This is a simple Christmas craft that is fun to do on your own or with a group of craft enthusiasts. A great decoration for around the house or a unique Christmas gift for a special friend.
Here is what you will need – fabric (natural homespun or calico), Christmas fabrics, stuffing, buttons, assorted ribbon, wool, batting, blush and a fine art line. Most of this you can purchase at Spotlight or Lincraft.
Double the fabric by folding the natural homespun or calico in half and ironing flat. Draw around angel body template with erasable fabric pen
Pin to hold 2 layers together
Sew carefully along line with sewing machine. Leave bottom edge open
Carefully cut along sewn edge leaving about a 1/2cm seam allowance
Turn angel body right side out.
Gently stuff body with fibre fill until it is quite firm. I have a stuffing tool which is quite handy but you can use a blunt, thin object to help (large knitting needles, end of large paint brush etc)
Fill body to the desired firmness.
Stitch along bottom edge with a running stitch
When you have stitched all the way around pull thread gently to gather bottom edge together. Close opening and secure gathers with a few stitches.
Cut 2 pieces of your chosen Christmas fabric – a large piece 35cm x 9 cm and a smaller piece 25cm x 6cm.
With the larger piece, evenly stitch a running stitch along one long edge from one end to the other, leaving a tail of thread at each end.
Gently pull the threads at each end to gather the fabric to form skirt.
Place on angel body and tie the two ends together so that skirt is firmly held around doll. See photos for placement. If skirt is not holding in place securely just dab a bit of glue at back to hold in place
Using the wing template as a guide cut out 2 pieces of contrast Christmas fabric leaving plenty of room around template. Use a piece of this fabric to cut out a piece of batting the same size.
Trace around the wing template onto the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces with an erasable fabric pen
Place the fabric with wings pattern onto the other piece of fabric right sides together. Then place 2 layers on top of batting
Pin and sew carefully along line with sewing machine. No need to leave an opening.
Cut out leaving a 1/2cm seam allowance around sewing line.
Pinch and rub double layer of fabric to separate layers and cut a small hole in top layer only, in the middle area of the wings. Gently snip up the middle of the wings. See photos below
Turn wings right side out through the hole using a blunt, thin object to help with pushing out edges.
Iron edges and seams flat
Top stitch along edge all the way around the wings
Now to make arms. Fold smaller piece of Christmas fabric in half, wrong sided together and iron. Stitch along long edge and also stitch one short edge. Leave one side open.
Use a thin object like a large knitting needle to turn right side out. Check out this YouTube video for a technique for turning very narrow tubes right sides out.
Tie a knot about half way along the strip
Cut a thin piece of ribbon about 25-30cm long
Fold in half and tie a knot at the end
It is now time to start gluing the pieces together.
With glue gun attach looped ribbon to back of angel. Position at top of skirt, attaching the ribbon at the knot.
Now attach the arms so that they are positioned on top of skirt and knot is at centre front. Glue in position at top of skirt back, using glue gun. See photo below.
Your angel should look something like this
Now attach the wings but running glue along the opening and placing in position on the back of the angel in central position
To make the hair, wind wool around your fingers about 4-5 times. Cut.
Cut another piece of wool about 10cm long
Tie this extra piece around the middle of looped wool. Trim excess
Glue to top of angel body with glue gun
Tie a bow with thicker ribbon. Trim
Glue to front top of skirt and add a button.
Draw the face onto the angel body with a fine art line. See pattern sheet for some ideas
Apply blush to cheeks with cotton bud
Your Angel is now complete. Have fun