Birthday Crown {Or Dress Up, too!}

Posted on Apr 17 2013 - 2:00pm by Traci
I’d like to introduce you all to my new partner in crime, Traci! She is my good friend and sister in law and is going to write a blog post from time to time whenever she feels she has something awesome to share. This is her first post (and it’s awesome!) so give her lots of love! If you want to learn more about Traci, check out her about me.

My little lady turned one a few days ago! AH! Really!? So we did a sweet little party with friends at the park {more on that later}. I wanted to make her a pretty little headband, but the little miss will NOT keep them on. She will wear hair bows, but not headbands. {But really, who can blame her? Headbands are so super uncomfortable} Anyway! I saw a few different lace/felt crowns, and decided to make one up that could also be put in our dress up box for later! It was super simple, and I used things I already had in my craft mess {er…box}.

So here’s what you need:

Felt {I used two different colors, just for funsies, and that is what I had. I got these two sheets at Michael’s for 50 cents, but I know you can also get felt at fabric stores by the yard, and then you wouldn’t need to piece it.
Good sewing scissors. No joke, when you cut felt, bring out the fabric scissors, paper ones won’t cut it {ha!}
Needle and thread {I used regular sewing machine thread, and layered it, but getting thicker thread would be a good idea, I just wanted to use what I had on hand}
Measuring Tape
Glue Gun {optional}

Step One: Measure your little ones head. My little girl is one and her head is about 19 inches. {we do have big heads in our family though, so I suggest you measure it for yourself!}

Step Two: Trace the pattern onto your felt {I used my pattern on two pieces of felt twice {traced it on twice} and then sewed them together using a cute stitch {coming up next} if you have one piece of felt, just trace it as long as you need it, and adjust the pattern accordingly.}The above picture is an example of my pattern, you can get itย here!

Step Three: Cut out the felt!

Step Four: Connect the two pieces of felt using what is called “the blanket stitch”. Make sure to layer your thread. You want the stitch to show up on the felt, so you need to have a few layers. I had four strands as I hand sewed it and I think it was just right. Layer your thread four times and knot at the bottom, and then make sure all four strands go through your needle eye.

Here are a few different tutorials I used for the blanket stitch. It’s really simple once you get the hang of it, and looks so darling!

First is a video, because I need to SEE it happening sometimes:

Blanket Stitch Video

and another link that is pictures {if that is easier for you!}

Blanket Stitch Instructions

I sewed this blanket stitch to connect the crown together, and to make it decorative {Do this same stitch around the top spikes and around the bottom.}

I then sewed on a sweet little heart {Cut out of felt} And a button. I think the number for their birthday would be really cute, too. I sewed AND hot glued the heart and button on because my little one loves to tear things apart, but sewing it on would probably be just fine.

Happy Sewing! ๐Ÿ™‚ {Let me know if you have any questions!}
Traci

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  1. Julia of A Dose of Jules April 21, 2013 at 3:31 am - Reply

    very cute idea! My kiddies are older, but this will be fun to do with my niece and nephew.

    Thanks for joining our Show Off Your Blog Party. I'm one of the co-host.

    Jules
    A Dose of Jules

  2. Jessica April 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    This is soo cute! My kid is still young but I will definitely have to do this. Thanks a million for sharing @ The Show Off Blog Party ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jessica
    The Wondering Brain

  3. amouseinmykitchen April 22, 2013 at 3:59 am - Reply

    Isn't it the best? I think it would be awesome as a birthday gift or just to have in a dress up closet. You never know when an adventurous three year old might come to visit!

  4. amouseinmykitchen April 22, 2013 at 4:01 am - Reply

    I'm glad you like it! I think it's amazing!

  5. carriehurst May 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Aww, this is adorable! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  6. Melinda Dunne May 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    That is super cute! I love fun projects for kids. This would be great for a birthday party.

  7. Vonnie May 14, 2013 at 4:47 am - Reply

    Very cute! Looks very easy to do. Thanks for sharing!

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