Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fun with Felt: A Pair of Crowns



Earlier this month I spotted this Birthday Crown party hat design in one of Embroidery Library's Stitchers Showcases.

Birthday Crown Party HatIsn't it cute? I thought of my young nephews with birthdays in January and February who just needed me to make them their own birthday crowns.

The design is part of a pack of party hat embroideries - I only purchased the Birthday Crown, since it was on sale for being in the Stitchers Showcase.

I stitched this first crown on red craft felt, using a heavy tearaway stabilizer in the hoop. When the design called for metallic thread, I also changed out my embroidery needle for a metallic one and it stitched out great! I still need to stitch out a second birthday crown for February.

I changed the construction of the hat a little bit from the project directions - I didn't want to use elastic and I wanted to cover up the thread on the back of the design. I used a piece of tan felt for a backing (I ran out of the red felt) and using a long stitch I sewed about 1/8" away from the embroidery on all sides, then trimmed close to the stitching. In place of elastic, I attached cotton belting to the crown along the lower edge, stitching along the side edges to secure it. To make the size adjustable, I added some matching blue velcro on the ends of the bands.

Birthday Crown Party Hat Birthday Crown Party Hat

The Birthday Crown turned out so well, I went back to get the Princess Crown party hat. I stitched this one on white sparkle felt. This design calls for silver metallic thread and it really made it sparkle!
Princess Crown Party Hat

Here's a flat view - The finishing construction is the same as for the Birthday crown, with matching white felt for the backing. You can see that I added a similar banding to this crown using purple cotton belting.
Princess Crown Party Hat

I sent this off to my niece who likes purple for testing to see how it holds up to Princess dress-ups. I'd like to stitch this again in gold with darker jewel tones, to make it masculine-looking enough for a Prince.

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