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Teeny Tiny
Faerie Flora


© 2002 Allison Marano / Faewyck Studios

This tiny 5" fairy is just waking up from her slumber inside a cloth lily flower.

Supplies:

  • General sewing supplies
  • 5 X 10" piece flesh colored cotton for doll
  • 8 X 10" piece fabric for nightgown
  • 6 X 18" piece 100% cotton for flower
  • 4 X 8" piece 100% cotton for leaves
  • 5 X 16" piece organza for wings
  • (7) 18" pieces 22 gauge cloth wrapped florist wire ( green)
  • florist's stem wrap tape (green)
  • 1 yd 32 gauge cloth wrapped florist wire
  • wire cutters
  • polyester fiberfill
  • stuffing tool(s)
  • hemostats
  • (1) 6mm chenille stem
  • colored pencils, fabric markers for painting face
  • dimensional fabric paint for embellishing flower and wings
  • hair fibers of choice
  • fabric glue (clear drying)
  • small paint brush
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Lily Flower:

Fold fabric in half with RST. Lay petal template on dbld fabric. Trace around. Mark opening. Repeat so you'll have six separate petals.

Sew on tracing line around each petal. Leave open where marked. Cut out leaving an 1/8" seam allowance around stitching. Turn each petal to right side with hemostats. Press. Stitch or glue openings closed.

On outside, sew in two rows of stitching about 1/8" apart in center of each petal from base to tip, to form casing for wire. With a large needle or awl, poke a hole into the casing at base of each petal. Take an 18" piece of the 22 ga wire and insert into hole and push the wire through casing until end reaches tip. Repeat for each petal.

Bunch the petals together at the base and wrap all the wires with the stem wrap tape from the base of flower down to ends of wire to form stem.

Arrange the separate petals so each overlaps the other slightly at the base. Tack or glue together. Bend the wire within each petal so the whole form has a cup shape and the petals recurve at the tips. Dot on spots with fabric paint.

To form the filaments and anthers of the flower, cut 32 gauge cloth wrapped wire into 6 separate 6" pieces. Bend tips over on each to form a kind of hook shape for the anthers.

Build up layers of dimensional fabric paint over the "hook" to cover the wire and make them appear as if they were laden with pollen. Let dry.
Twist all the filaments together at base and insert down into center of flower. Puddle a little fabric glue down into the base of the flower to help hold the filaments in place.

Leaves

Fold leaf fabric in half with RST. Lay leaf template on dbld fabric and trace around. Repeat for one more leaf. Sew on tracing line around each leaf, leaving open where marked.

Cut out using 1/8" seam allowance around stitching. Turn to right side with hemostats. Glue or stitch openings closed. Sew in the casing for wire like you did for the petals. Insert wire into each leaf. Attach leaves to main stem of flower by holding leaf base against stem and wrapping leaf wires to the stem with stem wrap tape. Bend leaves as desired. Set flower aside.

Doll

Fold body fabric in half with RST. Lay head, body, and arm templates on dbld fabric and trace around each template.

Sew on tracing lines, leaving open where marked on each piece. Cut out, leaving 1/8" seam allowance around stitching. Cut very close to stitching around thumbs. Clip seam allowance right up to the stitching in the "U" where the thumb meets hand, and in the crook of elbow on bent arm.

Use hemostats to turn each piece to right side. (You may want to use tube turners to turn the thumbs first, before turning the rest of arm.)

Stuff head and body by inserting stuffing through openings until uniformly filled and firm. Close openings with ladder stitch.

Lightly draw facial features on stuffed head with pencils and pens.

Seal face with spray fixative and set aside.

Arms

Stuff thumb on the straight arm. Stuff palm lightly. Cut a chenille stem 1" shorter than arm length and insert. Stuff around stem until arm is filled and firm. Close opening with ladder stitch.

Press the bent arm flat. Top stitch from crook of elbow to the dot. Stuff thumb. Stuff palm lightly. Cut a chenille stem 1/2" shorter than the measurement from fingertips to elbow. Insert stem into lower arm. Stuff around stem. Close opening in lower arm. Stuff upper arm. Close opening and set aside.

Gown and sleeves

Cut a square of fabric 5 X 6". Press under 1/4" on the 6" side and sew a row of gathering stitches on the turned under edge. Sew the 5" sides together to form a tube. Slip on body with seam in back and gathers across chest. Pull up gathering threads and distribute fullness evenly. Stitch to body across top of gown at gathers, front and back.

To make sleeves, place sleeve template on dbld fabric. Trace around. Cut out on tracing lines. Make a yo-yo for each sleeve by turning under 1/8" all around edge of each circle and hand sewing in a gathering thread.

Tack the center of each circle onto the very end of upper arm. Pull up gathering threads and poof out sleeve. Stitch to arm at gathers.

Pin arms to shoulders so it looks like she's stretching. Stitch top of arms on to shoulders right through the sleeve fabric.

Make a small slit in head back right behind the seam at chin. Form cavity in head with hemostats. Twist head down over neck stub. Attach with ladder stitch.

Stitch on pre-wefted hair or attach hair fibers to head with glue or felting needles.

Wings

Take a length of 32 gauge cloth wrapped wire and bend it all around the drawn wing outline to make the basic form. Twist wire together in middle and cut away any excess length from wire. Lay the piece of organza flat on plastic wrap. Hold the wire wing form by the center in one hand, and carefully apply a coating of fabric glue with a brush to the entire form. Try to apply the glue to one side of wire only. Set wing form tacky side down on the organza and lightly press, making sure all areas of wire have firm contact with the fabric. Let dry. Peel the wing form and fabric off the plastic wrap, and carefully cut excess fabric from around the wire. Cut right up against the wire. Embellish with dimensional fabric paint or a wax/oil based crayon to make the veins. Use a paintbrush to dab fabric paint on the wing edges to help hide wire. Let dry thoroughly.

Tack the wings to fairy at upper back.

Finishing

Bend the filaments of the flower out of the way. Pull length of nightgown up around bottom of torso. Bend lower wings in around body and set the doll down into flower. Let the extra length of the gown puddle around the body inside the flower. Push down and arrange the excess to form a nest.

If you want to fix the fairy into the flower permanently, lift her back out and coat lower torso with fabric glue. Push her back in and press down firmly until glue sets. Bend the six filaments into a pleasing arrangement around the fairy. Trim stem of flower to desired length.

Drill a hole in the center of a pre painted wood base and wedge stem into hole for display, or you can skip the base and add her to other silk or dried flower arrangements for fun.

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