Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Up, Up And Away! A Birdie Tutorial

I volunteered myself to make wings for six little birdies in a Christmas play. It was a pretty easy template, and requires basic sewing skills, so here goes the tutorial. I modified it from a cape I did for the girls five years ago. Has it been FIVE years already?

What you need: 
- 1 metre of fabric
- 1 metre of lining fabric
- 2 sets of press buttons
- 2 ribbons measuring about 30cm each. These will be used to tie the wings to the wrists.

This is the pattern. For the width, I measured the length from the top of the shoulder to the wrist, and multiplied it by two. For the length, measure from the top of the neck to where you want the cape/wing to end. Once you have drawn the pattern, cut it out and fold it like the picture below. Cut along the perforated lines.
1. Fold fabric in half and trace the pattern onto it.
Folded out, it should look like this picture below.
2. Cut a lining fabric the same way.
3. Put the fabrics wrong sides together, and sew all around the edges with a 5mm seam allowance, leaving a gap of about 5cm. Turn the whole thing inside out through this 5cm opening. Fold the unfinished edge and sew it close with a slipstitch.

4. Press the wings with an iron so the edges lie flat and tidy.

5. Sew the two sets of press buttons at the top, like the picture below.
6. Sew the ribbons onto the two edges of the wing, on the lining side, like below.
The wing/cape is done!

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