Thursday, 27 September 2012

How To: Felt Angel Ornament #2

PLEASE NOTE: this project will be removed from my blog at the end of April, after which it will be available as part of a printable pattern from my shops. Please make a copy of the instructions and templates if you'd like to save a free copy before then! :)

As promised yesterday, here's the tutorial for making the second style of angel ornaments...

To make these ornaments, you will need...

- The template sheet from yesterday's post
- Scissors to cut out the templates
- Sharp sewing scissors or embroidery scissors
- A needle & pin
- White felt for the wings
- Coloured felt for the angel's dresses
- Felt in your chosen hair and skin colours
- Sewing thread to match all your felt
- Black sewing thread for stitching the eyes and mouth
- Optional: black seed beads for eyes, and sequins/threads/etc for embellishing the angels
- Narrow white ribbon (or another shade to match your chosen colours)

1) Cut out all your felt pieces - 1 x face, 2 x body, 2 x feet, 1 x hair (front) 1 x hair (back) and 1 or 2 x wings (the wings need to stay upright so if your felt is very soft and flops easily, cut two pieces).

2) Use running stitch in matching thread to sew the two feet pieces together, finishing your stitching neatly at the top. Use the same thread to sew the face in position on one of the body shapes - you just need to sew around the bottom half of the circle.

If you've cut two felt pieces for your wings, sew them together with running stitch in white thread and finish your stitching neatly in the middle (where it will be hidden when the wings are sewn onto the angel).

3) Now sew the front and back hair shapes in position, using running stitch in matching thread. Sew the front piece onto the face, sewing along the bottom edge only. Then sew the back piece onto the second body shape (make sure you flip this over first so it will match up with the front when you sew them together later!), sewing around the bottom half of the circle as before.

4) Now use black thread to sew two (closed) eyes and a smiling mouth. Use back stitch and very small stitches to create the curved lines. You might want to practice this on a scrap piece of felt before sewing the expression on your angel. If you prefer, you can use two small black seed beads for the eyes. Sew the beads flat (like an O) on the felt, using three or four stitches to hold each bead in place.


5) Cut a 5 inch (12.5 cm) length of narrow ribbon, and fold it over to form a loop. Sew the ends to the top of the ornament as shown, so they'll be hidden within the two layers of felt when you sew them together. Use whip stitches, and sew into the felt but not through it (if you prefer, sew the ribbon to the piece of felt which will become the back of the ornament, and use thread to match the felt so any stitches that show through will be less visible).

6) Use back stitch to sew the wings onto the back of the angel -sew a vertical line down the middle of the wings to hold them in place.

7) Place the front and back angel pieces together, then use whip stitch in matching thread to sew the front and back of the hair together around the outside edges (you may need to hold the wings back during this step and step 8, so they're not in the way as you sew).

8) Finally, use running stitch in matching thread to sew the front and back of the angel's dress together.  When you sew along the bottom edge, tuck the feet unbetween the two layers and sew over them so they just peek out, as shown.

Your finished ornament will look like this at the front...


... and this at the back: 


This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it for as many ornaments as you like for yourself or as gifts for friends but please don't make any for sale. Please feel free to borrow photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial on your site. Thanks!

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Dee said...

So Sweet, my daughter will love making this.

Godelieve said...


Amanda said...

I used your template to make my clay angel ornament. Thanks.

BugsandFishes said...

Thanks for the link to your clay ornament, Amanda! It looks great x

lili E said...

c'est toujours un trés beau travail !

miaismine said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful felt Christmas tree ornaments. I've pinned them all and look forward to making them. Your time and efforts to post such wonderful ideas are greatly appreciated! Thank you!

BugsandFishes said...

You are very welcome! I hope you'll enjoy making them :)

Carissa D said...

I've put another of your great ideas to use on my felt wall Christmas tree! Thanks so much again Laura :)
You can see it here

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks so much for sharing the link, Carissa (and for linking back to my tutorials!). It's so great seeing what people have been making from my tutorials and this seems like a really special project :)