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Embroidered Angel Wings Ornament

Embroidered Angel Wings Ornament

In the Christmas movie classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life” there’s this iconic line: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets it’s wings.” That was the inspiration for this Embroidered Angel Wings Ornament with the tiny bell tied on top.

I’m taking part in the yearly ornament exchange organized by Erlene from MyPinterventures for the second time. I had so much fun creating the handmade ornament for my partner last year, that I couldn’t wait to sign up again.

This year, I was paired with Megan, from over at C’mon Get Crafty. In our introductory emails Megan mentioned that she and her family are huge movie fans and watch classic Christmas movies on rotation. As soon as I read that I knew exactly what I wanted to make for her.

Now of course, while I knew what I wanted to make, I then had to figure out what the wings would look like. And once I’d decided that I wanted the wings to be embroidered, there was the little matter of figuring out how to turn them into a finished ornament. 🙂

I’ll admit I had a few false starts and ended up switching out fabrics and floss colors. But I hope you’ll agree that in the end they turned out beautiful.

Before we get to the tutorial for how to make the Embroidered Angel Wings, I wanted to mention that I’m only one of 50 bloggers who took part in this year’s handmade ornament exchange. At the bottom of this post, I’ll link to where you can go see all the other ornaments that were made and exchanged as well as have a chance to link up your own tutorial, if you have one. So be sure to check that out!

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How to Make an Embroidered Angel Wings Ornament

Materials required to make one pair of Embroidered Angel Wings:

Begin by printing off the Embroidered Angel Wings Ornament pattern (scroll down for the link.)

Next you’ll need to stabilize the satin with interfacing. Satin has a tendency to flex and shift. The interfacing prevents that and makes for a better stitching experience.

Quick tip: Satin fabric and satin floss also have a tendency to snag, so I recommend that you keep a nail file handy to file any catches on your nails.

As well, this time of year, my hands can be dry so before I work with delicate fabrics. I massage a bit of pumice foot scrub into my hands especially the finger tips and then rinse and dry my hands thoroughly before starting embroidery and sewing projects. This smooths out any little bits of dry skin that can snag and catch the fibers of the fabric and/or floss.

I use Dr Scholl’s for Her Pumice Foot Scrub but it’s been discontinued. When I run out of what I have, I’ll be switching to a similar pumice foot scrub.

2 squares each of white satin and interfacing

Fuse the featherweight interfacing to the wrong side of the satin using a medium heat setting on your iron. You may want to do a test on a small scrap of the satin to make sure that your iron isn’t too hot.

Using parchment paper as a pressing cloth

To trace the Angel Wings embroidery pattern onto one of the reinforced satin squares, you’ll need a light source.

You can use a window or a homemade light box as your light source. But I’ll be honest…one of the best and most comfortable to use light sources are these Huion LED Light Pads.

Hands down, it is one of the best craft room investments I’ve ever made.

Trace the angel wings pattern on to the satin using a light box

I love that you can easily adjust the brightness just by tapping the On button. It also has a neat smart memory feature that remembers the brightness you set it to the last time you used it. It’s AC powered and light weight with a nice size drawing surface (16″X12″.)

For tracing on the satin, use a regular pencil. I tried tracing with the Clover water soluble pen I usually use but the ink bled on the satin making the pattern a mess of blurry blue lines.

Please note: The outside lines are not embroidered. They are the cutting lines in case you would like to make the wings from white felt with a blanket stitch edge rather than white satin. If making the wings from satin, they can be used as the machine sewing line (see below.)

Once you’ve traced the pattern onto the satin, embroider the wings using 2 strands of the pearl grey satin floss.

Give the embroidered wings a light pressing after all the stitching is complete.

I use a small white towel or facecloth underneath when pressing my embroideries. This helps to prevent the stitching from being flattened by the iron. Start by pressing with the right side down and then flip the piece over and very lightly press out any small wrinkles on the right side.

Angel wings embroidery finished

Pin the second square of satin right sides together with the embroidered angel wings.

Pin the two satin pieces right sides together

Make sure that all your pins will pull out in the same direction so that it’s easy to remove them as you sew around the angel wings.

Place your pins all in the same direction

Sew using approximately an 1/8″ seam allowance. My vintage Singer sewing machine’s pressure foot is 1/8″ on the right hand side, so I was able to use that as a guide all the way around.

Or you can simply sew on the outside lines of the pattern.

Stitching one eighth inch away from the embroidery

The piece will look like this after sewing.

8 eighth inch seam allowance all the way around the embroidered angel wings

If you look closely, you’ll see that I adjusted the stitch length to a long basting stitch where I wanted the opening. You’ll see why in a moment.

Large basting stitches where opening will be made

Cut out the angel wings about 1/8″ from the sewn line.

Embroidered Angel Wings cut out

Press open the seam allowance where the machine basting stitches are.

