28 Nov 2012

Net Butterflies

I was busy getting netting for a tutu for my niece and didn't think about the weight/scratch factor properly so I ended up with some white and purple that I couldn't use. Inspiration hit and I am re-purposing the netting into little butterflies for the kids upcoming birthday party. Now I have grand ideas of making butterfly nets to 'catch' them in.

Finished Butterfly

First cut them into strips. These are approx 2.3" x 5"

Then round the corners with no precision at all

Lay on top of each other and concertina the middle - hold tight!

Wrap some cotton around the middle and knot it tight (may need some spare hands at this stage).

Grab the top piece in one hand and the bottom piece in the other hand and pull them away from each other firmly. The back pieces form the top wings and the front piece the bottom wings. If you pull hard enough they will stay like that.

Wrap a piece of pipe cleaner around the middle and twist. Curl the ends for antennae

Mod sailor dress

What did I do for inspiration before Pinterest?! I saw this cute dress and realised that I actually had that material in my box. I just HAD to make it! The instructions are very easy to follow. I made it a bit bigger as per the suggestion in the tutorial but then had to go back and shorten the shoulder straps and take it in at the sides under the arms - neither of which was really a big deal. Oh, and I only had 4 buttons, but I don't think that matters. Someone actually asked me where I bought it which is always a lovely compliment :)

Definitely worth making. Chloe loves it and it is nice and light now that we are actually heading into warmer weather.

Chloe wasn't really in the mood for standing still