A Crown for the Birthday Boy (Tutorial)

Tomorrow is e’s 5th birthday! And in typical fashion, everything is fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants and I decided to make him a birthday crown tonight. Since reading Amanda Soule’s book and seeing her cute crowns, I’ve always wanted to make one. Did I consult her book tonight? Nope. Just forged my own way. Ahh…well.

I thought I would write it down for you and add some photos in case you have ever wanted to make one, too. It really wasn’t hard-the most time consuming part was the handstitching at the end, which isn’t necessary, but I thought it finished it off in a nice way.

First, I cut out three crown shapes out of regular felt. Now, I would haveĀ loved to use wool felt but I don’t have the budget for that and since I decided to do this so late anyway…well, I made do. Why three? I don’t know what possessed me. I really think two would be fine enough. I think I was concerned about it being sturdy. So you choose…two or three. Just make sure they are the exact same. I will say, lining up three crowns and stitching them together is tricker than two! But you knew that. :)

Triangle Shapes

Crown shapes

Second, I cut out my decorations. Which in this case was the oval circle (I just used regular cotton fabric for that) and the letter E. The sky is the limit on decor.

Decorations

Decorations cut out and ready to be sewn on

I stitched the oval and the letter “E” on the first layer of crown. That way all the stitching would be hidden. This is when I had the idea to add white emroidery floss stitching on top. I did that to the letter “E” so it would be hidden as well.

Sewing the decorations on

Sewing the decorations on

To make the crown adjustable and able to be used for years to come, I decided to add some elastic. I thought about using velcro, but my love/hate relationship with velcro caused me to choose elastic in the end. Basically, I didn’t want velcro to show…cause I think it is ugly.I used 1 inch elastic and I cut a piece about 4 inches long.

Elastic

Elastic

Using the same fabric for my circle, I cut out a rectangle roughly 4 inches wide by roughly 7 1/2 inches long. (I am not always super exact in my sewing!)

Fold the right sides together, sew along the length around a 1/4 inch seam.

Facric covering elastic

Facric covering elastic

Turn inside out and then insert the 4 inch elastic piece. With the elastic flush up against the edge, sew about a 1/4 inch seam to secure the eleastic to the tube of fabric.

Elastic sewn to edge of tube

Elastic sewn to edge of tube

Elastic covered by fabric

Elastic covered by fabric

Then find the other end of the elastic and with it flush up against the opposite end of the tube, sew another 1/4 seam. You will have a fabric covered case of elastic.

I took the two bottom pieces of the crown and sewed the elastic tube in between. I ran over it four times to be sure it would be nice and secure since it might take some abuse!

Elastic attached to crown body

Elastic attached to crown body

Elastic sewn to both sides of crown body

Elastic sewn to both sides of crown body

I did use pins to line up all the crown points.

One of the last steps is to line up the top layer of the crown with the rest of the crown body. Once again, I used pins to line up the points and layers. This is where I think it is the most difficult; I did have to fudge a little bit. :)

Next, sew all three layers together. I used about a 1/4 inch seam all the way around.

Crown sewn together

Crown sewn together

Finally, I used the embroidery floss to handsew all the way around the crown. I “hid” my knots in the layers of the crown and tried to catch just the top layer of the crown. My advice: don’t use all six strands of thread! :) I did, and my thumb is permently indented from pulling on the needle so much! ha.

Hiding the knot in the layers

Hiding the knot in the layers

Enjoy! Now I suppose I better wrap some gifts…

Disclaimer: I am sure there are other tutorials out there…I just made this one up as I went. Just sayin’.

The finished product

The finished product

Test run

Test run

3 Comments

  1. MMOM
    Mar 31, 2011

    Super idea! Now you will have to make one for all the kiddos! So creative and timeless! “King for a Day!”

    • Erin Tilson
      Apr 5, 2011

      So awesome! You are quite talented to come up with that all on your own. Did E love it? I might have to “steal” this idea for Little Man’s bday =)

  2. Angel
    Apr 12, 2011

    Thanks for sharing this Hilary! I may make one for Jacob and Elijah their next birthdays! So cute!!

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