Picture of Butterfly hair clips - origami with fabric
These butterfly hair clips are made out of rectangular pieces of fabric, folded into little butterflies. It's origami with fabric! This makes them quick and easy to make.

I got the idea from this website, with lots of pretty pictures of the end result and just a few of the origami process. From their pictures I sort of got how it's made, and then I added some stitches in the folding process to make life easier. In this instructable, I'll show you how to make them yourself.

To make these butterfly hair clips, you'll need
  • Fabric scraps in two colors. It's best to use some thin cotton fabric (non-stretch in any case!)
  • Thread
  • Hair clips
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Step 1: The rectangle

Picture of The rectangle
The first step is to make a rectangle out of the two fabrics. The butterfly can be any size you want. I made two sizes (see images in the introduction):
  • small: rectangles of 6 x 9 cm (that's 2.36 x 3.54 inch)
  • large: rectangles of 8 x 12 cm (that's 3.14 x 4.72 inch)
Cut two rectangles, one of each fabric, in the desired size.

Next, sew the two rectangles together:
  • Make sure the right sides of the fabric (the sides you'll want showing on the outside) are facing each other.
  • Stitch along three of the four edges.
  • Cut off the corners of the seams (see second image).
  • Turn inside out.
  • Fold the unfinished fourth edge in so no seams will show.
  • Stitch along all four edges to obtain a nicely finished rectangle (see third image).

Step 2: Fold and stitch (part 1)

Picture of Fold and stitch (part 1)
Take the rectangle from the previous step, and fold as follows:
  • Determine which fabric you'll want to show as the butterfly's wings (in my case this is the checkered fabric).
  • Fold the rectangle in half with the butterfly's wings' fabric on the outside.
  • Secure this with a couple of stitches from the middle of the fold down (see second image). Make sure not to stitch all the way down, because there you'll need the fabric to be able to move.
jenise20008 months ago
OMG i used to make these out of paper i forgot that they're so cute for hairclips though great idea :)
Miralys made it!9 months ago

Thanks for the nice tutorial!

kmartin319 months ago
Thank you so much. This was heaps of fun

That is so cute! I can't wait to get started. I know many little (?) girls that will love these. Thank you so much for sharing!

XofHope1 year ago

These are lovely! Thank you for sharing.

crazylam151 year ago
These look very cute

So cute! Favorited!