Here’s another scrappy little project to transform your favorite fabric scraps into sweet little folk angels to hang on your tree. Colorful and folksy, they’ll add the perfect touch to a special package, wreath, or holiday mantel display.
To make your angel’s head – draw two eyes on a 1″ wooden bead. You can give your angel rosy cheeks by rubbing a cotton swab on powdered eye shadow or blush and rubbing it in a circle below and to the outside of each eye:
Bringing out the scrap basket and selecting patterns and colors is the best part! Cut your selected scraps into circles, using a circle template about 4 – 5 ” in diameter. I traced around an upturned glass. Cut out the circles, leaving a 1/8″ seam allowance. You’ll want to make one of these circles into a halo, two into wings and stack up 8 for your angel’s dress. For the halo and wings, I like my yoyo’s to have a nice finished center, so I hem the circle before I gather the outside, by clipping curves and ironing the edges toward the center of the circle:
To make wings, fold two yoyo’s in half with the gathers to the inside and lap one over the other, tacking together with a few stitches as shown:
To make the dress, I don’t worry about making nicely finished yoyo’s since the centers are hidden within the stack. I simply gather the unfinished edge with stitches, pull them tight and tack them with a couple finishing stitches. I start my first yoyo’s full sized and make each yoyo just a bit smaller by stitching farther and farther away from the unfinished edge. this makes the yoyo’s stack up nicely in a cone shape, with the smallest at the top.
Threading a large eye needle with pearl cotton or other sturdy thread, Go through one hole of a 1″ button, then pierce each yoyo, smallest to largest through the centers. Thread through two holes of the other button, then again, pierce each yoyo, bottom to top, through the centers and through the remaining hole of the top button. Pull the slack out of the thread so your buttons are held securely at both the top and bottom of the stack of yoyo’s. Adjust the thread to make the height of the dress to your liking. I tend to pull it tight enough to compress the yoyo’s a bit so the stack is stable and won’t fall over. Tie a knot at the top button to complete the dress. Leaving a 5 to 6 ” length of thread on one side and about 2 inches on the other, tie together to form a loop with the knot about a half inch from the top button so it’ll be hidden within the head.
Thread the closed loop through the large eye needle and bring up through the top of the bead. Being careful to keep the thread coming up through the bead, glue the head to the top button with hot glue.
Finally, glue the halo to the back of the head and the wings to the base of the head just above the top button.