Tutorial: Felt Crowns
Often referred to as “birthday crowns”, felt crowns are a wonderful way to facilitate endless imaginative play for small children. These little crowns can be as simple or ornate as you like. They are relatively easy to make and only require a few materials.
- felt (2 pieces per crown, back/front)
- sewing notions for either machine or hand sewing
- coordinating thread
- embroidery floss, buttons, etc for decorating
- elastic* (6″ or so per crown)
- “disappearing ink” pen
- sewing pins
- Begin by creating a template. To make mine I simply drew a pattern I liked the same width as my felt. (I believe the felt I used is 12″ wide.)
- Trace the template onto your felt and then cut out the pattern. I cut both my front and back pieces at the same time to be sure they are exactly the same size and shape.
- Decorate the front of your crown however you wish.
- Pin the front of your crown to the back, wrong sides together. Pin the elastic between the front and back on one side and begin sewing along the edges. (I like to use a zig zag stitch on my machine.) When you get to the other side of the crown, be sure to place the other edge of the elastic before sewing it closed. I also like to add a couple of extra stitches over the elastic ends to make sure they’re secure.
- Trim ends and blot away disappearing ink.
*About using elastic… I know many crowns are made with ribbon instead of elastic. I prefer to use the elastic because then the child has the opportunity to more easily put on and remove the crown him or herself. You can certainly use ribbon in its place, if that is your preference.
**One more thing, please be sure any buttons, other decorations, and elastic are all very securely attatched before giving the crown to a child.