Some of us believe in angels and some of us don’t.
Some of us like pretty things and some of us like sewing.
This Guardian angel sew along project is however for the ones who love angels, sewing and pretty things.
The guardian sew along project was inspired by a small calendar I bought a few years ago.
It had a guardian angel for every month together with a note on what guardian angels bring to our lives.
“The role of the guardian angel is both to guide us to good thoughts,works and words,
and to preserve us from evil.”
I decided to make an angel every month to remind me of the small, but important things in life. An angel to hang in my house to keep my company through the day.
I do hope that you will join me with my “Guardian Angel sew along project.”
12 Angels with 12 friendly faces, in your house might be all you need!
Guardian Angel sew along project – January
“This Guardian Angel brings us Peace and Prudence.”
This is indeed a wonderful gift to receive.
It is however, two small words with enormous responsibility. Especially at the beginning of the year with all our new year resolutions in mind……
What the dictionary says about these words:
Peace – “freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.”
“There is no path to peace – Peace is the path”
Prudence – “the quality of being prudent; cautiousness.”
Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place,
but far more difficult,
to leave unsaid the wrong thing
at the tempting moment
(- Benjamin Franklin)
This is something good to remember – especially in the first month of the year – back to school, back to work and all the craziness that comes along with that.
It is ok to receive peace and prudence as a gift, but that is not something you get and have for the rest of your life.
It is something to work on – constantly – every day. Seven days a week. 365 days a year.
How wonderful will it be if our guardian angel can guard our mouths all the time?
An ounce of Prudence is worth a pound of cleverness
(- Beltasar Gracian)
Or fill our heart with piece, although we might feel differently?
I Hope you more convinced now that you need a few guardian angels in your house and that you are going to join me in the Guardian Angel sew along project!
Download the free pattern to make your own Angel to support you in your new good year resolutions.
Small pieces of calico for the body
Small pieces of pretty fabric for the dress
Small pieces of wool for the hair
Batting or filling
Small piece of felt
Making the angel:
Follow the instructions on the pattern page.
The pattern pieces of the body was drawn onto the double layer fabric and sewn by machine.
Only after that – you can cut it out leaving enough seam allowance to make it strong.
The reason for doing it this way around, is to make it easier to handle the small pieces.
Beacause the angel is so small, take your time and work carefully.
You can not rush these delicate arms and legs.
Use enough stuffing to make the angel strong. Especially the neck.
The embroidery was done with stem stitch. I am not a hand embroidery expert, but luckily I had a sister to help with that.
If you do not have a wonderfull sister like me, here is an easy to follow stem stitch tutorial on:
Finish the dress first before doing the arms. This is just easier if the angel is so small.
Finish off the neckline, side seam and arms.
I covered the arms first with the sleeves and sew it altogether onto the body.
The hair was done with small pieces of wool and pulled through the head with a needle.
Once the small piece of wool is through, make both sides the same length and make a double knot.
Cover the whole head like this. Do not be in a rush with this part. Go and sit outside and do it while drinking tea and enjoying nature.
You can do the hair as thick as you want – but the thicker the prettier!
The loop to hang it, must be of the same wool as used for the hair, to make it less obvious.
Mother Theresa said – “Peace starts with a smile”
Therefor and angel must have a friendly smiling face.
Practise the face first on paper, before you draw it on the actual face.
I did mine with a black fine liner pen.
On the original picture of the angel, it held a small pot with a plant in it.
For me, it means that peace and prudence is something that must grow.
It grows as you work on it everyday. It is not something that you receive and it stays like that forever.
I made the pot out of a really small piece of felt.
Joined together with blanket-stitch.
The plant inside is just a few off-cuts of thin rope and a silver thread.
Sew the pot and hands together with small hand stitches.
I found a pretty little prayer that summarise peace and prudence quite well:
Lord, please teach me to speak the right words,
at the right time,
with the right tone,
that I may live peacefully with my neighbours.
Enjoy the guardian angel sew along project with me and I hope to see your angel soon!
Please share this with your friends.
The next angel will come along in February.