All the caterpillars inching their way along the leaves in my garden put me in mind of the butterflies into which they will soon transform; and so I thought it might be nice to re-post this tutorial from March 2014.
Small scraps of felt in at least three colors
Embroidery floss and a needle
The butterflies are attached to the smaller felt circles by the stitches which form their bodies. To embroider the bodies, I made one long stitch down the center of each butterfly, and then, on either side of the long stitches, I made stitches which were half the length (see photo above).
The heads are large French knots, and the antennae are stitched using a single strand separated from a piece of 6-strand embroidery floss.
After the heads & bodies were embroidered, I used an applique stitch to sew the smaller circles to the larger circles.
The final step is to carefully sew a safety pin to the back of the brooch; or if you are thinking ahead, you could sew the pin to the larger felt circle before you sew together the larger and smaller circles.
And that's it... you're done!