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Hanky Church Angel Doll
(or Guardian Hanky Angel)
This little angel can also be a Guardian Angel. During sickness perhaps she could bring a little comfort.
Use a crisp men's handkerchief, about 18" square. Fold over about 5". Tear off a fluffy piece of fiberfill about the size of a tennis ball or a little smaller. Squish it smaller and tie it in the center of the handkerchief for the head as shown below. To get it perfectly centered first mark the center with a pin, otherwise the wings may be off center. Tie the head off with a piece of narrow ribbon about 18" long. This is temporarily tied in a bow but will be used more later.
Bring the very tip corner of each side (shown by an X above) to the FRONT as shown below, (so you'll be flipping the handkerchief). Overlap and tack the corner tips together, which is the center of her arms/wings. Glue or sew on lace along the bottom of her skirt as desired.
The next part is really tricky. The left wing below has been formed. Grab at the X below and flip to the the back and then gather it up to the center. The wing will puff out like the left and now she will have a waist. Note: The wing may have gotten pulled out a little in the picture below so look at the above picture too.
Untie the bow and bring the ribbon ends to the back. Twist it down her back and then tie around her waist to hold the gathered waist in place. Tie in a knot before making the bow. See backs of dolls below.
Gather the arms a little and tack them to her chest.
Tack on a bouquet, gathered lace, ribbon, etc. for her to hold. I used a left-over piece of lace (8 or 9 inches long) from the bottom and gathered it to look like a big rose and tacked a pink bow below it. Add a gathered ring of lace or a ring of pearl beads for the halo. Please be age conscious of the child... such as don't put beads on a doll for a toddler.
Sometimes the preacher
So I'm your own little angel
We'll even go on fantasy trips
My angel keeps me out of trouble
We sing the hymns together
I know you've not been feeling well,