Ruffled Angel

measures 12 heavenly inches in height

measures 12 heavenly inches in height

 

Some of the best gifts you can give at Christmas are those you create with your own hands. The fact that you can do it cost-effectively is a bonus. You might find when you finish this project, that you have to have an angel for yourself. Make your angel as large as you want and use it as an impressive centerpiece. Substitute a cone made of poster board, plastic mesh, or other sturdy, bendable material for the Styrofoam cone base. The delicate, creamy, ruffled fabric makes this angel an elegant, one-of-a-kind treasure.

Directions

step 1 - Download and print out the body template. Use it to cut out a piece of fleece or felt. You may notice the shape of the fleece is slightly wider than the width of the cone at the bottom. This is deliberate and adds a little more fullness to the angel shape.

 

step 2 - The Body Cut four strips of ruffles. A strip includes three ruffles plus the margin above the first ruffle. Two strips should measure 13” in length, one should measure 12”, and one 15”.  Attach little pieces of painters tape to one end of the strips with the marked measurement on it so you can tell them apart later.  

step 2 - The Body

Cut four strips of ruffles. A strip includes three ruffles plus the margin above the first ruffle. Two strips should measure 13” in length, one should measure 12”, and one 15”.  Attach little pieces of painters tape to one end of the strips with the marked measurement on it so you can tell them apart later.  

step 3 - With a basting stitch, gather the ruffles starting at 3.25” in from the end and ending at 3.25” from the other end. The purpose of gathering the strips is to ease fabric to fit the curve of the fleece.

step 3 - With a basting stitch, gather the ruffles starting at 3.25” in from the end and ending at 3.25” from the other end. The purpose of gathering the strips is to ease fabric to fit the curve of the fleece.

step 4 - Sew a 13” ruffle strip at the top of the fleece with the edge of the margin matching the curve of the neck.  Adjust the gathering to allow 3.25” non-gathered tails on each end.  

 

step 5 - Sew the next 13” strip onto the fleece with the bottom edge of the previous ruffle completely overlapping the margin of the new strip. The tails on each side should measure 2.25”.  

step 5 - Sew the next 13” strip onto the fleece with the bottom edge of the previous ruffle completely overlapping the margin of the new strip. The tails on each side should measure 2.25”.

 

step 6 - The next strip to attach is the 12”. The last will be the 15”. These two strips do not have tails. The end of the strip should match the edge of the fleece. Trim if necessary.

step 6 - The next strip to attach is the 12”. The last will be the 15”. These two strips do not have tails. The end of the strip should match the edge of the fleece. Trim if necessary.

step 7 - Cut one more strip of only one ruffle plus the margin, to measure 13” long. Gather it as you did the other ruffles. Attach it to the neck sewing the margin to the wrong side of the fleece. The ruffle creates a collar at the neck when flipped to the right side.

step 7 - Cut one more strip of only one ruffle plus the margin, to measure 13” long. Gather it as you did the other ruffles. Attach it to the neck sewing the margin to the wrong side of the fleece. The ruffle creates a collar at the neck when flipped to the right side.

step 8 - Connect the lower back seam by moving the ruffles aside and overlapping the bottom 3” of fleece.  Hot glue together.

step 8 - Connect the lower back seam by moving the ruffles aside and overlapping the bottom 3” of fleece.  Hot glue together.

step 9 - Head & Neck I used a remnant from an Easter egg wreath project for the angel head. It had the wire attached to the egg shape.  You can create a head with a painted Styrofoam egg and glue wire into it, or use a painted wooden egg. Ball Christmas ornaments are another good option for an angel head.

step 9 - Head & Neck

I used a remnant from an Easter egg wreath project for the angel head. It had the wire attached to the egg shape.  You can create a head with a painted Styrofoam egg and glue wire into it, or use a painted wooden egg. Ball Christmas ornaments are another good option for an angel head.

step 10 - Wrap a piece of gold wire around a slim pencil 5 times. Slip it off and cut off the ends. 

step 10 - Wrap a piece of gold wire around a slim pencil 5 times. Slip it off and cut off the ends. 

step 11 - Slide the coiled wire onto the wire stem connected to the head. Coat the stem with a light layer of glue and push it into the center of the cone.

step 11 - Slide the coiled wire onto the wire stem connected to the head. Coat the stem with a light layer of glue and push it into the center of the cone.

step 12 - The Wings Glue the edge of the ribbon to the right vertical center back of the cone. Use straight pins to hold the ribbon in place while gluing.

