How to Make a Feather Shrug

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How to Make a Feather Shrug
Feathers make an affordable and luxurious addition to your wardrobe. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Making your own feathered shrug is an affordable and fashionable way to cover your shoulders and make a statement. With the right supplies you can create and customise a shrug that will look like expensive couture. Choose from an array of feathers for a look that's all you own. Your shrug can be warn over a dress or paired with a tank top and jeans for a casual look.

Skill level:
Challenging

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Things you need

  • Feathers
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric
  • Measuring Tape
  • Interfacing
  • Compass
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the tape measure around the top portion of your body, wrapping around your upper arms, back and chest. Record this number. Measure and write down the width of your neck. Add 4 inches to the number from your arm, back and chest measurement. This number will be the diameter of your shrug.

  2. 2

    Make an oval shape with your measuring tap with your arm, back, and chest measurement. Trace the oval onto a large piece of fabric. Cut the oval out with scissors.

  3. 3

    Trace your oval on another piece of fabric and a piece of interfacing. Cut the ovals out with scissors. Using a compass, draw a circle on a piece of paper the circumference of your neck measurement. Cut the circle out with scissors.

  4. 4

    Fold the paper circle, and fabric ovals in half. Measure 3 inches from the top corner of the fabric oval. Place your half circle on this spot. The curve of the circle and the oval should be facing the same direction.

  5. 5

    Trace the outline of the half circle onto the fabric oval. Cut the circle out with scissors. Measure 3 inches from the top corner of the second fabric oval. Place your half circle on this spot. The curve of the circle and the oval should be facing the same direction.

  6. 6

    Trace the outline of the half circle onto the fabric oval. Cut the circle out with scissors. Measure 3 inches from the top corner of the interfacing oval. Place your half circle on this spot. The curve of the circle and the oval should be facing the same direction.

  7. 7

    Place one fabric oval on a flat surface backside down. Top the oval with the oval interfacing. Top the oval interfacing with the second piece of oval fabric, face down. You should have a sandwich of two pieces of fabric with interfacing in the middle. All three layers will have a neck hole.

  8. 8

    Cut a line through all three layers of fabric from the short side of the circle to make an opening for the shrug to fit around your neck. Pin the edges of your shrug for sewing.

  9. 9

    Sew a 1/4-inch hem line around all edge of your shrug. Be sure to round off any square corners with your sewing machine. Leave a 3-inch gap unsewn for flipping right-side out.

  10. 10

    Flip your shrug right-side out. Create a whip stitch to close and secure the opening in your shrug. Iron your shrug flat.

  11. 11

    Cut two 6-inch pieces of 1-inch ribbon. Sew each piece of ribbon to the backside of the shrug open. This ribbons will be used to tie your shrug around your neck.

  12. 12

    Starting at the bottom of your shrug, begin pinning feathers to your shrug. Start with one line of feathers around the bottom of your shrug. Sew this first layer of feathers in place.

  13. 13

    Pin a second over lapping layer of feathers about 2 inches above your bottom layer. Sew in place. Pin and sew layers of feathers until your entire shrug is covered in feathers.

  14. 14

    Cut the top stems off the final row of feathers. Pin in place and sew to your shrug. Finish the shrug by cutting any loose threads.

Tips and warnings

  • Blend the thread into your feathers by choosing a matching coloured thread.
  • Only adults should operate sewing machines.

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