Tuesday, 24 May 2011

What kind of bird do you find in the kitchen?

a tea t-owl!

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Sorry, I blame Di for that rubbish joke! But talking of owls, we watched Legend Of The Guardians: The  Owls Of Ga-Hoole the other day, lovely film and as with every film Ebi-kun watched he wants to act it out afterwards. He tried to make himself some wings out of paper but failed miserably then I remembered that I had seen some wings on Pinterest so I followed the link and ended up here.
I had a pile of brown and green 'old mans fabric' that I was trying to think how to get rid of and decided they would be perfect. The directions on llevoelinvierno are for a smaller child so I will share how I did it, you can make it for any sized child this way.
Measure from the nape of the neck to the child's wrist and then from the nape to the child's bum. Fold a piece of fabric in half then from corner use the arm measurement along the top and the bum measurement down the side, join the two ends with an arc so you end up with a 1/4 circle (figure A). 

click on the diagram then print

Then I made a template of one feather and cut out lots of feathers, I did several layers of fabric at once. Starting at the curved edge place the feathers next to each other I didn't bother pinning, just added the next one as I sewed. Continue until you have finished all the rows. Sew a hoop of elastic to each wrist. Then make a collar with a piece of webbing, it fastens with velcro and attached the inner top corners of the wings to the collar. The whole thing took me about an hour.
Of course he needed a mask too, I used felt as the base, if your child already has a mask use that as a template or just wing it, then cut 3 pairs of circles of different sizes but the centre hole (for the eyes) needs to be the same. Layer the circles on top of each other and sew around the middle with zig-zag stitch. There will be too much fabric where the circles overlap in the middle, just trim it down once you have sewn them. Add a piece of elastic as a headband, you are done!
It turned out to be a fairly quick project, Ebi-kun loves being an owl and I am tempted to make a pretty parrot set with felt feathers! Even if you don't think your sewing skills are up to much you can wing this, sorry, no pun intended! You could even do it with fabric glue instead.

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