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Free Butterfly Applique Pattern

Lovely Butterfly - a free applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

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When I was designing the Wild Flowers quilt pattern, I thought about adding a few bugs to the garden.

Nothing creepy. A ladybug, a bee and a butterfly. Maybe a grasshopper and a worm.

In the end I decided to just make it a wild riot of colorful flowers – bug free.

But I kept thinking about the bugs. The zinnias in my garden and the butterfly bushes in my yard are in full bloom right now and they are covered with swarms of beautiful butterflies.

I realized that I could release a free butterfly pattern, scaled to match the blocks in the Wild Flowers quilt. That way you can substitute one (or more) butterfly blocks for any of the square blocks in the quilt.


Of course, you don’t have to make a quilt. You could use this solo block pattern in a pillow, a tote bag, a tablet cover, a wall hanging or more. You could applique it on a finished T-shirt or on a tea towel.

You could also go totally quilt crazy and make a bunch of butterfly blocks in different colors and join them into one joyous, colorful quilt!

Have fun with it!

Want to see a mock up of the butterfly mixed in with the flowers?

Lovely Butterfly - a free applique pattern mixed into a Wild Flowers quilt

See it? I tweaked the color a bit in photo editing to make it stand out more, but you’d let it blend in real life. 🙂

This is easy peasy applique. All of the instructions use my favorite applique with fusible adhesive technique (with links to video tutorials, of course) but you could also use needle turn or freezer paper applique. The pattern has links to videos teaching them all.

Download the free pattern here.

So that’s your pattern. What about the materials?

Here’s what you need. . .

  • 1 10 1/2 inch square of background fabric
  • scraps of fabric for the butterfly
  • fusible adhesive (optional – I use this printable product – no tracing!)

So there you are! Grab your pattern and some pretty fabric and build some butterflies!

Happy quilting!

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Applique Wendi (with fabulous hat)


  1. VickiT SAYS...

    Love the butterfly.
    Help, I am seeing “WHOA THERE!” yet I got here via the link in my newsletter. I’ve been a subscriber for a very long time now, but in attempting to log in I get an error saying each attempt I’m not correct. I tried the forgot password link and there it’s telling me I am not a subscriber.

    Can you help? I don’t know what else to try since I’ve done all I can think of and I am a subscriber already.

    Thank you.

    • You signed up for the newsletter long before I created the members-only section of the site – that’s why you’re getting the whoa there message. Just click on the sign-up link so you can get a username and password and you’ll be good to go.

  2. dean hillis SAYS...

    why can’t I just print the pattern and instructions?

    • I’m not sure I understand the question. Once you download the file you can either read it off the screen or print it – whichever works best for you.

  3. Judy Francis SAYS...

    Thank you for the butterfly pattern. It’s so cute.

  4. Joyce Marie Stevens SAYS...

    Love the Butterfly – it will go great with the guilt I am making – Thanks!

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