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Butterfly Snack Mat from Samelia’s Mum

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Today’s National Sewing Month post is brought to you by Anorina from Samelia’s Mum!

Butterfly Snack Mat

Measures 12” square
Pattern by Anorina Morris of www.sameliasmum.com




*Butterfly Pattern sheet available here: http://bit.ly/1uNirFT

*This is a Google doc; you will need to create or log into your gmail account in order to access this.


Print the butterfly pattern (from the link provided) and trace the small butterfly 12 times on to the paper side of the vliesofix.


    1. Roughly cut the butterflies and press them with the glue side down, to the back of the various scrap fabrics.
    2. Cut out the butterflies on the traced pencil line.
    3. Remove the paper backing and arrange the butterflies on the top of the linen square. I decided on a circular layout but random placement would work well also.Anorina-NSM-3
    4. Press the butterfly shapes with a hot, dry iron.
    5. Lower the feed dogs on your sewing machine and using the quilting or applique presser foot, applique around the butterfly shape. Stitch close to the edge of the fabric without going over on to the linen.
    6. View the YouTube video I created to show my process in this butterfly applique process: http://bit.ly/ZkZHE5



  1. Cut the binding fabric into 2 strips measuring 1 ¾” x WOF.
  2. Join the binding strips together end to end with 45-degree seams, then trim the seams and press them open.
  3. ** Starting about halfway along one side of the snack mat and leaving a tail for joining, sew the binding to the right side, mitering the corners as you go. Stop approximately 6” from the starting point, join the ends neatly with a 45-degree seam, trim the surplus and finish sewing the binding to the mat.
  4. ** I use between a 3/8” to ½” seam when sewing the binding as I like the look of the wider binding.

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