Monday, September 1, 2014

A Fluttery September

 Butterflies in September
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I know that I am not the only person who can't believe that it is our summer has just flown by!  Even though the nights are getting cooler, I still see many butterflies flitting about and floating around in my backyard. They really love  my Rose of Sharon blossoms.

Rose of Sharon blossoms    to see more,  click here
Wouldn't it be fun to have butterflies in our homes... all year round?
Well, we  can!   Thanks to the creative blogger and pattern designer , Michelle,  of Michelle Patterns.  She shows how to make beautiful and delicate fabric origami butterflies  on her blog.
 { The actual folding directions ( with great pictures)  are found at Origami Instructions.} 

The moment I saw her gorgeous fabric butterflies, I knew I wanted to try making one.  
I followed Michelle's directions, and practiced on paper first.  It was easy with the pictures on the Origami Instructions page. ( Make sure you are starting from a rectangle shape, as  in Michelle directions.)

These are my first butterflies-

Fabric origami butterfly  and paper origami butterfly

They are so delicate and fun !   I did not flatten mine...

I decided to gather up some old scraps of fabric to make another butterfly...

This butterfly looked like it wanted to land on something....

So I made up  a little linen mini basket for it to alight upon...
A mini linen basket for the butterfly 

And then I thought the green batik butterfly might like to sit on a book mark, for my quilting and sewing books...

I made up a 12 inch  x 1 1/2 inch  bookmark

Now I  you know you will want to see more delightful and creative butterfly ideas simply "flit"  on over to               The Patchsmith blog ,  and Amy Made That! blogs.  
They are adding their  own creative and unique touches to this delightful little origami fabric butterfly.

This is a little beauty was made by The Patchsmith

 And if you make any butterflies of your own,  you can put them in our Across The Pond Sew Along Flickr Group  HERE.  We love seeing what you make!

I'm off to my sewing room!

PS   If anyone is interested , I will be making up a tutorial for this  little mini basket.  It's very handy around my sewing machine and cutting area.

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you-                                                                                   Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  1. How lovely - a bookmark and a purse adornment. I love the different sizes - this is a really versatile choice for September Susie. Thank you for choosing it.

  2. What a wonderful choice Susie! Love your ideas and will look forward to the basket tutorial!

  3. Yes, please!!! We want a mini basket tutorial! It's a sweet spot for the butterflies to land on!

  4. Very clever and well done Susie! I especially love the wild woodland look of the butterfly that found a home on your great little basket!

  5. pretty butterflies!!! They sure do brighten your space and has found the perfect home on your fabric bin!!

  6. Very pretty and great job with making them, Susie! Love the bookmark!!


  7. That bookmark is adorable! SO pretty...I bet they get addictive to make!

  8. These are cute. I hope to join you in with this month's theme.


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