Butterfly Halloween Costume to Make

Butterfly CostumeMaterial (8-10 yr.) – Verybest Crepe,

  • 2 folds No. 144 Amber,
  • 1 fold No. 189 Brown;
  • 1 pkg. Dennison Gummed Crepe Paper;
  • 1 yd. yellow tarlatan
  • 1 yd. 1″ yellow ribbon;
  • 2 yds. 1/2″ brown ribbon;
  • 1 sheet gold paper;
  • wrapping paper;
  • 1 pc. No. 10 Flower Wire;
  • paste.

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A plain ruffled dress may be made without a muslin slip foundation. Make plain skirt of amber crepe paper, using 1 1/2yds. for fullness. Add four 4″ wide ruffles*, the upper one about 3″ below waistline. Finish with a narrow band of crepe paper*.

Sew a tight-fitting bodice* of 2 thicknesses to the skirt. Add yellow ribbon shoulder straps. Fasten with snap fasteners.

Make a foundation of brown crepe paper for the butterfly’s body like a slip-over* shaped like Fig. H. The grain should go up and down, so it must be pieced*. Cover with crushed crepe paper*. Turn surplus over and paste to back of foundation. Sew ribbons at waistline to tie in place*.

Make wings of tarlatan with pattern, Fig. J. Fold a 2″ wide strip of brown crepe paper like bias tape to 1/2″ and stitch over outside edges of wings.


Cut spots from Gummed Crepe, Figs. K and L. Stick back to back on wings. Gather wings and sew to back of body in correct position so that wings may be tied to the arms with narrow ribbon.

Cover 1″ wide; 23″ long strip firm wrapping paper on both sides with gold paper. Fasten in correct head size. Wrap a 22″ piece of wire with a very narrow strip of gold paper*.  Bend in half and sew to front of band. Bend ends into position illustrated.

* detailed instructions for these processes can be found on pages 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 of

45 Easy to Make Costumes and Accessories of Crepe Paper

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