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When my daughter answered “butterfly” for her Halloween costume…again, my heart sank just a wee bit. She was a butterfly for Halloween last year, and while I wouldn’t mind making another one (I’m sure I could make it different, right?) my creative heart was craving something new.
Then…it happened, a new cartoon appeared on the Disney Channel and a superhero was born. An owl superhero…with a twist.
Have you heard of PJ Masks? As I write this, there are only 8 episodes. Why do I know this? Because we have them all recorded.
Enter costume idea…she wants to be an owl. Yes!! Ok, but there’s a catch. She wants to be “Owlette.”
If you’re curious, google PJ Masks Owlette.
That probably wasn’t going to happen on my sewing machine. It could happen, but it might turn out more like a fright costume instead of a flight costume.
I compromised with her and she got an Owlette-inspired costume. She also told me she wanted it to be pink.
Now we’re talking!
I took my daughter with me to JoAnn’s Fabric store and let her help choose the fabrics.
Fabric selection. I used 6 different corresponding fabrics. I chose the first one in the photo above for the underside of the wings. It had an interesting texture/pattern and it was covered in glitter. It cost a little more, but how could I refuse? The fabric choice for the underside of the wings needs to be enough to cover the entire underside. The rest of the choices were fat quarters. I probably used around half of each, you may be able to get away with just using scraps you already have. I would suggest a half of a yard minimum to a yard of the fabric for the underside of the wing. My daughter’s wings were 13″ wide for each arm plus I used it to attach both wings together. (I bought 2 yards because I wanted extra and I wasn’t sure how long I wanted to make the wings)
The amount of fabric needed will depend on the size of the wings you are making.
I created a wing template that you can download here
I cut out the template and traced it onto freezer paper.
Why freezer paper? You can iron freezer paper, wax side down, on to your fabric so your template is stuck to it. All you have to do is cut around it. The most time consuming part of the process is probably cutting out the fabric using this template.
I had 3 freezer paper templates that I used over and over. I would recommend more to make the process move a little faster.
Stack the cut pieces by matching fabric. I also used some of the underside of the wing fabric for the outside of the wing, however, I put the glitter side down because I used it as the first row as it hung over the bottom and would show from the front side.
Measure the width of your childs arms from wrist to wrist. I decided to use 13 inches for each wing leaving a little bit of space that will need to be attached together between the two pieces.
Below I am showing you how I drew the template for the wings. I drew two lines 13 inches long, one across and one down.
Meet my homemade protractor. I tied a string to my pen, put the pen on the 13 inch mark and the pull the string tight and hold in the corner you made between the two lines. Draw from one line to the other while holding the string down and ta-da…an arc!
I used Heat and Bond to hold the fabrics together. In this step, I recommend using the template you just created to cut out the Heat and Bond material. Use the iron to apply the Heat and Bond to the wrong side of the fabric (later it will be covered by the templates you cut out above). In my case, the right side was the glitter side so the Heat and Bond was attached to the non-glitter side.
Now trim the fabric to the Heat and Bond Template. Now that I think about it, I could have drawn my template on the paper side of the Heat and Bond material.
Cut two pieces.
Start from the bottom. Use the cut template pieces to start laying out the pattern for your wings. I started with the cuts that match the underside of the wing so that they could stick over the end and still match the front.
While the template was 5 scallops in a row, I found that I liked the look of two and three scallops better. I cut them apart and laid them out so that they were an overlapping pattern as shown in the photos.
This is the tricky part! Move the arranged pieces to your ironing board. (I love my ironing board cover)
Readjust so that no Heat and Bond material is poking through. You will have some pieces that will be overlapped and you may need to tack down with a little fabric glue.
Did you iron it yet? There’s no turning back after this step. Be sure you have everything just right and iron it down!
Trim the excess.
Now attach them together. I cut an inch strip rectangle of Heat and Bond material the length of the wings. I left a little bit of a space in the middle.
Tip: You can pin it on and “fit” it to your little one to be sure you have the dimensions right. Easier said than done with a toddler in the house!
Apply the Heat and Bond to the material you want to use to attach the top of the wings together. Then cut out the fabric.
I used matching ribbons long enough on the ends so that they could be tied around the wrists and the ribbons shown here should be longer if you are going to tie it around your child’s neck. For Halloween, I tied an extra length of ribbon to both strands so it was easier to tie. You could also attach elastic a little farther down so it could go around the upper arm.
The ribbons are placed under the top fabric and bonded together.
This is truly a no-sew project!
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