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My name is Chris, and I am the lady behind Pickup Some Creativity. I write about my love for creating, and try to spend a little time each day making something. I believe creating is a divinely instilled quality we're born with, we just have to find the medium that works best for us! Today I'm sharing a tutorial for making a fairy wand...the perfect accessory for the little fairy princess in your life.
Inspired by a fun pretend play fairy princess kit my daughter received several years ago, I made a matching wand for my baby. Here's the inspiration wand:
Ready to make your own? Here's the how-to.
- Template, download it HERE.
- Fabric scraps, two 5"x5" squares
- Sparkly fabric paint and spray paint of your color choice
- 1/2" ribbon, grosgrain or satin
- Matching thread
- 1/2" diameter dowel
- Cluster fluff type stuffing
- Fabric glue or hot glue gun
- Sewing tools; including scissors, seam ripper, pins or pattern weight, and sewing machine, and helpful to have...pinking shears, my new favorite tool.
Step one. Paint. My inspiration wand's star was shiny satin, but I needed to use materials on hand. So, I painted gold colored fabric with sparkly fabric paint. I think the result was almost better than the original.
I used a sponge to make sure the paint was very thin.
I spray painted the dowel my chosen color. It took three coats to get the best coverage. Let everything dry well.
Step two. Cut out your star and streamers.
Using the template provided and right sides of the fabric together, cut out your star.
You'll need six streamer ribbons, each about 14" long. Make sure the ends are cut on a diagonal.
Step three. Sew and stuff your star. With right sides together, pin your star together, leaving an opening in the bottom for turning, your dowel, and the streamers. (I almost forgot the streamers...and had to unturn, pick out, and add them!)
After you sew your star, you'll want to trim and grade your seams. Easy peasy version, just pink the edges!
Boy, did I feel sheepish when I realized I'd forgotten the all-important streamers! I had to pick out the seam, and then carefully pin the ribbons in place. When you make yours, pin the streamers in the seam before you sew. I'd pin the ribbons into the center of the star to keep them out of the rest of the seams.
The more you stuff, the better the star will look.
Step four. Insert and glue the dowel into the star. I used fabric glue for my star, but hot melt glue would work well too.
Project complete! I'm so happy with how the wand turned out, and so is my daughter.
My blog includes several free tutorials, free patterns, and I also have a small etsy shop. I am tickled to be included in Andrea's Handmade Halloween series, and love her emphasis on wearable designs.
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