Homespun Lampshade Angel
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From her curly blonde hair to her lampshade gown and little girl's boots this angel's a charmer.
Completion time – 2-4 hours
Designer – Debi Schmitz
STYROFOAM Brand Foam
- Balls: 6", 4"
- Eggs: two each 2" and 3"
- Paper lampshade, 7" tall, 4" wide at top, 10" at b
- Girl's boots, 6" long
- Girl's socks, tan
- Wooden dowel: 3/4" x 36"; 1/2" x 6"
- Wiggle eyes, 20mm, two
- Doll wig, curly blonde
- Satin ribbon, 1/4" x 2 yds., brown
- Blue eucalyptus, several stems
- Gold berries, two stems
- Raffia, several strands, natural
- Rusty tin heart charms: 1 large, 3 small
- Fineline marker
- Thread, #5 pearl cotton, black
- Fabric: 3/4 yd. unbleached muslin; 1-1/2 yd. Osnab
- Cardboard, two sheets 8-1/2" x 11"
- Wire, 16-gauge
- Wire cutter
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks
- 1. Use wire cutters to cut frame from inside of lampshade. Neatly
print "Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth, peace, goodwill
toward men" around bottom of shade.
- 2. Feet: Flatten three sides on each 3" foam egg. Slip eggs into
socks, with flat edges on the bottom and sides. Glue sock feet
into boots. Insert and glue 18" dowel into each foot, keeping
dowel straight. Lace up boot and tie tightly.
- 3. Bloomers: Hem long edge of 18" x 24" piece of Osnaburg fabric;
cut 6" slit on hemmed edge. With right sides together, fold 18"
edges into center; gluing edges along 6" slit to make pant legs;
above slit, glue two edges together. Turn right side out. Sew
gathering stitch around waist and end of each pant leg. Slip pants
onto legs. Tightly gather each pant leg around dowel; tie off thread.
- 4. Body: Push 6" ball onto legs; remove, add glue to holes, and
return ball to legs. Body should be 13" from top of the table and
able to stand on its own. Gather, glue and pin top of bloomers to
body. Glue lampshade on body.
- 5. Glue 6" dowel in 4" ball for neck. Gather 20" square of muslin
around ball; wire fabric tightly around neck and trim excess
fabric to 1". Insert and glue head onto body.
- 6. 9Arms: Flatten 2" foam eggs. Glue and insert ends of 18" length
of wire into narrow ends of eggs. Gather a 12" square of muslin
around each hand; securely wire excess fabric to arms.
- 7. Sleeves: Glue together long edges of 7" x 12" piece of Osnaburg
fabric, forming a 12" tube. Slip a hand 3" into tube and wire
tightly around the wrist; pull hand through the tube. Repeat for
other hand; overlap tubes in the center back and wire tightly.
Wire arms to neck.
- 8. Glue on eyes. Blush cheeks. Draw on smile, nose and freckles.
Cut out eyelids, using Pattern A; glue in place. Glue on wig.
- 9. Using several strands of raffia, make bow with 4" loops and 4"
tails. Make a wired loopy bow from 1-1/4 yd. satin ribbon. Glue
raffia bow to neck of angel; glue ribbon bow on top. Embellish bow
with small pieces of eucalyptus and gold berries. Wire together
several stems of eucalyptus, making small swag; wire swag to
angel's hand. Glue a small raffia bow to center of swag; add
several sprigs of gold berries. Glue small tin heart to center of
raffia bow. Glue large heart to lampshade dress.
- 10. Glue small raffia bows to top of toots; glue tin hearts in
center of bows.
- 11. Cut out two cardboard wings using Pattern B. Cut four wings
from Osnaburg fabric, adding 1/2" all around. Sandwich cardboard
wing between two fabric wings and lightly glue in center. Blanket
stitch around edges with black pearl cotton thread. Carefully
print saying (see Step 1) along edge of wings. Move all hair to
the front and glue wings to back of angel's head and dress. Style
hair; add satin bow.