A couple of Golden Snitches (from the Quidditch game in Harry Potter) made their way into the Christmas gifting this year. I took the proportions of the six sided ball template I usually use and did a little math to size it down by about a third. You can’t tell very well in the picture because there is nothing to scale it to, but it is a distinctly smaller version of the six sided ball that I usually make.
I bought a small amount of gold fabric from JoAnn’s to make the ball, and then I used a bit of leftover gold fabric I had in my stash to make the wings. The wings ended up being harder to execute than I thought they would be. I couldn’t sew wrong sides together and then turn it inside out like you do when making a pillow because the interfacing that I ironed on was too stiff. The fabric was so thin and silky it had to have interfacing or it would have frayed into a pile of threads before I finished sewing it. So I ended up doing a tiny zig-zag stitch all the way around the edge of the wings, sort of like sewing applique, in order to make it work. There is also a layer a cotton quilt batting in the wings, to make the feather detailing stand out.
I’m not sure how durable these balls will be if they get thrown around a bunch, but I hope my niece have fun with them. It was fun to think up something new to make that was a little out of the ordinary. The shape of the wings could probably use some tweaking if I make more of these in the future, but overall I am satisfied with the results. I think each of these snitches cost less than a dollar to make, since everything was leftover scraps except for the new fabric I bought for the main ball part, and I only had to buy a 2 inch wide strip of that.
Stay tuned for more Christmas gift projects coming next week. Have a great weekend and stay warm!