Friday, October 15, 2010

Fairy Wings! (Tiny bit of hand stitching)

No girl should be without a set of fairy wings. In fact I have a hard time not wearing them! Wings are very simple to make, and inexpensive. So go ahead...make a set for you and your daughter.

You Will Need:

  • 3 Pair Knee-Highs in the color of your choice (get them in those gumball-machine-type plastic eggs and they're only $.33-$.50!)

  • Wire- I happened to have a reel of 17 gauge wire in my garage, you may want heavier wire to hold a more rounded shape (coat hangers might work, too).

  • Needle and Matching Thread

  • Wire Cutters, and Pliers

1.)  To figure the length of wire you need, just shape it in your hands and cut a few inches longer. Twist the ends. Do this twice for the top wings, and twice for the bottom wings.

2.) Taking one top wing and one bottom wing, twist the ends together. Repeat for the second set.

3.) Twist the two sections together. To avoid being stuck by the poke-y ends, I use the pliers to curl them inward snail-shell style.

4.) Pop open the Knee-High eggs, and slip one stocking over each wing section.

5.) Cover the ends in the middle with something to pad it. I used quilt batting, but you can use anything that works...that sock that was orphaned in the dryer would be great!


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6.) Sew the ends of the nylons together on both sides, with a little hand-stitching, being sure to sew them to the padding.

7.) Now for the straps: Taking the third set of knee-highs, attach one to either set of wings by sewing the toe and edge sections between the wing-nylons.


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8.) All that's left is to shape your wings and put them on!

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