Excited to post my first ever instructable! Hope you enjoy my take on Hedwig. Let me know if you have any questions. I would be more than happy to help.
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Step 1: Sketch Costume Design
Step 2: Gather Supplies
- 1 White sweater. (I purchased mine for $8 from Amazon)
- Black Leggings or pants
- 3 yards of white flannel (I used every scrap. if you want more feathers I would suggest getting more)
- Fabric Scissors
- Paper Scissors
- glue gun (if you don't want to sew a glue gun can be used for the whole project)
- felt in orange(beak of owl mask), white(owl mask), brown (Hedwig's feet)
- Needle and Thread (optional)
- sewing machine (optional)
- cutting board (optional)
rotary cutter (optional)
Step 3: Cut Out Fabric Wings
- Lay the Fabric on the ground
- Place Sweater on top of fabric
- Cute the fabric so that it reaches from one wrist of the sweater to the other.
- Save left over fabric for feathers
- If you want your wings to be symmetrical fold the fabric in half. Place in the center of the sweater and cut a curve that looks best to you. I cut a few times before settling on a design I liked.
- unfold fabric and place sweater on top. Make sure you like the look. if it is a little too short you can add longer feathers to make it look more full.
Step 4: Create Template and Cut Feathers
- Create a template for you feathers. I drew a one shape then traced is over and over in a line to create a larger template to work with. I left the top connecting the individual feathers to make sewing or hot glueing the pieces easier.
- Cute out strips of fabric that are a little bit taller than your template. (my template was about 4.5 inches so I cut my fabric is 5 inch tall and total length of the fabric)
- Trace template with pen onto fabric and cut out. No need to be a perfectionist. The feathers will all blend together and look great.
Step 5: Lay Out Feathers and Sew From Bottom Up
- Lay out all your feathers before sewing or glueing to make sure you have the look you want.
- Work from the bottom up. Sew or glue your pieces to the base fabric.
- I tried to alternate the points when lining up new fabric strips to give it a more organic look.
Step 6: Attach "Wings" to Sweater
- Flip over the finished wings and place the sweater on top
- Hot glue to the back of sweater or stitch with needle and thread every 3-4 inches along the top of sweater to tack the wings to the back of the sweater.
Step 7: Make Hedwig Felt Owl Mask
- Sketch out an owl mask template on paper.
- identify the distance between your eye and mark on paper
- Trace mask template on felt and cut out. (you may need to make som alterations depending on eye and nose placement)
- Cut scraps in strips with notches to go around the eyes of mask
- cut out a tear drop shape for Hedwig's beak.
- Hot glue eye fringe, head fluff, and beak to mask.
- Sew or glue ribbon to sides of mask. Cut to the dimensions of your head. Make sure you have enough to tie a ribbon in back.
Step 8: Cut and Attach Feet
- Create a foot template for Hedwig's feet
- Cut out of brown felt
- Attach with hot glue or sew to bottom of sweater
Optional: Roll up a piece of paper and glue to feet. It will look like Hedwig is making a delivery.
Step 9: Soar the Skies in Your New Hedwig Costume
You can now receive and make deliveries for Harry.
Runner Up in the
Book Character Costume Challenge