One of the folk dances is traditionally done with sticks. These are beautifully decorated and traditionally made of wood.
|Traditional Dandiya source|
Today I'm going to show you how to make 'stuffed dandiya'. Since my kids are so young (and maybe a little too rambunctious), I'm not about to hand them a pair of wooden dowels each and let them go to town.
I came up with these 'stuffed fabric dandiya as a solution. I'll go over how to construct the dandiya today, and on Friday, we'll go over tips on decorating. This method is also a great way to make stuffed wands, septors, or batons for Halloween.
Don't sew? No problem! I'll give tips below on how to do this without picking up a needle or thread.
- 2 fabric rectangles 5 inches by 13 inches
- polyester stuffing (I used Morning Glory fiberfill)
- ribbon and trim
- saftey pin
- hand sewing kit
- Fabric Glue (optional)
Getting Started:Fold the rectangle in half long ways, so the pretty side of the fabric is on the inside. Sew own the long edge to create a long inside out tube.
*No-sew: You can use fabric glue or stitch witchery to make this seam if you don't have a sewing machine.
Close One End:First fold the fabric in about half an inch, and finger press to mark the crease.
No sew: Simply glue this end shut after folding in half an inch. (Skip the next two steps, and go on to stuffing.)
StuffThis is by far the hardest part of the project. The easiest way would be to get your kids to do it for you. Both my kids think polyester filling is really yummy, so it wasn't an option for me.
I used polyester filling and a knitting needle to tamp down the stuffing as much as I could. The firmer it is, the better.
Once you are about an inch from the end of the dandiya, finish the edge with the same running stitch technique.
I know they don't look like much yet, but they'll look fabulous once we decorate them on Friday!