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I decided to freeze some food coloring in ice cube trays. Then I cut one yard of muslin fabric and laid it out in a giant tub. I threw the food coloring ice cubes on the fabric and let the kids play and draw on the fabric. It was a hot day, but it still took some time for the ice and color to melt all over the fabric to create watercolored fabric. (I decided to use food coloring because it was safer for the kids and I don’t plan on washing the resulting fabric.)
The kids really enjoyed playing with the color and the ice. It was so fun to see them experience ice melting and coloring their own fabric.
Once the fabric was completely dry, I cut out two wing shapes from the fabric. I also cut out the wing shape from a very stiff sew-in interfacing and some batting. I sewed the lace around the edge of one watercolor fabric wing. Then I layered the watercolor fabric with lace, the other watercolor fabric, the batting, and then the interfacing. I sewed around the edges with a small seam allowance and left a place for turning.
Then I turned the wings right side out and topstitched around the edges to close the hole and make the lace stand out. Then I did some simple quilting to give the wings some details. Lastly, I added two elastic shoulder straps for wearing. here are some ideas for finding elastic to reuse. The straps are much too long for my daughter, but they are perfect for years of dressups. Whenever I see it, it’ll remind me about having adventures with my kids and helping their imagination grow.