Burlap/muslin vintage angel ornaments

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 5" to 7" tall


  • Fabric scraps: muslin; white or ecru burlap
  • Small white or ecru vintage doily, one per ornament
  • White or ecru satin ribbon
  • Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting (The Warm Co.)
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Fibers: jewelry hemp cord; white or ecru embroidery floss; white or ecru sewing thread
  • Rusty tin wire
  • Americana Acrylic Paints: Antique White; Country Red; Lamp Black; Sable Brown (DecoArt)


  • Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive (Beacon Adhesives)
  • Needles: sewing; embroidery
  • Wire cutters
  • Strong brewed tea and small bowl

Pattern - Burlap/Muslin Vintage Angel Ornaments

  • 1. Print and cut out patterns. For each angel, transfer body pattern to muslin. Pin first piece of muslin to a second piece and hand-sew along pattern outline, leaving 1-1/2" opening on straight side for turning. Cut out angel, 1/4" from stitching. Turn body right side out. Firmly stuff body; sew opening closed.
  • 2. Paint body Antique White; let dry. Dry brush body edges Sable Brown. To dry brush, dip dry paintbrush bristle tips into paint then rub paint off onto paper towel until nearly dry; wipe brush along project edges. Dry brush angel's cheeks Country Red, using an even drier brush and moving bristles in small, circular motion. Use handle end of paintbrush or toothpick to dot eyes Lamp Black. Let dry
  • 3. To make halo, cut 5" length from wire. Bend one wire end into 1-1/2" circle, wrapping 1/2" of wire back around straight "stem" to secure. Use fingers to flatten circle into an oval with stem at center. Glue stem end to top center back of angel.
  • 4. Tea dye doily and ribbon by soaking items in strong tea until desired shade is achieved; air dry items to give more aged look.
  • 5. For gown, cut slit across center of doily large enough to fit body. Place gown on angel and tie neck closed with ribbon; trim ends. Spot-glue gown to body and ribbon to gown to secure.
  • 6. Cut two wings from batting. Use three strands floss and embroidery needle to blanket stitch layers together. Glue to top back of gown.
  • 7. For hair, pull nine strands from edge of burlap. Trim eight strands to 4" long and bundle together; tie center with ninth strand. Glue hair to head.
  • 8. To make hanger, cut 10" length from hemp cord; tie center around top of halo and knot ends.