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Welcome Carrie! Thanks for sharing your silk butterfly wings tutorial!
Hello all! I'm Carrie from This Mama Makes Stuff, where I blog about refashioning & running, raising comapssionate kids & crocheting, thrifting and triathlons. I am so happy to be part of Andrea's Handmade Dress-up Series (and I love that I got to meet her in person last week)! Dressing up is a year-round activity in our house and these wings have been a favorite for years. Unlike wire wings that can get bent up pretty easily, these ones can be stuffed into the dress up box and still look great for years of dress-up fun. Kids also love the way the fabric feels when you "fly".
Inspired by silk wings I saw in a catalog, these butterfly wings are a favorite item in the dress-up box. These specific wings will fit most kids ages 2-8. Here's how to make them: Gather your materials: 44" square silk scarf (Dharma Trading Co), 36" piece of elastic for straps, two 5 ½" pieces of elastic for wristbands, 10 ½" x 3 ½" piece of fabric. Dye the scarf.
RIT dye, though not the best, is definitely the most readily available. You can check out Dharmatrading.com for more options.
For two-toned wing, gather scarf in the middle.
Fold in half and dip in color 1.
Then dip outside edge in color 2
Rinse and dry scarf as instructed on dye instructions. Once dry, iron crease down center of scarf.
Sew gathering stitch down the crease line you just made- edge to edge
Add 2 more rows of gathering stitches on each side of original stitch.
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