Jacquelynne Steves

Butterfly Tea Towel Pattern


The weather here has been soooo cold- last week we had a couple of days where it never got over 18 F (that’s -8 C!!!) We had about 4″ of snow, which I really don’t mind because it’s pretty, but I can do without the arctic temperatures! Alfie hates going out on days like this- I can’t say I blame him. He’s not really fond of wearing his coat either, but it can’t be helped- Chihuahua’s don’t do well in sub-zero temperatures. He’s such a sweetie-pie, though, giving kisses whenever he gets the chance…


I know we still have a couple of months until Spring really starts, but I think this is a cheerful little project for looking forward to some nice sunny days. It’s a really quick project that you can put together in an hour- spend an afternoon making a pile and put them away for quick little handmade gifts. You could also make some matching napkins or table runner. (This project originally appeared in my free newsletter. Click here to sign up so you don’t miss a thing-  AND get a free gift.)



  • Purchased cotton towel
  • Fabric scraps
  • Fusible webbing
  • Rick rack, ribbon, or trim
  • Thread for machine applique
  • Black or navy embroidery floss
  • Very fine permanent marker
  • Needle & thread, scissors

Cut rick rack or trim 1” longer than width of towel. Pin to towel, about 1” from bottom edge. Sew in place using matching thread. Trace butterfly wing and body pattern 5 times each onto paper side of fusible webbing. Cut out, leaving about 1/8” border around each shape.

Place wings on WRONG side of fabrics and iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. Arrange butterfly wings on towel RIGHT side up. Iron in place according to manufacturer’s instructions. Use matching thread to machine applique wings. Iron the bodies in place, on top of the wings. Machine applique. Use marker to draw antennae. Hand embroider using a back stitch and 2 strands of floss. Make a French knot at end of each antennae.

Click here for a PDF of the pattern.



  • Linda Gillian
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    This is a good project to do on these cold blustery days. Spring will surely come . . . . .surely it will. . ..

    Thank you for the pattern.

    Posted April 21, 2015 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I love Butterflies Thank you for the pattern.

  • Deborah Stevens
    Posted April 23, 2015 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Thankyou for the Butterfly pattern. I can see me making some early Christmas presents.

  • Anonymous
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 3:42 pm | Permalink


  • Rosalee Sifford
    Posted April 2, 2016 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    This is great, thank you!!

  • Bobbie Z.
    Posted April 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Jacquelynne for all the freebies and I’m so looking forward to the 2016 Block of the Month program. I had such a great time last year and hope to be able to have time to complete the whole project this year. I’ve so appreciated you giving me the opportunity to vote for you in the March Madness rounds. I feel like it is a small way to give back to you. I just love all your projects and your explanations are so helpful to me. Thank you and God Bless the work of your hands.

  • susan margeson
    Posted April 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your kindness for all the gifts you give so openly.

  • Marilyn Larkin
    Posted April 22, 2016 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    Oh wow, I was looking for something to decorate some napkins for my elderly mother in law. This design is just perfect, just one butterfly per napkin. She will love them.And: they will not take too long, so I will have time to make them very pretty.
    Thank-you, Enjoy your mother’s day with your family.

  • Little Quiltsong
    Posted April 22, 2016 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Thank You for this beautiful butterfly pattern. The butterflies are just the right size to add to other little projects too. Hopefully winter will loose its grip soon ;)!

  • Dorothy Schreyer
    Posted April 23, 2016 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I too love anything with butterflies. Our doggies have the same sweet face, mine, is more tan, but he too hates his coat, but in Colorado there are days he has to wear it.

  • Betty Tompsett
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your tea towel idea and pattern,hugs from Betty in Port MACQUARIE Australia

  • Terri
    Posted May 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I just stumbled across your site and found this! I love it so much.I just started sewing and this will really help me out. I appreciate your gift and Bless you for sharing such great talent.

  • gail
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Truly enjoy the visuals, as well as the information. Thank you.

  • Posted April 26, 2017 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    I am a, little confused my the comments. Are the dates correct?

  • jodie
    Posted April 26, 2017 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Love this, was looking for something quick and easy for Mothers Day! Perfect gift.

  • Betty
    Posted March 28, 2018 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Lovely pattern – will get at this soon. Thank you for the great idea!

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