas ( I know it's a long way yet) I'm going to customize some pillows with christmas templates...

    Kisses
    ☺☺☺

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  31. i love it! :)

    aluzza.81@libero.it

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  32. 1. Beautiful
    2. Creative
    3. Original

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  33. I love it, thanks for sharing. I'm doing a give-away so head over to my blog and comment to win!

    www.mrs-adventure.com

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  34. So cute girl! I am so glad I found your great blog! New follower for sure!!! Have a most fabulous day!!!

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  35. omg you are toooo great I love this so much~~

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  36. You come up with the most fun projects! I love what you posted this week and this pillow is so perfect for spring! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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  37. Fabulous!!! I am just annoyed I didn't think of it first! :-))

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  38. First time caller, long time listener...
    That little fluorescent yellow butterfly in the corner impelled me to comment. I LOVE this blog!
    Thank you for all of the inspiration - what a pleasure.

    <3

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  39. Totally love this pillow--very whimsical:)

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  40. Oh - How I heart your pillow. Thanks for sharing such a cute tutorial!

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  41. oh ... my ... that is the sweetest hing ever. I showed my daughter and she's like "ooh! we could make that for my 'baby sister'" (her baby sister is actually the nickname for her 1.5 yo cousin). That is so precious, I am going to go scavenge in the bag of scraps to see what kind of palette I can come up with.

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  42. Why, oh why, do I have no cute felt right now? I love this project SO much. Going to order felt NOW and make one Saturday. Thank you for the inpsiration!

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  43. LOVE LOVE LOVE your stuff!!! Beautiful yet so easy! Very happy that I stumbled on your blog! I think I could be rather busy over the next few weeks... x

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  44. What a great tutorial! This is beautiful, thank you for sharing.

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  45. I love this pillow! I will be featuring it on crazydomestic.com on Tuesday, Aug 24th. Thanks for sharing!

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  46. Hi there! I love this idea...it's so darling...and I was hoping that you might add it to my Easter and Spring Linking Party to share with my readers. If you are interested, you can go here http://bakedbyjoanna.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-linking-party.html to enter. Thanks!

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  47. this pillow is great i cant wait to try it out thankyou for the tips.

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  48. Just wanted to let you know that I featured these throw pillows today at my DIY Throw Pillow round up.
    http://thecraftedsparrow.blogspot.com/2012/04/15-great-ideas-for-diy-throw-pillows.html#more

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  49. What a beautiful pillow. I wish I had a little girl to make it for. You have amazing photos as well. Love this blog. You should definitely consider entering your pillow into Craftbaby's DIY Throw Pillow contest http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/9/diy-throw-pillows-sweeps xo, Liz

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  50. I absolutely adore this pillow Disney. It just may need to make a bee-line to the top of my sewing to-do list.

    I featured it as one of today's top patterns! Thank you so much for sharing it with SewSet.

    Hope you are having a great day!

    - Jess, SewSet.com

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  51. This is so cute!! I've just finished making my own one - http://beinginspired-blog.blogspot.ie/2012/10/butterfly-cushion-tutorial.html. Thanks so much for the idea! :)

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  52. I LOVE this!! I'm going to tweak it just a bit and put the butterflies on the flap of a messenger bag! Thank you so much for the idea!!

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  53. what a beautiful pillow.
    I featured it here:
    http://sewprettysewfree.blogspot.com/2013/03/sewing-tutorials-for-patchwork-pillows.html

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  54. Best tutorial ! love you beautiful butterfly pillow craft ! too cute !!

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