Sunday, April 24, 2011

'Bugz' Monarch Butterfly Costume

Hal Leonard Bugz (Bugz Classroom)As I said I'm currently in the process of making costumes for Trouble's school musical, 'Bugz'. Today I tackled making six monarch butterflies. All of the costume maker moms were given black t-shirts to create their bugs. The kids will also be wearing headbands with pipe cleaners for antenna.

The first thing I did was draw a butterfly wing on a piece of paper.

Then I cut out two black fabric wings with pinking sheers.

Here they are.

Next I turned a black t-shirt inside out. Then I cut a seam to just under the arm on the side of the shirt.

This is what is looks like.

Then I put a wing in the seam...
and sewed it up.

This is what the shirt will look like right side out.

I did the same thing to the other side of the shirt with the next wing. Oh, look it's my little helper. I just couldn't get a thing done without her!

I painted orange spots on the wings with fabric paint.

Here's Trouble very reluctantly modeling the butterfly costume. He was mortified and I ended up bribing him to put it on.
Thanks for taking one for the team Trouble!


I just had to make one of the butterfly costumes a little more boy for the little guy wearing it. Using some Wonder Under I made a tie out of some orange material and ironed it on. I didn't have to bribe Trouble to try it on so hopefully it's boyish enough now.


  1. Through experience I know that bribery works. :)
    Best wishes, Linda

  2. Ha ha ha! I love that he did it! What a great use of a t-shirt! (Funny thing, the word I had to type in was BUGerop)

  3. Great costume!! Love the way you attached the wings- very clever!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. I ate lunch with Trouble at school yesterday. I showed him this post on my iPhone. He did not let his classmates see him dressed as a butterfly!

  5. This is so cool! My girls would love something like this. What a fun idea!

    I would LOVE to have you stop by and share this at my For the Kids Link Party! Stop on by!

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