Yes, I know that many of you have already moved on to Christmas, call me slow...Really it's just that I like to stick with one holiday at a time, don't you worry, I'll surely be blasting Christmas music and trading acorns and pumpkins for snowmen and trees come Friday, but for now we are still stuck on Thanksgiving!
Ever since Violet came home wearing the feathered crown she made in school last week (and I saw this pin) I have this on my mind and so a mere days before Thanksgiving I made some feathered headdresses... They were simple to make...
All you need is:
Fabric scraps, leather strap or shoelaces approximately 14" long, felt, hot glue, elastic ( I used fold over elastic) sewing machine and notions.
Make your feathers first. I made mine free hand with a small scrap of fabric on top of scrap of felt (wrong sides together) and sewed a feather shape. Next cut your feather out and snip edges (carefully) a bit to mimic a ruffled feather edge. Sew up the center and a few "v's" to make it look more like a feather. Don't make feathers too tall or they will fall and flop, mine are about 4-5" tall and 1-2" wide.
Next, cut a piece of felt that is the same width as your leather, or braided leather, and two inches longer, stitch feathers onto felt. Next lay your felt and feathers down with right sides facing up, apply a thin line of hot glue across the felt, leaving one inch on either side free of glue, carefully and quickly place your leather on top sandwiching your feather between the felt and leather.
Hold headdress up to child's head to measure how much elastic you will need to allow for a comfortable fit. Sew elastic to the felt... And you are done! A fun feathered headdress perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving! For the headdress above I used one leather shoelace cut into three pieces of equal length and loosely braided them. I glued the ends together and then wrapped the ends with a small piece of felt and glued the felt in place around the ends. I loved making these. Of course, I love any reason to use up some scraps...the kids love them... And, as it turns out...stuffed animals love them too...
Happy almost Thanksgiving!
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