I bought Jeff a desk calendar that has daily paper airplane patterns on it. Jeff and Aidan have been making them every night and the house is littered with airplanes.
I decided to make a bag to hold the airplanes using some adorable paper airplane fabric. The bag was almost made last night until I thought, "Hmmm. I wonder if I can make a fabric airplane?" So off to the Internet I went and found this great site.
I was so hyped up because I already had what I needed to start - fabric stiffener. Sorry I don't have pictures of the process yet. I started this at about 11 PM.
Here are the basics:
- Find a template for what you are to make. This can be a paper airplane pattern or any paper origami pattern.
- Using a cotton woven fabric, cut it about 1 inch larger all the way around than your template.
- Spill some of this stiffy stuff onto the fabric on a washable surface. I used a flexible cutting board.
- Use something to spread the stiff stuff so that it penetrates the fabric as well as scrapes off the excess. I used a thinner cardboard but I think something like an old credit card would work great. Perhaps a bone folder. I thoroughly coated the fabric on both sides so use more stiff stuff as you work it through.
- You need to dry this on something that will allow air to circulate around it. The owner of the Fabric Origami site uses a window screen kit. She also recommends a sweater drying rack. I used a fruit and vegetable basket/strainer thingy that is flat on the bottom. If you see any glue lines, dampen a lint-free cloth and wipe.
- Let dry. I did this overnight so I don't know how long it should have taken.
- Iron fabric on a high setting with steam. Let cool. It will be limp initially and then stiffen right up.
- Jeff helped me with the rest. We placed the paper airplane pattern right on top of the fabric and cut around it. Then we started making the folds.
- After each fold, we ironed the airplane and let it cool before making the next fold. We kept doing it until complete.
- If you make a mistake, don't worry! Just steam iron and refold.
- The stiff stuff didn't seem to rub off on my iron or ironing board but I think I am going to clean my iron just in case. Fabric Origami gal recommended using rubbing alcohol.
We have the airplane to Aidan and it flew! Perhaps it was a little more leaden than a regular one but it is pretty nifty.
I plan to make a garland of these and will post the process.