I was going to use this idea to make a top for myself but I figured it would be so much cuter for my little niece.
Here are the materials I used:
A couple of weeks ago we melted the edges of fabric with my Obi Belt tutorial. This week we're going to fray the fabric so it's a good idea to use a natural fibre, like cotton. Because you're using a natural fibre you will want to make sure to pre-wash the fabric. If you use a contrasting colour from your top make sure to add something to the water for colourfastness. I added about a tablespoon of salt. This way when the top is washed the white should stay white and the pink should stay pink.
1) I'm not one of you lucky ducks who own a cricket or other cutting machine but if you have one, this step will go lickety split. I created a paper butterfly pattern the old fashioned way, by tracing out a butterfly shape from a cookie cutter.
4) Now comes the only time consuming part of this project....take each butterfly and sew approximately 1/4" from the outside edge. This will stop the fabric from completely fraying into nothing but little rags on your top.
5) Pin all of your butterflies back onto your top.