My 11 year old daughter LOVES the Wings of Fire book series. She even chose Wings of Fire as the theme for her most recent birthday party and we had so much fun planning dragon themed food, activities, and decorations. She also got the opportunity to dress up like her favorite book character at school during Spirit Week, and of course, she asked me to make her a Kinkajou (from Wings of Fire) costume.
If I’m being honest, I’m not great with a sewing machine, but I can get by, so I set out to make a pair of dragon wings out of pink and yellow felt for my girl. I used a couple of pieces of poster board for the template and tailored it to fit my daughter, who is about 4 ft 10 inches tall. If you are making your own set of dragon wings for your favorite Wings of Fire fan, you’ll also want to purchase some dark pink thread to match the felt, as well as some elastic to attach to the arm portion of the costume. #CommissionsEarned
I have included a detailed pic of my template with the measurements I used to create the wings.
Start by tracing your wings onto the yellow felt. I traced one side up and then turned it over to trace the other side.
Cut out your left and right wings.
Now modify your template to include the pink panels. My triangles left a 1 inch border around and a 2 inch border along the middle to account for the fold that you will sew together to create the middle with the spikes and tail.
Use your triangles as templates to cut your pink pieces.
Trace and cut a second set of pink panels for the other wing.
Cut your spikes out of the pink felt and set aside for later.
Once all of your pieces are cut out, you can assemble your wings. Simply lay the pink pieces over the yellow and pin them in place.
Using your matching pink thread, sew the pink triangular panels to the yellow wings, one wing at a time.
Pin your spikes, folding the wings over each other so that the spikes are in the middle.
Sew a straight stitch all the way along, connecting your two wings with the spikes inside.
Add a little pink triangle to the end of the tail for the finishing touch.
Sew some elastic loops to the ends of your wings that will fit around your child’s wrists. You can also add some elastic to the shoulder area. We chose to safety pin the wings along my daughter’s shoulders and neck to a yellow t-shirt, which worked really well.
My attempt at adding some sparkly pink eye shadow around my daughter’s eyes, made her look more like she had pink eye than dragon eyes, haha, but all in all, she was thrilled to show up to school for Spirit Day as Kinkajou, the pink and yellow dragon from her favorite book series.
For more Wings of Fire fun, check out my daughter’s 11th birthday party post: