diy {bird wings…tweaks}

Thanks for all the comments on the new blog design and FireCracker’s wings. I mentioned yesterday I would share my version of the wings today. I am not going to share the base tutorial because that is the creative work of someone else.

So to begin, you will need to visit Erin’s site for the full tutorial..click here to view it.

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Here is what my finished wings look like from the back side.

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And close up.

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You’ll notice on the original tutorial there is only one piece of fabric for each wing, so when you are looking at the front side you see the stitching. Knowing I can’t sew very pretty, I knew I would want the stitching covered up. So I…

1. Cut two pieces of vintage sheet fabric for each wing. The insides facing eachother. I folded and stitched down the 3 edges of all 4 wing pieces for a more finished edge.

2. I started from the bottom and worked up adding my scalloped feathers. For the felt I used the Geranium pack from Benzie Bazaar – it is gorgeous felt. For the fabric scallops I just used random fabric I had on hand that coordinated with the felt. I did add some stitching so they don’t unravel too much. All my stitching and cutting was wonky and messy.

3. Once I finished adding the feathers, I joined the front and back sides of the wings together with some trim made from an old sheet. I also added trim to tie to her wrists and neck. However, once she put it on, the wings were too heavy for her and it hurt her neck. So I added a long pink ribbon. The middle of the ribbon was stitched to the middle of the top trim. The ribbon is long enough to go over her shoulders, under her arms and tie in the back.
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I also thought she needed a little feather headband. The idea was for it to be like a bird, but it more like a headdress. Oh well, she liked it.

To make the feather crown…

1. Cut the felt into feather shapes

2. Stack the feathers until you get the design you like, add some fabric & lace for the tie
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3. Without moving your design much, hot glue all the feathers together. If they are all glued top to bottom, they should stand up fine when worn.
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4. For the band I folded lace (an old curtain). On the inside fold I glued the feathers down and then glued the top side down too,
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5. I added a strip of fabric to hide the color peeking through the lace. I just dotted some hot glue in a few places for it all to stick together. Easy Peasy.
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My little bird has a lot of spice mixed in with all that sugar!
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Thanks Erin for such a great tutorial. These were so fun to make!!

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  • Tessa - Thanks for sharing. I am making these for my little girl and love the tweaks you added. I wondered how the original didn’t get crazy frayed. That’s a good thought to add the stitching. I also really like the way yours are tied, makes me nervous for things to be tied around the neck. Beautiful work! And gorgeous little girl!

  • ranee - love the new blog design and the bird wings are the cutest!!

  • Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis - I fell in love with the original wings and I love your version just as much of course. Beautiful! The new blog layout is great too. Happy Tuesday.

  • amber - Happy bday to your firecracker:)! Awesome & yay that your oldest loves Jesus & is already walking in His truth! And, the feathers…oh my. I have a couple of cuties here that would LOVE flying around our house in those amazing wings. Thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa - Firecracker is starting to look so grown up….not what you want to hear, I’m sure.

  • Virginia Bibler - I am not much of a sewer, either, but…this is SO INSPIRING! It’s absolutely gorgeous! I may just have to try it out.

  • Eva - So that’s what you were up to with all the felt? Simply adorable. And totally fun.

    And the photo session from your last post….amazing.

  • Amy @ PaintWineRepeat - Her expressions kill me! So much range!! And what a great additional tutorial to the first. Thanks for sharing.

  • Susan - I cannot imagine a better nickname for her! Firecracker is spicy and adorable. Thanks for sharing her with us. Praying your Song will join you very soon.
    Susan

  • meghan - These are just AWESOME. Way to go! And she makes the wings even better. Whatta kid.

  • Amanda - I love her wings – They best thing a mom can give her babies, roots and wings.

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  • Brooke - I LOVE LOVE LOVE the wings and it is obvious Fire-Cracker does also. What a sweet face she has. Can’t wait to see the sweet smile of your new little one.

  • Cory - I love her wings…so adorable. Her faces are the best though!

  • Tracy Dickinson - soooo…this has nothing to do with this post, but i found your blog through emily’s blog and started clicking around and well, i was so surprised to see that i went to hschool with your husband! you guys have a beautiful family and your blog is awesome. i look forward to following along. also, this post and the photos are pretty fantastic.

  • Taylor - Haha,that last pic is my fav!

  • Jen Daily - I love these! I wonder if I could do a boy version that my little one would be excited to wear…

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Super cute! Firecracker – you make an excellent bird!

  • amber - You did an awesome job on those wings! I always LOVE your fabric! And Firecracker is so spicy! I enjoy her funny faces.

  • Chantel - This is so cute! Thanks for sharing your version with us.
    P.S. I’m loving the blog’s new look!!

  • Christina - I can’t believe how grown up she looks all of the sudden in these photos!

  • Betsy - I made some wings like this in he fall. They aren’t quite as cute as yours. Probably because I put the wings together with hot glue. I just couldn’t face my sewing machine when I was making them. Nice fabric choice:)

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  • Amy - My little girl loves Firecracker, they are days apart so they seem quite a bit alike. Well, Firecracker has wings so my little girl thinks she needs them too. How much felt did you need to get?
    Congratulations on your oldest being baptized!

  • AshleyAnn - Amy – I used the large sheets of felt. There were a couple colors in the pack I didn’t use. I had just a little bit left over, but needed one large sheet of the colors I used.

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