DIY Colorful Butterfly Costume

October 12, 2020By Jane ClaussApparel, Costume, DIY, Holiday, Projects, ScanNCut, Sewing, Tutorial, Video 1 Comment Opinion by Paid Consultant

Halloween is here and whether your child wants to be scary or sweet, it’s time to make that DIY Halloween costume!  This is a simple butterfly costume that can be made for any age. You can even make one for everyone in the family and go as a kaleidoscope of butterflies – the perfect DIY family costume!


You’ll need:

  • Your Brother sewing machine
  • Your Brother ScanNCut
  • A black long sleeve sweatshirt or t-shirt
  • 1 yard black fabric
  • 1 yard orange fabric
  • 1/2 yard white fabric
  • Pattern paper
  • Fabric marking pens
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Straight pins

Making the wings:

1. Draw a butterfly wing pattern on a piece of pattern paper. Start by measuring the arm length of the back of a sweatshirt – sketch one side of the wings.

Cut fabric

2. Using the bottom of the sweatshirt for guidance. Fold the pattern paper in half cut out the full wing pattern.

3. Lay it on top of the sweater shirt to get an idea of size.

4. Fold the right sides of the black fabric together and half of the wings pattern cut out your wings. Cut 2 for the costume.

Creating the wing detail:

1. Use your ScanNCut to create multiple sizes of circles then cut them out of white fabric.

Cut Circles

2. Draw a teardrop shape in several sizes on a piece of paper and scan the pattern into your ScanNCut

Teardrop Cutouts

3. Cut the teardrops out of orange fabric on your ScanNCut.

4. Use the same amount and size of teardrops on each wing for symmetry.

Butterfly shapes

5. Lay the circles and tear drops on the black wings. Pin and sew them in place. Do the same with the second set of wings.

Wings pinnedFabric Pinned DownSew Down FabricSew all shapes downClose Up Appiques

6. Lay the finished appliqued wings with the right sides together and sew around the edges. Turn them right side out and top stitch.

Front and back wingsSew wings together

To attach the wings to the sweatshirt:

1. Cut the sides and bottom of the sleeve along the seam-line

Cut sweatshirt

2. Lay the sweatshirt open with the arms outstretched

Lay sweatshirt on table

3. Place the finished wings onto the right side back of the sweatshirt and pin in place. Also pin the wings to the top of the sweatshirt sleeves

Pin wings on sweatshirt

4. Sew the wings to the top of the sleeves and to the back of the sweatshirt.

Sew wings to sweatshirt

5. With the right sides of the sweatshirt facing each other, sew the side seams and sleeves. Be sure the wings are stuffed inside.

Put wings inside sweatshirt

6. Turn it right side out.

Turn the shirt right side out

Pair this cozy and colorful DIY costume with black leggings, comfy shoes and an antenna headband.

Costume and headband

Final Costume

Happy Halloween!

 

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