Clothespin Fairies

Clothespin Fairies

I can remember as a young girl spending hours in the summer creating outfits for a family of trolls I had. I would loved to have been given the supplies to make a family of fairies! After I created these winged creatures, I was excited to have the grandbabies over and pull out the supplies and let them create their own fairies. I know our new fairies will be frequent visitors in The Thicket!!

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MATERIALS NEEDED:

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  • fabric*
  • thread or floss
  • roving or yarn
  • pipe cleaners
  • clothespin and stand
  • marker or paint for face
  • optional: paint for body

*One day I found these pieces of beautiful fabric on sale at our local craft shop. As soon as I saw them I thought “fairies”! These fabrics are organza with glitter. The colors were beautiful and the white shouted “fairy wings”. Of course you can use any fabric scraps you have around the house, but I loved how translucent these fairies are.


 

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Pixie and Fairy making their first clothespin fairies. They have plans to make many more! I made one along with them and demonstrated each step but they made them on the own. The only thing I helped them with was the hair, but I know next time they will handle it on their own.


DIRECTIONS:

If you wish to paint the body do so now. You may choose to use natural skin tones or make your fairies any color you wish. They are fantasy creatures after all! I used soy paint. I like it in part because it dries so fast.

Cut pieces of fabric for the dress and wings 6″ x 4″. The organza is slippery. I found it easiest to cut the pieces using a rotary cutter. If children are making this project with you, I suggest you cut out the pieces of fabric and allow them to pick and choose their own colors.

Begin by making the dress. With right sides together bring the long 6″ sides of the dress together. Using a piece of thread or 1 strand of floss, sew the side seam together about 1/4″ from the edge. I used a running stitch, stopping every 1″ or so to add a tack stitch. This will stop the seam from gathering.

When you are done, turn the tube you just created right side out.

Pick one edge of the tube to be the top. As you begin to sew, turn the top edge under about 1/4″ toward the inside of the tube. This will give you a nice fold line at the neckline instead of a raw edge.

Beginning at the back seam, and using 2 strands of thread or floss, sew all around the top using a running stitch. Do NOT tack as you sew. You will be gathering this seam and you need to be able to pull the thread freely.

When you’ve gone all the way around, gather up the seam so it fits on your thumb.

Now slide the dress over the clothes pin, pulling the thread taut. Tie off the thread so the dress is tight around the neck. Disperse the gathers so they are even around the fairy’s body.

At this point I like to set the fairy in her stand. I make sure the back seam of the dress is in line with the long opening of the clothespin. These become the fairy’s legs.

To make the fairy’s arms, begin by gently fold the pipe cleaner in half.

Tightly place the pipe cleaner around the fairy’s neck with the center of the pipe cleaner centered on the front of the fairy. While holding the pipe cleaner in place, tightly twist the ends of the pipe cleaner 2 times making sure the arms are firmly in place. When they are tight enough, you shouldn’t be able to slide the pipe cleaner around on the neck.

To make an arm, fold one of the arms in half, leaving an unbent loop where the hand will be.

Twist the pipe cleaner until the whole length is twisted except for the bottom loop of the hand.

Do the other side. If you would like you can wrap the arms in floss creating “sleeves”. I do not do that to my fairies but use your imagination 🙂

Now bend the pipe cleaners at the elbow and bring the hands forward.

To make the wings, fold the winds in half length wise. Using scissors cut and arch at the top of the fabric. Do the same to the other side. When you open the fabric, the ends will have a scalloped edge. This is just 1 suggestion for cutting the wings. (The girls were much more creative with their wing shapes. They practiced on a 4″ x 6″ piece of paper. When they were happy with a design we used the paper as a pattern to cut out their wings.)

Fold the wings in half width wise. The opened scalloped edges should be touched. Finger press along the fold line. This will become your stitching line.

Using 2 strands of floss or thread, sew a running stitch along the pressed fold line.

Gather the seam tightly and tie off the ends. Do NOT cut the thread.

Positioning the wings on the center back of the fairy, tack the wings on. I like to slide my needle under the pipe cleaner at the neck to give it more strength.

Use your imagination when making hair. For my 2 fairies I using wool roving which I twisted and needle felted. By twrilling and wrapping I created a bun.

Put glue inside the hair and add it to the fairy. Again, you can make long hair out of the roving or glue yarn directly to the fairy’s head. But creative!

Add a simple face to the fairy. NOTE: I used a permanent marker on my fairies. You can see that in places the ink “bleed” and followed the grain line of the wood. The next time I make these I will use a small brush and acrylic paint to prevent the ink from bleeding.

Finally, you can give your fairies something to hold. In the fairy below I stacked some ornamental buttons together, brought her hands together, and sewed the bouquet to the fairy, tacking both hands together at the same time.

For this fairy I needle felted roving to make another bouquet. Here’s another change to really personalize your fairy.


Done! Now make enough fairies to create a fairy ring!

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Kimara

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