Pressing that area of the seam allowance open, gives you a nice crisp pressed edge to sew into when it comes time to close the opening.

11 Pressing seam allowance open on the opening for the Embroidered Angel Wings

Remove the basting stitches and turn the angel wings right side out.

Embroidered Angel Wings turned right side out

Now it’s time to stuff the angel wings. A locking surgical clamp Isn’t absolutely necessary but it sure makes getting polyester filling into the bottom of the wings easier.

Grab small pieces of polyester filling at a time with a surgical clamp.

 Use surgical clamp to insert filling into the Embroidered Angel Wings

Insert the clamp with the polyester filling into the angel wings and move the filling to the place you want it. Release the clamp.

The closed end of the clamp can then be used to push the filling further into position.

Inserting the polyester filling into the Embroidered Angel Wings

Stuff the angel wings firmly but not so that it looks about to burst at the seams. Close the opening using a ladder stitch (aka invisible stitch.)

Fold the 18″ piece of ribbon in half and sew it to the top of the embroidered angel wings in the center between the two wings.

Thread the jingle bell on to one piece of the ribbon and knot to hold it in place.

Tie the ribbon with a small bow about 4″ from the bells to create a hanging loop for the ornament and it’s ready to hang on your tree or to give as a gift.

Embroidered Angel Wings Ornament hanging on an evergreen tree

I hope that Megan loves the Embroidered Angel Wings Ornament that I made for her.

Embroidered Angel Wings viewed from a slight angle

The deadline to mail out the finished ornaments to our exchange partners was November 9th so it’s already on it’s way to her.

Wrapped gift of Embroidered Angel Wings

I added a couple of extra goodies to the bottom of the box before putting the wrapped wings into the box. I hope Megan likes those too. 🙂

Ornament Exchange gift wrapped and ready to go

If you’d like to make one or more ornaments, click the link below to download the pattern:

Embroidered Angel Wings Pattern

 

Want to see all the other handmade ornaments from bloggers who took part? 

Go to the 2018 Handmade Ornament Exchange

 

 

 

 

Be sure to save this post for Embroidered Angel Wings Pattern so you can find it when you want to make it by clicking on the Pinterest button underneath the post.

And of course, I’d love it if you shared it on Facebook and Twitter as well. 🙂

Collage photo of the finished Embroidered Angel Wings Ornament

 

18 Comments

  • Rachel
    November 15, 2018 9:07 am

    That’s turned out really well! Even when the idea is simple, sometimes it takes a while to make it “just right”, but you’ve succeeded triumphantly here.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 19, 2018 6:34 pm

      What a lovely compliment! Thanks so much Rachel!

  • Deborah
    November 15, 2018 10:13 am

    Love your Angel Wings you did a lovely job in crafting them and I’m sure Megan will love them, the bell is the perfect touch after all it is a Wonderful Life. Thank you for including the pattern I hope to have time to give them a try.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 19, 2018 6:40 pm

      Thank you so much Deborah! If you do make them and post them somewhere online, be sure to let me know so I can come see. Or email me a photo… that would be cool too. 🙂

  • Addie
    November 15, 2018 2:43 pm

    Beautiful!!! Love to see it but I have more ornaments then I know what to do with!!!
    i am sure Megan will love it!!!
    Addie

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 19, 2018 6:42 pm

      Thank you Addie! And I totally understand… we probably have enough ornament to decorate three trees… but I do love making them. Maybe this year, I can convince hubby that we need another tree. 🙂

  • Mother of 3
    November 15, 2018 8:34 pm

    That is a really beautiful and thoughtful ornament. Pinned.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 19, 2018 6:46 pm

      Thank you so much Joanne for your sweet comment and for pinning!

  • Kim~madeinaday
    November 16, 2018 2:02 pm

    Wow, I love the embroidering and what a beautiful ornament~ I am sure Megan loves it!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 19, 2018 6:47 pm

      Thanks so much Kim!

  • Debrashoppeno5
    November 17, 2018 1:37 pm

    These are so beautiful.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 19, 2018 6:48 pm

      Thank you Debra!

  • Beverly
    November 17, 2018 8:11 pm

    This is just gorgeous! I love the reference to the movie with the little bell on top.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 19, 2018 6:49 pm

      Thank you Beverly! That little bell just had to be there. 🙂

  • Roseann Hampton
    November 18, 2018 4:51 pm

    Such beautiful embroidery! Pinning

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 19, 2018 6:51 pm

      Thank you Roseann for your sweet comment and for pinning!

  • janet trieschman
    November 20, 2018 3:41 am

    Such detail and perfectly spaced stitches! This shows real patients and talent.

  • Marie InteriorFrugalista
    December 7, 2018 10:08 am

    What a gorgeous ornament! I’ve been wanting to make angel wings in memory of my Mom to hang on our tree. So I thank you for this wonderful tutorial 🙂

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