How to make… a feather collar
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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