Monday, October 26, 2009

every king needs a crown

Feeling a little misunderstood? Need a kingdom to rule? Well, before anyone can be a proper king, they must have a proper crown. In honor of one of our favorite books, Where the Wild Things Are, and the newly released movie, we've whipped up our very own crown. This crown would also make a great addition to a dress up box, a nativity scene costume, Halloween costume, or for your hubby to wear around as he rules the house.

King or Queen Fabric Crown Tutorial

*Sewing machine
*Peltex or very thick interfacing
*Outside fabric-I used this great shiny fabric found in the clearance section at Joann. If you browse the current costume fabric you will probably find something that would work.
*Velcro strip-about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long
*Wide double-fold bias tape in coordinating color

Let's make a crown!

1. I cut out a pattern first using some freezer paper I had on hand. It's basically a long rectangle, long enough to wrap around a child's head plus 2" overlap (for the Velcro). Mine was 24" long and 4 " high, but adjust according to your child's head. It's topped with small triangles that are 3 inches tall and 3.5" wide. (See dimensions in photo below.) I used my quilting ruler to help me with the points.

2. Using your pattern, cut one piece of the Peltex and two of the fabric. Lay the Peltex down first, then one of the fabric pieces right side up, and then the other fabric layer right side down (my fabric was shiny silver on the right side, black on the wrong side, if that helps). Sew the sides and all the points. Leave the bottom section open.

3. Snip off the tips of the crowns and add a short little snip between each point to help your crown turn better. Slowly turn your crown right side out. Use a dowel or chopstick to help push out your points.

4. Using the bias tape, bind along the bottom edge of the crown. If you are not a fan of bias tape or do not have any, you can just try to fold the fabric in and sew a nice little hem. I had a bugger of a time doing this so this is why I switched to using the bias tape.

5. Attach your Velcro by sewing around the edges of the rectangles.


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11 Responses to “every king needs a crown”

Unknown said...

So cute! Thank you! :)

Shorty said...

Very cool! I love it!

Beverly said...

Oh son thinks he needs a crown!

Angie - said...

This is a great crown for little Kings! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Twiddle Thumbs said...

This is so fun!

I think I deserve one. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi I'm Eevee new reader just wanted to tell you that,it came out great!Got me thinking.. I really need to learn to sew :)

Eevee said...

I love how soft and wonderful this is. Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking.

Cher said...

oh, this is so cute! My husband needs one of these... (our last name is Castle...) and he surely is the King of our house!

Atticelf said...

That is so cute! If you aren't a seamstress (I can do straight lines...sometimes) there is a creative genius on Etsy who makes crowns and other stuff (and she lives in Everett, WA - gotta love the locals...).

Fio said...

it's so fun!!

I made some too- look here: ;)

Gwendolyn said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial, it's great. I just finished the crown for my son's costume to be Max from Where the Wild Things Are and its perfect! Now if only he would keep it on his head and stop ripping it off. Thanks again!

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