DIY Fabric Feathers
Interested in adding feathers but want to be able to wash them? Fabric feathers are your answer! Here is a tutorial for the making the feathers on Nut-Nut’s Rise of the Guardian Tooth Fairy Costume. After Halloween, she’ll be able to wear it as pajamas and those feathers will wash too!
I made two types of feathers for the hood on the Tooth Fairy Costume. Regular feathers and Feathers with shape.
Step 1: Layer your chosen knit on top of similar colored felt
Because knit tends to curl, you need to stabilize the knit or else it will just roll up. I chose to layer it on felt. Felt is washable, but doesn’t fray or have a tendency to roll.
Place your knit on top of the felt and determine how wide you want your feathers to be. I made little notches to mark those widths.
Step 2: Sew the Knit to the felt
Sew the knit to the felt in long lines the length of your feathers. My seam lines are parallel to the marks I made and are in the middle of the marks. I used a twin needle to sew because the lines mimic how a feather looks and because it was already on my machine. But you could use a single needle too.
Step 3: Create your feather shape
Cut your fabric into strips, extending the marks you made. This is parallel to your stitches.
Round out your strips into feather like shapes. Then make little cuts all along the edges of the feather, angled down toward the base of the feather and never cutting through the stitches. The knit will curl but the felt won’t, creating a wispy, feathered effect while still seeing the shape of a feather.
Feathers that Stand Up
The feathers we just made will still flop around and fold. If you want feathers that will stick up by themselves, we add pipe cleaners to the feathers. I used this technique for the large yellow feather on the Tooth Fairy costume and for several of the surrounding feathers.
Step 1: Same as for regular feathers.
Step 2: Attach pipe cleaners
Sandwich the pipe cleaner down the center of the feather and zig zag stitch down the length so the zig zags goes on either side of the pipe cleaner. You can also use a twin needle like for regular feathers. It’s just a little trickier not to stitch over the pipe cleaner with a twin needle.
Step 3: Same as for Regular feathers
Repeat for as many feathers as you wish to make! Interested in putting them on a pixie hood? Check out my tutorial for hacking a standard round hood into a pixie hood.