step 12 - The Wings

Glue the edge of the ribbon to the right vertical center back of the cone. Use straight pins to hold the ribbon in place while gluing.

step 13 - With the front of the cone facing you, twist the ribbon away from you creating one loop. Twist it again creating another loop. 

step 13 - With the front of the cone facing you, twist the ribbon away from you creating one loop. Twist it again creating another loop. 

step 14 - Attach the ribbon to the center back under the first piece of ribbon and glue in place. Create the right wing in the same way.

step 14 - Attach the ribbon to the center back under the first piece of ribbon and glue in place. Create the right wing in the same way.

step 15 - Create a third wing down the center back. Instead of gluing the ribbon ends, secure them with a nail head wire inserted into a pearl. Coat the wire with hot glue before attaching to the cone. 

step 15 - Create a third wing down the center back. Instead of gluing the ribbon ends, secure them with a nail head wire inserted into a pearl. Coat the wire with hot glue before attaching to the cone. 

step 16 - Finishing The Body Slip the fleece onto the cone. Bend the wings out of the way and hot glue the fleece back seam edges to the cone. 

step 16 - Finishing The Body

Slip the fleece onto the cone. Bend the wings out of the way and hot glue the fleece back seam edges to the cone. 

step 17 - Bring the remainder of the back seam together and glue to close the rest of the seam. Don’t glue down the ruffles to the seam or fleece. 

step 17 - Bring the remainder of the back seam together and glue to close the rest of the seam. Don’t glue down the ruffles to the seam or fleece. 

step 18 - When the seam is secure, overlap the ruffle edges and dot with glue to hold them together.

step 18 - When the seam is secure, overlap the ruffle edges and dot with glue to hold them together.

step 19 - Loosely wrap the tails of the collar round the neck and push them down between the fleece and the Styrofoam at the front. Hot glue the center front of fleece to the Styrofoam at the neck. Return the wings to their original position and reshape them as necessary.

step 19 - Loosely wrap the tails of the collar round the neck and push them down between the fleece and the Styrofoam at the front. Hot glue the center front of fleece to the Styrofoam at the neck. Return the wings to their original position and reshape them as necessary.

step 20 - The Arms For each arm, cut a 10” piece of gold wire.  Fold it in half. Holding half an inch from the fold with flat pliers, twist the length of wire to join the two pieces.

step 20 - The Arms

For each arm, cut a 10” piece of gold wire.  Fold it in half. Holding half an inch from the fold with flat pliers, twist the length of wire to join the two pieces.

step 21 - Lift the ruffles out of the way before attaching the arms. Coat the ends of the arm wires with hot glue and poke them into the side of the angel body. You may need to first pierce the fabric with a sharp object to create a path for the wire.  

step 21 - Lift the ruffles out of the way before attaching the arms. Coat the ends of the arm wires with hot glue and poke them into the side of the angel body. You may need to first pierce the fabric with a sharp object to create a path for the wire.  

step 22 - Bend the arms at angles so the hands meet. Thread holiday stems into the hand loops and bend the stem ends to hold the hands together.

step 22 - Bend the arms at angles so the hands meet. Thread holiday stems into the hand loops and bend the stem ends to hold the hands together.

step 23 - The Halo Since the wire comes coiled, there’s little to do to create the halo but cut a piece that includes at least two circles. 

step 23 - The Halo

Since the wire comes coiled, there’s little to do to create the halo but cut a piece that includes at least two circles. 

step 24 - Bend an angle in both wire ends and smooth them out so they’re straight.  One should have a long stem, the other, a tail only long enough to make a small loop and attach it to the circle. 

step 24 - Bend an angle in both wire ends and smooth them out so they’re straight.  One should have a long stem, the other, a tail only long enough to make a small loop and attach it to the circle. 

step 25 - Coat the long stem of the wire with hot glue and push it into the Styrofoam behind the center back of the head.

step 25 - Coat the long stem of the wire with hot glue and push it into the Styrofoam behind the center back of the head.

 
Back View

Back View

Ruffled Fabric

Ruffled Fabric


Supplies

At Craft & Fabric Stores

  •  wire cutters
  •  flat nose pliers
  •  gold wire
  •  4 nail head wires
  •  4 pearls
  •  Styrofoam egg
  •  holiday stems
  •  2” wide pearl edge ribbon
  • 12” Styrofoam cone
  •  16” square of fleece or felt
  •  glue gun
  •  sewing notions

At Fabric.com


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