A few months ago I stitched a bunch of stuffed owls made from old sweaters. They were made very primitively. The stitches were mostly uneven (on purpose). I liked them, but I figured it would take someone that could appreciate that look to love them. Seems I found several people who appreciated that look. I sold all my owls at a recent craft sale. One customer even asked if I would make a butterfly.
Okay. This is the butterfly I made and the basic tutorial for making your own.
I started out by making the pattern. I folded a standard sheet of card stock in half and sketched half of a butterfly. I cut out the shape through both layers. Once unfolded, the whole shape of the butterfly was revealed. I wanted the butterfly bigger, so I laid the shape on a scrap of wallpaper and traced it an inch larger. I decided the smaller shape would be a nice layer to the top. I made additional patterns for the wing patches and the spots.
I cut two pieces from a sweater for the largest butterfly shape. This is the pillow portion of the butterfly. I whip stitched around the edges using embroidery floss, stuffing it before closing.
I cut the smaller butterfly shape from a contrasting sweater and layered it on top of the pillow. The shape was whip stitched to the pillow.
The patches were then layered on.
Next came the spots.
And finally the buttons.
I decided to add a trim around the middle for dimension.