Butterfly Applique Kid's T-Shirt

Your little one will be dressed to impress in this bright, summery T-shirt with an oversized appliqued butterfly.


What You Need

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  • Green and turquoise print
  • Lime green dot
  • Light brown print
  • Blue-green print
  • Turquoise print
  • Dark brown dot
  • Bright green print fabric scraps
  • Perle cotton: black
  • Lightweight or heavyweight fusible web
  • Fabric stabilizer
  • Machine-embroidery thread to match the appliques
  • T-shirts

Download the Pattern

Cut Your Fabrics

  • From green-and-turquoise print, cut: 1 of Butterfly Pattern A
  • From lime green dot, cut: 1 each of Butterfly Patterns B and B reversed
  • From light brown print, cut: 1 each of Butterfly Patterns C, C reversed, E, and E reversed
  • From blue-green print, cut: 1 each of Butterfly Pattern D, D reversed, F, and F reversed
  • From turquoise print, cut: 2 of Butterfly Pattern G
  • From dark brown dot, cut: 2 of Butterfly Pattern G
  • From bright green print, cut: 2 of Butterfly Pattern H

Preparing the Applique

Lay fusible web, paper side up, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace each pattern the number of times indicated in specific shirt instructions, leaving at least 1/2 inch between tracings.

To prepare appliques with regular edges, cut out each fusible-web shape roughly 1/4 inch outside traced lines. Following manufacturer¿s instructions, press fusible-web shapes onto backs of assorted fabric scraps as indicated in specific shirt instructions. Let cool, then cut out fabric shapes on drawn lines; peel off paper backings to make appliques.

To prepare appliques with raggy edges, cut out each fusible-web shape 1/4 inch inside the traced lines. Following manufacturer's instructions, press fusible-web shapes onto backs of assorted fabric scraps as indicated in specific shirt instructions, leaving at least 1/2 inch between fusible-web shapes. Let cool, then cut out fabric shapes about 1/4 inch beyond the edges of the fusible-web shapes; peel off paper backings to make appliques.

How to Make It

  • Arrange all pieces on bottom edge of light blue T-shirt with part of wings wrapping around to the T-shirt back. Fuse in place following manufacturer's directions; let cool.
  • If using lightweight fusible web, stitch around edges of each piece with a narrow zigzag or blanket stitch.
  • Use black perle cotton and a chain stitch to hand-stitch the antennae.
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