This post has to deal with 3 different sets of similar wings, and then I’ll show you other ideas. First, the store-bough fairy wings from when I was in college. Yes, I bought dress up clothes even then. What can you do? The problem is, they wouldn’t fit my baby. The arm loops were too big. So, this is my quick adjustment for that. I sewed the loop so that it was smaller.
Now, there’s 2 different sized loops for if older or younger daughter wants to wear them. And the wings will actually stay by their shoulders instead of down by their butt. Next, is the wings that were inspired by the store-bough wings. I bought some pantyhose and hangers
The observant ones may remember that pantyhose from here.
and bent the wire into shape, and used electrical tape to tape the ends together. (I might have done this while watching the second season of Downton Abbey. I’ll never tell)
Word to the wise, do as I say not as I do, and make sure the tape is down at the points, not on the top edges like me. For me, I dealt with it.
Then I put one loop inside the pantyhose,
and make sure the toe seam is on the edge of the hanger.
Then, you can put the bottom part of the same wing inside the loop, inside edge first, and have both inside the 1 leg.
See? I want the overlap, and I actually moved it to be how I wanted the wing to be shaped.
Pull it nice and tight, making sure it looks how you want it to.
Pin along the open edge, and then sew as close as you can to the hanger. I used a zipper foot. Once you cut it, it’ll squish up against the wire anyway.
Really quick, I’ll show you the 3rd of the wings I’m working on. I made the loops and then bought 2 packs of knee highs from Wal-Mart.
And put a loop in each knee high.
Pinned the tops, and sew
Then cut off the top.
Cut as close as you can without cutting your stitching. It should blend in pretty well. Okay, now they’re pretty much the same from now on.
Now, sew the 2 loops together that you’ve overlapped to be one wing. Again, as close as you can without breaking your needle on unforgiving hanger wire.
And, I decided to embellish this one with black felt circles. So I cut out 2 (1 on each side),
and sewed them on the wings, top and bottom, at the same time.
That way, they’re on both sides, and it’s more stable, and more pretty.
It’s a lot of maneuvering trying to get those wires to work with you machine. Not gonna lie.
A lot of going backwards too. and leaving the needle in and rotating.
Then, you measure between the shoulder blades, and around the shoulders themselves. Cut a stable something for the wings to go onto. Like leather.
And then sew on your elastic (enough to go comfortably around the arms at the shoulder) to the back side of your stabilizer.
Overlapping the elastic for stability, and making sure everything is sewn down really well.
Then, I hand sew it onto my wings.
And that’s it! Embellish with glitter, paint, feathers, spots, lines, designs, whatever!
Here’s my ladybug wings finished, (I may do some black glitter around the spots to make them pop more. In fact I think I will) and then up close:
Here’s the store bough ones to give you some fun ideas to finish them.
You could hot glue things on to decorate, like the ribbon and feathers, just test it on a scrap. I don’t know if hot glue will melt tights or not. Haven’t tried yet.
Now, for other ideas in case you don’t want to do tights and hanger wings:
These are really cool wings. A bunch of multi-colored feathers that go on your actual arm? It’s basically cardboard with Velcro to go around the arm, and then everything is glued on. You could do that same idea if you wanted to make them like mine, and do angel or multi-colored wings. A piece of cardboard cut to shape, and then glue on your feathers. Awesome. It’s over here at Martha Stewart Crafts.
Here’s another take on the wings. You can make them multicolored, or do an ombre or rainbow pattern. So fun! Just a piece of fabric and then scalloped pieces of fabric sewn on. Over here at Natasha Jane’s blog. If you want more detailed instructions with pictures, go here to Plucky Momo.
Lots of glitter Fairy wings tutorial over at Antique lilac. These are gorgeous. I want to make some. Now!
These you could make like I did, and stencil the stars on, or something like that. Pretty, huh? Over here. For even more inspiration, just go do a search on Pinterest or Google for wings, or specifically what you’re looking for (bumblebee, fairy, butterfly, owl, bird, etc.) Good luck!
Hope you’re enjoying this so far! It’s forcing me to get off my duff and get these costumes done!!