- 6 inches of 1/4" white elastic
- 12" coordinating ribbon
- feather template (click here to download)
2. Lay a long sleeve shirt that your child currently wears on the fabric. Measure from the end of the sleeve to the folded center of the shirt. Mine was 18.5" (my daughter wears a size 4T).
3. Mark your measurement on your fabric. Next take a piece of string (non-stretchy) and tie one end to a pencil. (Yeah, I said non-stretchy and you are looking at brown yarn...stretchy right? Right. I learned the hard way not to use it).
4. Tack down the other end of the string. Stretch the pencil end until it reaches your marked point.
5. Use the pencil to mark a arch on your fabric by keeping your string taught.
6. Cut along your penciled arch.
7. Cut out the fathers template.
8. Lay your fabric out in the order you want to sew it in rows. I tried to arrange it in contrasting colors, making sure to have areas of light fabrics contrasting with dark fabrics.
9. Cut out enough templates of your first color to cover the bottom hem of both wings. Don't worry about the unfinished edges. If they fray...more feather-like! Pin where wings join. Sew with white thread.
10. Continue adding rows, trying to overlap the feather scallops slightly. Pin and sew.
11. Continue until you get within 4-5 inches of the top point.
12. Take a piece of your red fabric and line up the right angle. Sew on and trim along the curve. Then sew a final row of red scalloped feathers on top of your top red piece.
13. Now, we're going to add the neck sash. Lay your wings together at the inner edges, feather side down. Fold over your ribbon to add additional stability to the neck and pin in place. Sew down to edges of folds.
14. Take your child and place the wings on them, bring the edges of the ribbon around their neck and marking where the ribbon meets. Add 1 inch to each edge of the ribbon length. Then turn back extra inch and sew (or use adhesive backed) velcro onto ribbon's wrong side.
15. Add velcro to other ribbon edge onto ribbon's right side.
16. Next add the thumb loops by cutting 3 inches of 1/4" elastic and folding it in half.
17. Lift the feathers from the 2nd to bottom row of your wings and pin the loops onto the wrong side, making sure to only sew over the bottom row of feathers. This will make the stitches used to sew on the elastic loops invisible.
Now fly, baby, fly!
And when you're done, curl up for a birdie nap.
HUGE THANKS to Ari from Llevo el Invierno for coming up with this genius idea and allowing me to share a thorough tutorial here on my blog.