Lesson No. 8  - Part 1
                                                                         3D Butterfly and Flowers
                                                                 (for embellishing a bird house/cage)
                                                               by Ellen Mason  - JOY Designs 3/2004

NOTE: This lesson involves learning to stitch out layers of items, put them together to make a butterfly or
flowers.    These can be used for embellishing sweaters, pillows, etc.


1/4 yard Organza (or bridal illusion if you can’t purchase organza locally) - different colors your choice.  Also, you may
want to use white organza with different colored threads.
Embroidery threads - colors your choice in different shades.   Also, black or brown
Water soluble stabilizers
Basic sewing supplies
Machine with embroidery attachments and accessories
Small sharp scissors
Purchased bird house or bird cage (it may be necessary to paint the bird house/cage)
Purchased silk ivy and a feathered bird
Hot glue gun and glue
Download designs and save to floppy or card to insert into your machine.   You have the option of using a large hoop or the 4  
hoop.   In the large hoop, you can stitch two butterflies/flowers in one hooping.


METHOD: Butterflies and Flowers

1. Set up machine for embroidery.
2. Thread machine with the first color for your butterfly.  For instance, for a pink butterfly, the large piece should be the darkest
shade, the middle size a lighter shade and the top piece the lightest shade of pink.   You might want to experiment using
different colors for your butterfly.
3. Hoop on layer of Badge Master or use 2 - 3 layers of Solvy.   Then place one layer of organza - then top with one layer of
Solvy.  (I use both types of water soluble stabilizer)
4. Select butterfly design.
5. Stitch out and make 5 butterflies or however many you want on your bird house/cage.
6. Upon completion, trim each item and place in a water.
7. Remove from water – blot dry.   Turn up edges to curl.
8. After items are dry — place one set of wings (one large, medium and small) one on  top of the other and tac stitch.
9. Change thread to black or brown.
10. Remove embroidery attachment.
11. Select a decorator stitch similar to an elongated oval for the butterfly body.
12. Stitch over the wings to complete the design.


1. Use the same method as for butterflies.
2. Stitch out a set of flowers — small, medium and large.
3. Trim and place together.
4. Sew a tac stitch in the center using the center thread color.

Next month, we will complete stitching enough butterflies and flowers to complete the cage/house.   We’ll put everything
together using a hot glue gun.


Ellen Mason - JOY Designs