Guest blogger series | A felt crown tutorial

by contributor on October 26, 2011

in Guest blog series2 2011, Kids Crafts, Whip Up Tutorials

Rachel Wolf lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband and two children. Rachel spends her days living her bliss in a swirling cloud of living, playing, homeschooling, mothering, writing, crafting, and work-at-home-mama chaos. Visit her blog Clean or her organic body care business, LuSa Organics.

Felt Crown Tutorial

A felt crown is required play equipment for any young child. With the right crown you can be the queen, the king, the prince, the knight, or the ruler-of-all-that-you-see. We love crowns for birthdays in particular. Nothing makes a child feel more special than birthday fuss plus a special crown (though we tend to wear them daily in our corner of the world as well.)

A homemade crown is something to be cherished and easier to make than you can imagine. I have not provided a proper pattern because I think each crown is best born of your own creativity. You don’t need me to draw the lines for you. (Really. You don’t!) I cut mine free-hand, but if you want to be more precise, cut a sample from paper first to get a feel for it. It’s a crown. For your kid. Don’t over think it and you really can’t mess it up.

The crown below is sized for a child ages 3-6. For an older child just add a pinch of extra length to the elastic.

Ready? Let’s sew.

Materials

  • Cotton fabric for casing, 3″ x 10″
  • Wool felt (mine is 60% wool), two pieces 15″ x 5″ each
  • 6″ length of 1/4″ elastic
  • safety pin
  • fine glitter (optional)

Process

  1. Sew an elastic casing from cotton. You will sew the seam along the long side. Stitch, turn, and press with seam to the center.
  2. Insert elastic as follows: Fasten a safety pin to one end of elastic. Pull elastic through casing until the elastic tail is even with first opening. Stitch.Pull safety pin, gathering casing, and align the other end of elastic with casing opening. Remove pin and sew.
  3. Cut your crown. Determine which color felt is your background and which is your main color (the front). Fold your background color in half and cut a basic crown shape, with a peak in the center.
  4. Cutting freehand with your shears, shape the basic crown into something more artistic. Wing it. Whatever you create will be lovely! Just let it flow. I folded my fabric in half and cut through both sides at once. (Save your scraps. You’ll need them in a minute.) Hold this modified crown shape up to your child (or even your own head, looking in the mirror) and adjust height and shape as needed.
  5. When you are satisfied with the shape of your crown cut an identical piece out of your second piece of felt. (Lay the already cut crown over the second piece and trace or cut around it.)
  6. Trim off 1/2″ from bottom of the second piece of felt. This will make it smaller and you’ll be able to see the background color all around.
  7. Cut out any embellishments you’d like from the background felt scraps. I prefer to keep it very simple to allow the child to create all the extras in their imagination, but follow your own intuition. Circles, gems, stars, or other simple graphics are ideal.
  8. When you are satisfied with placement, topstitch embellishments into place with matching or contrasting thread onto the main color crown piece.
  9. Pin background crown to main crown panel and carefully sew across top and bottom seams. (Leave sides open for the moment.)
  10. Insert elastic casing with right side facing frontward. Sew. Repeat on second side, being careful not to twist. Your crown is done! For added bling rub with a bit of extra fine glitter. That’ll take it right over the top.

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1 Gwendolyn Flanagan October 26, 2011 at 9:06 am

Ok, the Cindy-Lou Who eyes remind me of my daughter (at that age), but the kicker is the bandaids on the knees! Priceless! They scream “This girl knows how to have fun”.

2 Maya October 26, 2011 at 9:30 am
3 electricbluebird October 26, 2011 at 10:03 am

Very cute. I would like to see a photo of the back.

4 Rachel Wolf October 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

Hi Electricbluebird, (My daughter, pictured above is named Bluebird!) – I posted a photo of the back over on my blog here: http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/ All the best,
Rachel

5 Rachel Wolf October 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm

@Gwendolyn, You got it: the eyes and the bandaids. That’s my girl. <3

6 electricbluebird October 28, 2011 at 7:47 am

Thank you so much. I am a much more visual sewer and I have a hard time with just written instructions. What a sweet name!

7 Jackie December 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Great instructions, thank you. I’m planning to put the decorations on velcro so that my kids can change the mood of their crown (stars, flowers, jewels, super hero initials, lightning bolts).

8 Kristin January 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Just got a sewing machine for Christmas and was browsing this blog. The crown tutorial is fantastic – my 3 year old would love one! But I wasn’t planning to comment until I saw the last photo. The bandaids – Oh, SO cute!!!

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