She did enjoy herself running around Kings Park with friends this afternoon while wearing her wings. Almost angelic.
How To:I traced a paper template from a friend's set of angel wings. You could make any shape though really.
Use this template to cut 2 (one reversed) wing shapes out of some stiffish felt (or thin wadding or interfacing). This will provide a bit of shape for the wings. The fabric I used for the wings was a big offcut of dusty pink upholstery fabric (the white below is the water resistant 'wrong side' of this fabric). Double over the wing fabric, right sides together. Pin so the fabric doesn't shift and then place each piece of felt onto the fabric. Mark the outline of the wing about 3-5mm bigger than the felt itself and then cut out.
Assemble a 'wing sandwich' for each wing: fabric-felt-fabric. The fabric should be facing right side out as you can see below. Pin all the way around to hold the 3 layers together.
Then stitch all the way around the outside of the wing to hold all 3 layers together (with the felt hidden inside). I have a blanket type stitch on my machine that I used to finish the edges at the same time.
Add some straight line stitching for a bit more stiffness and definition.
Add elastic for attaching to the body. I used about 24" of elastic. Take each end of the elastic and bring into the centre and stitch to hold (so you end up with 2 loops as seen below).
I should have attached the elastic to the back of one of the wings at this point so that the rectangle stitching you can see on the wings I made was hidden. But I didn't - so the pictures show what I did do.
|2 wings pinned together|
|stitch oval shape around centre of wings to hold them together|
|add elastic (should do this before stitching wings together ideally)|
|back of wings|
|front of wings (with the rectangle stitching visible unfortunately)|