My angel wings compulsion continues, and angel wings images loom in my imagination with increased fervor. Since Christmas time just passed by with its abundant angel symbolism, I decided to create my second DIY blog: DIY fabric angel wings.
Such a tidy excuse. As if I needed one.
This time they are on a much smaller scale (see my angel wing wall hanging here) and are made of iridescent fabric, white felt, Pellon® 808 iron-on backing, ribbon, and hot glue. If you can, a bit of sewing can be added, which gives an attractive outline, although the hot glue gun or a spray-on adhesive also work.
The first step is to iron on the backing to your fabric. It’s easy to find iridescent fabric; I found two types and bought more than I needed. The backing not only makes the fabric stiffer, but keeps the lightweight fabric from fraying.
Once the fabric adheres to the Pellon (follow the Pellon directions), you can cut out the angel wing shapes. Try using these designs, or create or find your own. Because I used a black sharpie, I drew on the Pellon iron-backing side where the ink didn’t run. You can cut out multiples of angel wings this way.
Don’t forget to either flip over your individual wing, or create a matching set, when cutting them out!
Because my wings were single wings, I had to figure out a way to connect them. I did this easily enough with the felt back. By placing the wings on the felt as a matched pair, you can trace around them and cut out a solid felt back.
The most difficult part was the sewing. I used a metallic silver thread. I began where the wings connect, because that’s where the ribbon will be attached and hide what’s beneath. This attaches the felt to your iridescent/Pellon front, making the wings much sturdier. Just sew all the way around, carefully sewing up into the wing for several stitches, creating a “feather” effect.
You can avoid all sewing by simply using fabric glue, a spray-on adhesive, or a hot glue gun to adhere the felt back to the iridescent/Pellon fabric. For embellishments, try gluing on added rhinestones, or highlight by gluing on sparkles. (For this, it’s best to use Elmer’s Blue Gel glue because it dries clear.)
Adding ribbon to hang your ornament is the final touch. You can get fancy and glue even more ribbon onto the back. I tore off long stretches of a satin-like fabric for a vintage feel.
Because I am angel-wing obsessed and couldn’t stop, I made angel wing picture magnets.
For gifts, I wanted to attach the angel wings to candles. So I fixed a circle of elastic to the back of the wings by hot-gluing on snaps. This way, the elastic can be easily removed from the angel wings for hanging later.
Angel wing gifts are perfect year round for christenings, baptisms, weddings, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, in memory of a loved one, and just because! Have fun making your own unique angel wings creations.
Feel free to leave me a comment below if you have any questions.