Thursday, July 18, 2013

butterfly jumper free tutorial (and pattern)

I probably should have mentioned that the tutorial would go up really late tonight!  Well, better late than never :)

Here's the link to the one and only pattern piece for the butterfly jumper.  And here is the picture with all the other rectangle pieces needed:

This pattern is sized to fit Mae who currently wears 18/24 months or 2T.  I still haven't gotten a picture of her in the jumper, but I will add one tomorrow.  The directions in this tutorial are quite basic.  If you need more explanation for any step, please leave a comment at the bottom of the post, or use the contact button at the top of the page to send me an email.  Also, remember to click on any of the pictures in this post if you need to see a larger image.

We took some pictures today which was a process filled with a whole lot more tears than I would have liked ... Mae's at the beginning because she didn't want to get dressed, and mine by the end because it is so HOT outside :)  Hopefully, these should give you a decent idea of the fit.


1. Place pocket pieces right sides together and sew around the edges leaving an opening on the bottom.  Clip the corners and turn pocket right side out. Press well. Optional: Stitch two lines of stitches across the top (about 1/8" and 1/2" from edge) of the pocket to add a little extra detail.

2. Pin pocket to main bodice piece, centering between edges. Stitch across bottom and two sides, being sure to backstitch at both ends so the pocket does not come loose later.

3. Pin main bodice to bodice lining right sides together. Stitch around top and side edges.

4. Clip corners and turn right side out.  Press well.  Optional: Stitch 1/8" from top and side edges of bodice (shown in picture)

5.  Pin straps right sides together. Stitch along two long edges and one short edge leaving the remaining short edge open to turn straps right side out.

6. Clip corners and turn straps right side out.  Press well. Optional: Stitch 1/8" from the edges for finished look.

7.  Add buttons and button holes.  Snaps would also work very well at this step.  I imagine Velcro would as well although I'm not generally a fan :)

8. Center the bodice and sandwich between the two front waistband pieces which are right sides together.  Pin well and stitch along pinned edge.

9.  This step is hard to describe, so please refer to the picture :) Make two marks along the back waistband pieces.  Each mark should be 4" from the center of the waistband.  Sandwich the unfinished edges of the straps between the waistband pieces and line up along the outside of the marks.  The right strap in this picture is correct, but the left is not :)  Hey, we all make mistakes right?!  Stitch along pinned edge

10. Fold waistband edges down and press well.  Although it isn't pictured, you should do this for the front waistband also.

11.  Pin front waistband to back waistband right sides together lining up seams.  Stitch together and press seams open.

12.  Stitch all the way around the top edge of the waistband about 1/8" from the edge.

13.  Pin skirt pieces right sides together and stitch.  The edge needs to be finished so it does not fray when washed.  I used my serger, but pinking shears or a zigzag/overcast stitch would work as well.

14. Turn right sides out and press seam allowances toward the back.  Fold the bottom of the skirt under 1" and then 1" again, press well and hem.

15. Gather the front of the skirt using the gathering method of your choice. I turn the tension of the sewing machine up as high as it will go and sew two lines about 1/4" and 3/4" from the edge.  This gives me approximately a 2:1 gather on my machine.

16.  Pin the waistband to the skirt, right sides together, making sure to match the side seams.  Although the picture shows the entire skirt pinned, it is only necessary to pin the back of the skirt for now.

17.  Sorry, but there is a little math in this step, but I promise it's simple :)  First, measure your child's waist.  Then cut a piece of 3/4" elastic to your child's waist measurement - 8" (see, simple math!)  Insert elastic into the back waistband attaching at the side seams.  Make sure to sew 1/2" away from the end of the elastic so it does not unravel later.  Just for reference (or if you don't have a child handy to measure), I cut the elastic for Mae's jumper to 10" because she has an 18" waist.  Although I believe Mae is a little skinny and the average waist for this size clothing is closer to 20", but please don't quote me on that :)

18.  Now pin the front waistband to the front of the skirt adjusting the gathers to make everything fit.  After the entire skirt is attached, the entire edge should be finished to avoid fraying.  I did not take a picture of this step, but I just serged around the entire top of the skirt.  If anyone needs a picture, just let me know in the comments below :)

Congratulations!  You're finished!  By the way, I'm pretty sure this tutorial actually took longer to write than it did to make the outfit :)  Also, ignore my lack of ironing.  I hate to iron so I'm not sure why I keep buying linen!

Main fabric - Cream linen from Joann's
Accent Fabric - Bella Butterfly by Michael Miller from
Buttons - from Joann's

If you are interested in a similar (and FREE) pattern in multiple sizes, I encourage you to head over to Mouse House Creations and see the cutenesss Hayley has to offer :)  And once you're there, stay and take a look around at some of her other great projects.  Just be sure to come back once you're done ;)


  1. Hello,
    Im not sure if its just me but the link to the pattern is not working :(
    Could you repost the link?
    Thanks :)

    1. It works fine for me but here's the link again just in case:

  2. Hi Teri, thanks for replying so fast. I tried the link at home and it worked fine. I think it must have been my work computer blocking the google docs website!
    Thanks again, Amelia

  3. Hi Teri,
    Amelia again.... Would you mind just giving me the measurement for the top and the bottom of the bodice and I'll just cut it out that way. I'm not sure what scale I should be printing out the pattern at.
    Sorry... Very new at this!
    Thanks, Amelia

    1. It's best if you download the pattern from Google Docs and open it in Adobe Acrobat viewer. Then you need to print with no scaling or actual size. But to save you time, the top of the pattern is 6" across, the bottom is 8" and the height is 8" also. Let me know if you need anything else :)

  4. Hello; thank you so very much for the tutorial; it is very pritty !

  5. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your post and decided to try it out for myself. You can see how my projects turned out here