DIY Princess Tiara
Last week I accidentally stepped on Lucia’s $1 Target tiara and broke it. I promised her I would replace it, but with the babies having the croup and myself down with a sinus infection, getting out has been tough to do. Instead, I made her one out of scraps and it gave me an opportunity to put up another post on the ol’ blog. What you will need: a crown printout or hand drawn (don’t worry, it’s really not that hard), scrap wool felt for inside and outside of tiara, iron on stabilizer, 1/8″ round elastic, hot glue gun, and some bling for the tiara. Let’s get started. First, take your print out and after cutting it out, trace it onto two pieces of wool felt and onto two pieces of stabilizer. Cut out the wool felt pieces and trim back the stabilizer pieces about 1/8″-1/4″ after cutting them out. Place the cut out stabilizer onto the wrong side of the wool felt cut outs and use a warm iron to attach. If you are using regular felt, it will melt onto the iron. Try placing a small towel on top to iron. Place the wool felt tiara cutouts right sides together and either hand sew or machine stitch around using 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave an opening 3″ on the bottom unsewn. Before turning it right sides out, you will want to make small little clips into the felt all around the tiara where you have sewn and also clip off the tops of the peaks of the tiara. Be careful to not cut into the stitching. This will make it much easier to turn it right side out. Now you can turn right sides out. I found it helpful to use my stylus from my sewing machine to help make the points in the tiara stand up. You could also use a chopstick. Now we are going to topstitch that opening down. Finger press a crease where the opening is to lay it flat, being sure to help press the sides in. Topstitch from one side of the bottom of the tiara to the other, to catch the opening and close it. Cut extra threads. Time to add the elastic. Cut a generous piece and stitch it to the inside of one side of the tiara. Place the tiara around your child’s head to gauge how much stretch you need. Cut and attach the elastic to the inside of the other side of the tiara. Add a little bling with a hot glue gun and there you go! See that smile?! She has already forgotten about the tiara that was broken. Mama to the rescue. And as always, happy sewing!