I have been making each child a felt birthday crown for their birthday celebrations over the past year. I have made one for each child and each felt birthday crown is as unique as they are. I love the tradition of the Waldorf Birthday Crown, which was the inspiration for making them in the first place!
Strawberry’s felt birthday crown uses a combination of cut felt shapes and hand embroidery. Each butterfly has hand embroidered details on the wings and the center design is hand embroidered strawberry leaves and fruit.
Chook’s felt birthday crown uses hand cut felt shapes that are then simply stitched with blanket stitching around the edges and long stitch (algerian eyes) for detail.
Both crowns are finished with blanket stitching around the crown.
Felt Birthday Crown Tutorial
- One sheet of felt
- Felt scraps
- Coloured threads
- 1 inch wide elastic
- Fabric scrap at least 3 inches wide and 14 inches long
- Sewing machine
- Print out your pattern and cut out.
- Fold your felt piece so that the pattern sits longways on the fold and the top of the crown sits on two pieces of felt. (See photo).
- Pin the pattern and cut.
- Using your felt scraps cut out your desired shapes.
- Open out the crown and pin the shapes to one side of the crown in your desired pattern. Blanket stitch each shape to the crown.
- Add embroidery, if you wish.
- Cut your elastic 7 inches long.
- Your fabric elastic casing will be double the length of the elastic, so a 14 inch fabric scrap will make the elastic casing.
- Fold the fabric scrap in half, right sides together and sew a straight stitch along the longest edge. Turn right side out.
- Insert the elastic inside the casing, holding one end of the elastic and fabric together.
- Sew this end with the sewing machine (this stops the elastic from going anywhere).
- Push the elastic to the other end (a safety pin might help you here). Sew this end closed with the sewing machine.
- Pin the elastic casing to the back side edge of the crown (so your stitching can’t be seen at the front) and machine sew.
- Pin the remaining elastic casing end to the other side and machine sew.
- Fold the crown sides together, with the head band facing the back.
- Blanket stitch the crown together.
In case I haven’t worked out how to link my pattern when this publishes here are some links to patterns I have found around the web…
Dress Up Crown from The Long Thread
Reverse Applique Felt Crowns from eat.sleep.MAKE
Birthday Crowns: Tutorial and ramblings from jessBcuz
Lickety-Split Birthday Crown from homemade by Jill
32: C is for crown from juicy bits
Dress Up Crown Tutorial from We Wilsons