Feathered Boa or Hip Wrap


Project Overview

You can add so may easy, sparkling Sulky highlisghts to any outfit with your Serger and a little imagination.


  • Fabric:
    You may choose to make your "feathered-boa" either from different colors (as we have done), from two colors, or just one color. Make it out of 100% cotton fine rib knit, interlock poly-cotton rib knit or wool rib knit.
    The yardages are as follows:

    Multi-Color Boa:
    1/2 yd. solid color for base
    1/4 yd. of 4 different colors for feathers

    Two Color Boa:
    1/2 yd. solid color for base
    1/2 yd. of 2 different colors for feathers

    One Color Boa:
    1-1/2 yd. of one color - includes base and feathersfor base

  • Serger & Sewing Machine - Size 14 ballpoint needle
  • Sulky threads to match or contrast - 30 wt. or 40 wt.
    Rayon and/or Metallic added to loopers for more glitz
  • Sulky Polyester Invisible Thread - optional
  • Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pen & Plain Paper
  • Pencil & Pattern Tracing Paper or Stabilizer
  • Dressmakeer's Scissors & Small thread Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sulky Solvy™ Water Soluble Stabilizer - optional

How To Assemble

  1. With a Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pen, trace pattern for the feather from the pattern sheet onto a plain piece of paper. Transfer the design onto the fabric you chose for the feathers; re-ink transfer as needed to get 72-80 feathers. Cut out feathers.
  2. Set Serger for rolled hem with Sulky Rayon Thread to match fabric in the needle and upper looper, and invisible thread in the lower looper. Roll Hem the edges of each feather, stretching fabric as you serge; change thread colors when fabric color changes.

    Hint: If you have Differential Feed on your Serger, for maximum ripples set it a .07 and stretch the feathers as you are serging. If too much fabric is poking through the stitches, lay a strip of Sulky Solvy over the edges as you stitch to "seal" the fibers and prevent the "pokies"; alternate methods are to stitch over the edges a second time or use two threads in the upper looper.

  3. With a pencil, trace the base from the pattern sheet onto pattern paper or stabilizer. Pin the pattern of the base onto base fabric and cut out. Serge edges with Sulky Thread (in needles and loopers) to match. This stitch can be a 3 thread stitch and not a rolled hem.
  4. Thread up your sewing machine with Sulky Thread to match fabric on top and invisible thread in the bobbin. Attach gathering foot. Stitch down center of each feather. Or simply make a couple of pleats in each feather before you stitch it onto the base. This gives a more feathery appearance.
  5. With a straight stitch on the sewing machine, begin attaching the feathers starting at the center of the base fabric. After stitching on a feather, lift up the edge of it so you can stitch the next one close to it. Continue stitching on feathers to the end of the base. Return to the center and stitch feathers to the other end. Make sure that the entire base is covered and there are no bare spots, or that it is covered as fully as desired.
    Wear it with a smile!
For the patterns we are providing them as downloads from the browser by clicking the image below. You may then click each image section and then print the pattern that appears or you may save the images to your local hard drive. The patterns are scaled to fit onto 8-1/2" X 11" pieces of paper, though they might have to be rotated. Each piece of the pattern is downloaded separately and trimmed and combined with the other pattern pieces to construct the full sized pattern. 

If you wish to save to your hard drive proceed as follows: 

PC users - right click on each image and select "save this image as..." in the pop up menu. 

Mac users - control click to bring up the popoup menu and then select "save this image as...".