Rag Angels

Rag Angels
Rag Angels
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I have been making these rag angels for many years. Each of my children has one and they make wonderful gifts. I don't put faces on mine, but you can if you like. You should be able to find everything you need around the house.

You will need

Rags or fabric: t-shirts, muslin, denim, etc.
Styrofoam ball OR Sock OR stuffing OR newspaper
Rubber band
Glue (white)

Optional:
Ribbon, twine for decorating or hanging

Halo: Ric rac, Star garland, Ribbon
For wings: Paper bag, Lace, Burlap, Raffia, Book page, Scrapbook page, Wax paper

To Hold/Adorn: Jingle bells, Crystals, Buttons, Baskets, cones, stars {use your imagination!}


What you do

Tear/cut rags into strips. For a 2" diameter head 1" strips will work. For smaller angels, make the strips 1/2" +/-. If you are using a woven rag/fabric you should be able to easily tear your fabric...cut small slits along the selvage edge (the lengthwise finished edge of the fabric) and then grab both sides and tear...it should tear easily and the rough edges add to the character.

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If using a sock/crumpled newspaper: Turn the sock inside out and roll into a ball. You may wish to secure the "neck" to keep it from unrolling with a rubber band or tie. Start wrapping and overlapping the rags up and over the head, holding with the other hand at the "neck."

If using a styrofoam ball: Start wrapping and overlapping the rags up and over the head, holding with the other hand at the "neck."

2

When the head is covered and you are happy with the size/length of the angels body...you can continue to go over the pieces you have already used to give the angel a thicker body...tie off with a small piece of rag, ribbon {make it long enough so that you can tie on the wings and then knot it for a hanger} or use a rubber band to hold the fabric in place and the neck "in." {the rubber bands work well if you are doing this with kids}.

3

If using a rubber band, take a smaller piece and tie it around the neck to hide the rubber band {make it long enough so that you can tie on the wings and then knot it for a hanger}.

Gather, fold or ruffle your wings {i.e., if you are using paper, a fan fold will work, for fabric wings you may be able to just tie off the wings and they will "ruffle" or you can pleat them}.

4

Lay the angel face down, place the folded/gathered wings in the neck tie and then knot off the tie to hold the wings in place.

Then take the two ends of the ties and knot them together to form a loop for hanging.
 
Flip the angel over and take 2 to 3 strips on each side to create arms.  
Twist those strips together and then secure in front of the angel with a smaller tie or ribbon. You may trim the length of these strips once you are happy with the arms.

5

Choose your embellishment {bell, flower, crystal, etc.} and tie it to the angels hands {sing the tie you used to secure the arms). Now you can trim up the angels body length is desired and any other strings. Add halo {ric rac} and secure with glue. If desired, it is really fun to ad jingle bells onto the bottom of the strips that make up the body.

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About The Author

Holly Lefevre blogs about fun, crafty projects at 504 Main. This project used with permission.