If you are feeling in an angelic frame of mind, Mandy Shaw has several ideas using folk art angels. All are simple enough to sew in a few hours or less.
You can download a pdf copy of the original magazine pages for this project here, Angels on Duty
Don’t think angels are only for Christmas. This small wall hanging would be great all year round as an angelic influence on family life or as a lovely gift for friends, newly weds, and new homes.
Once you understand the basic concept of Mandy’s Suffolk puff angel (steps 1-5), you can vary the scale and turn your angel into a hanging decoration for doors or trees, a brooch, fridge magnet or card.
This uses the same size of puff and wings as for the wall quilt. You will also need a length of twisted cord (about 35cm) and a motif for hanging below the angel. Stitch the cord securely to the back of the wings.
This time, cut a Suffolk puff 3" in diameter and six 4" strips of raffia. The wings are cut from the Foil wings template.
You need a fairly heavyweight foil - washed dishes from ready meals or Indian takeaways are just the right thickness! Take care when cutting as the foil can sometimes be sharp. Place the foil on a pad of fabric and mark the design using a biro. If you press firmly, this will create an indentation on the reverse.
Finish by glueing a 1/2" magnet on the reverse overlapping the wing and calico.
same measurements as for the fridge magnet. The wings are cut from two layers of felt, using the Foil wing template. Blanket stitch the two layers of felt together and sew on a couple of small buttons. Sew or glue a brooch pin to the back of the head.
Cut a rectangle of white card 6 x 8" using scissors which give a decorative edge and fold in half (or use pack of one-fold craft cards). Cut a 3 x 4 1/2" rectangle from brown paper or card and stick it in the middle. Cut the circle of calico 2 3/4" and some foil wings . Once completed, glue the angel face at the centre of the card. Add further decorations as you like, such as a raffia tie, gluedon buttons or a seasonal greeting with a silver pen.
These small angels are wonderful to make with children (take care when cutting the foil). For quicker wings, buy 20cm (8") of wire edged gold or organza ribbon. Fold both ends to the middle, overlap slightly and tie (Figure 2). Glue the head at the centre and ‘fluff out’ the ribbon wings.
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