Angelina Angels

Use one of Bonnie’s Angels to stitch a freestanding applique that can be glued onto a candle or a glass-sided lantern.

Picture of Nativity embroidery designs on candles at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

If you liked the organza nativity candles we made using Bonnie’s Nativity set, you will love this project, too.

Picture of machine embroidered Angel with stars at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

I used Bonnie’s Angels set, number eight to be exact, and created a freestanding applique that can be glued onto a battery-operated candle or a glass-sided lantern. A lantern was my first choice, but the glass panel wasn’t large enough for the angel.

Picture of angelina hot fix crystals on parchment paper at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Angelina hot fix crystals add a beautiful pearlized metallic shimmer to the angel background. Create a layer of Angelina by sprinkling some hot-fix fibers onto a pressing sheet. I used a sheet of parchment paper. A little bit of the fibers goes a long way; you can always add more if you feel it is too sheer.

Picture of parchment paper folded in half and iron fusing angelina hot fix crystals at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Just fold the parchment paper in half and press with a satin setting to fuse. The result is a delicate piece of pearly, shiny fibers.

Picture of fused Angelina fibers hooped with water soluble stabilizer and organza at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Hoop a layer of water-soluble stabilizer and add a layer of organza for a base underneath the Angelina. A temporary spray adhesive will help hold the sheer layers in place while stitching. Baste in the hoop and use a 70/10 or 75/11 needle and stitch all but color three (stars).

Picture of Angel with Angelina fibers removed from hoop at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

When stitching is done, remove everything from the hoop. Trim close to stitching with very fine-point scissors. Rinse away most of the WSS, soak excess water away between layers of paper towel, and let the piece dry.

Picture of angel drying on towel after water soluble stabilizer removed at Sew Inspired by Bonnie.

When dry, apply a tacky glue to the back of the angel and glue it onto a candle or onto glass. The result is so pretty, you may want to make more!

Debbie Henry
Sew Inspired by Bonnie

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  • Debbie Henry - January 01, 2024

    Glad it gave you an idea, Carol!

  • Carol Todd - December 05, 2023

    what a cool idea! I have bunches of Angelina Fibers and wandered all the things I might make with them. You’ve inspired me! Thank you!

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