Last year I took part in the Hillary's craft competition, it was a lot of fun getting involved so I was eager to take part in this years, there were four fabrics to choose from, I opted for the Safi Turquoise fabric, a botanical, leafy lush fabric.
The fabric appealed to me because of the colour, natural side to it and I found the fabric to be quite relaxing. I wanted to make something that would reflect that. I had a few ideas such as a tea light holder, to a lamp shade but opted to make a butterfly hanging decoration after being inspired by a paper butterfly hanging at my local shopping centre.
The butterfly mobile is really simple to make but is time consuming. You will need: fabric, felt pieces, scissors, thread, a bamboo stick, glue, crystals etc. to decorate.
Firstly I made two butterfly templates, then I cut out twenty small butterflies and five larger butterflies, how many you make is entirely up to you. Afterwards I did the same on felt in the shades of green and blues, I used felt as a backing for the fabric to make it more solid.
I then selected some thread, crystals beads etc. and laid the thread out and positioned the butterflies to get an idea of where I would like them.
I then threaded on some crystals, glues the butterflies to the thread and decorated the fabric with seed beads etc.
I'm really happy with the end results, let me know what you think!