Felt Crafts

Midnight Moth, Deep Etch Die Tutorial


Midnight Moth Deep Etch Die Tutorial

We are delighted to introduce our newest die set: Midnight Moth. Midnight Moth was designed by Erin Paisley and can be made into an ornament, wearable art or even an enchanting doll costume. Even though this is ranked as an intermediate project, Erin's thorough explanations make this approachable for an ambitious beginner. And if you think this moth is fabulous, be sure to meet her sister: Flora Moth.

Shop Supplies

Additional Supplies:

Pattern Placement Guide  (click to download)
Resealable Plastic Bags
Coordinating Sequins and Beads - optional
Needle, for beads - optional
Glue Stick - optional


1.  The Midnight Moth deep etch die comes with many pieces and it is helpful to lay them out according to wing layers. Beginning with the Front Wing, use the die shapes shown below. Cut two from the same color felt for the pieces marked.

Cutting felt for front wing

Tip: Make the most of your felt by cutting smaller pieces from scraps. You can also cut two pieces at a time by layering two pieces of felt under the die.

Making use of felt scraps for small pieces

2. Once Front Wing pieces are cut, place them in a resealable plastic bag marked "Front" to keep them organized.

3. Cut Back Wing using the die shapes shown below. Cut the amounts indicated from the same color felt.

Cutting felt pieces for back wing

4. Place Back Wing pieces in resealable plastic bag marked "Back."

5. Working with felt pieces from Front Wing, layer the Base and Layer 1 as shown below. The tips of each "feather" should touch the bottom of Base. Use two strands of coordinating floss to whip stitch across top. This stitching will not be visible when finished.

Adding layer 1 to wing base

Tip: A glue stick works well to hold felt in place while securing with stitches. The needle glides through easily, even when glue is dry.

6. Add Layers 2-4 in same way. The top part of each subsequent layer should match in width to the section of wing base it is placed on (as demonstrated by arrows.)

Adding layers to felt base

7. Situate the top layer, or Collar, to overlap Layer 4 and slightly extend past top of Base. Yellow markings illustrate stitch placement on Collar.

Placing and stitching final felt layer on front wing

8. Draw guides for decorative stitches with a disappearing ink pen. Use two strands of metallic floss to stitch straight stitches and french knots as shown.

Adding metallic decorative stitches

9. Add largest dot to wing. Secure with stitches halfway to center, as center will be covered by other dots.

Stitching large dot onto wing

10. Use glue stick to attach next two dots. Secure both by adding decorative stitches to smallest dot.

Adding wing dots and decorative stitches

11. Add three french knots (or beads) below smallest dot.

Adding bead or knot details to wings

12. Stitch straight stitches between each scallop of Layer 2. Add sequins and beads to each scallop, if desired.

Adding stitches between layer scallops

13. Finally, add straight stitches and french knots (or sequins) to "feathers" of Layer 1. Remove any visible pen markings with hairdryer.

Adding stitching details to final wing layer

14. Repeat steps 8-13 for the other side of Front Wing.

Mirroring stitched details on front of wing

15. When embroidery is complete, flip Front Wing over and attach matching Wing Base to cover stitching. Secure with clips.

Clip wing backs to decorated front wing

16. Stitch Wing Bases together with two strands of coordinating floss and a whip stitch. Lift upper layers to avoid stitching through anything other than base layers. Set completed Front Wing aside.

Stitching around top wing perimeter

17. Let's begin work on the Back Wing. Place one Back Wing Base on Placement Guide. The Wing Outline should slightly extend past the innermost side and bottom of Base.

Using Placement Guide to position Back Wing and Outline

18. Use tacky glue to secure Wing Outline.

Adding glue to wing back

19. Repeat step 17 with second Back Wing base. Hold two pieces back to back (before glue dries) to ensure they fit together properly. Adjust if necessary.

Comparing wings outline postition

20. Repeat steps 17-19 for remaining Back Wing bases. The front and backs (with extended Wing Outlines) should look as shown:

Back wing outlines

21. Set aside two mirrored Back Wings. Take remaining two mirrored Back Wings and glue on Dots and Flower as shown below.

Adding flowers to back wings

22. Use two strands of contrasting floss to secure with decorative stitches. Use a disappearing ink pen to draw guidelines, if desired.

Adding stitching detail to wing flowers

23. Secure Wing Outlines with french knots (inside each scallop) and straight stitches (between each scallop.) Stop straight stitches short of ouside edge - do not wrap thread completely around.

Adding stitching detail to wing outline

24. Add finishing stitches to all four Wing Outlines to create four finished Back Wings. 

Detail of four completed back wings

25. Place two Back Wing pieces (one with flower, one without) together, right sides out. Use clips to hold in place and whip stitch together along Wing Outline with coordinating floss. 

Stitching around perimeter of back wing

26. At end of Outline, knot and cut floss. Switch to new coordinating color and complete whip stitch around perimeter of Back Wing.

Continued stitching around wing perimeter

27. Repeat steps 25-26 for remaining Back Wing pieces.

28. Place Front Wing front side down. Position Back Wing on top with front side up. Clip in place. Flip over and check positioning from the front. Adjust if necessary.

Preparing front and back wings for stitching

29. When satisfied with placement, make a few stitches at top of Back Wings, only stitching through back layer of Top Wings. These stitches will be covered in the next step.

Tacking back wings to front

30. Add Collar to Back Wings in alignment with front Collar. Using coordinating floss, whip stitch along bottom half (only going through Back Wings) and then along top half, catching Collar in front.

Stitching collar to back wings

31. If you'd like to make the Midnight Moth wings into a proper bug ornament, use the Flora Moth Body die (LINK) or Moth Body templates from the Placement Guide above. Add decorative stitching or felt shapes to Body before stitching and stuffing.

Decorating moth bodies

32. There are three ways to add eyes to the rounded end of the Body - beads (1), paint (2) or satin stitch (3).

Adding eyes to moth bodies

33. Attach Body to Wings with a few stitches through the Body and Collar.

There are so many fun ways to use these moth wings! Without the added body, they can be fairy wings, hair clips or appliques. As a completed set, make them into a brooch or ornament.

Finished Midnight Moths

You can also mix and match pieces with the Flora Moth Deep Etch Die! We can't wait to see what you create!

Finished Midnight and Flora Moth examples