How to make… a feather col­lar

Mollie Makes (US) - - FEATHER -


¼ yrd cot­ton fab­ric Yarn Nee­dle & thread Pins Scis­sors Fab­ric glue Feath­ers But­ton, brooch, or other em­bel­lish­ment Hol­i­day par­ties are the per­fect place to add ex­tra oomph to your at­tire. This Peter-Pan col­lar makes a great frilly ad­di­tion to a solid-col­ored party dress paired with a warm cardi­gan. We used dyed al­mond feath­ers from a Ring­neck Pheas­ant in this tu­to­rial. You could use almost any small feather – pea­cock plumage, guinea feath­ers, or goose satinettes would all look lovely! 01 Us­ing the pat­tern on page

86, cut out two col­lar shapes. 02 Pin the two col­lar pieces to­gether with right sides fac­ing. With a ½ " seam al­lowance, sew around the col­lar, but leave the

ends open. Th­ese open gaps will al­low you to flip the col­lar right sides out.

03 Cut small tri­an­gles into the

seam al­lowances. Pink­ing

shears would work well, but reg­u­lar shears will do. This will help your seams lay flat when pressed.

04 Pull the col­lar right sides out. Fold the un­sewn ends in­ward (about ¼") and press the en­tire col­lar flat. Place a dab of glue inside the pressed ends to se­cure them. 05 Be­gin ar­rang­ing the

feath­ers onto the col­lar. Start by glu­ing the first row at the bot­tom edge of the col­lar and work up­ward in rows. Smudge

a small dab of fab­ric glue onto the col­lar to at­tach each feather. As with many feath­ers, the dyed

al­mond pheas­ant feath­ers we used in this project have fluffy parts along the end of the quill, so we stripped that off leav­ing just the smooth, pretty tips.

06 Braid mul­ti­ple strands of yarn to cre­ate a 15" length. You can use a tra­di­tional three-strand

braid, or get cre­ative with more elab­o­rate styles like the four

strand braid shown here. Tie off each end and trim, leav­ing a bit of tas­sel. There are lots of great braid­ing or macramé tech­nique tu­to­ri­als on­line – find some­thing new and chal­lenge your­self!

07 Us­ing plenty of fab­ric glue, press the braid to the in­ner edge of the col­lar. Make sure the parts that hang off for ty­ing in the back are equal in length.

08 Add ad­di­tional em­bel­lish­ments to the cen­ter of the col­lar for ex­tra sass. We used a fancy

but­ton. A vin­tage brooch or ear­ring or even a small bow of rib­bon or yarn would look great, too! Now wear with pride as you at­tract ad­mir­ing glances!

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