I have been seeing birthday crowns around the internet for a few years now. Pretty sure there's one in SouleMama's book, or is it in Amy Karol's? Anyway, they're all over and I figured it was about time to make one. And now that I have done it and know how easy it was, I'll be making another.
I got the pattern from GrueneTree. Of course I didn't have the iron-on interfacing she calls for, so I used some non-iron heavy interfacing and two layers of felt, and I sewed it all together with my machine.
There was no way I was going to get all fiddly with trying to sew around those circles at the tops of the points, so... I didn't. I thought about gluing them, or about stitching around them by hand, but when you stay up late working on the thing, and then you have to try to finish it the morning of the actual birthday so the princess can wear her crown to story time at the library, good enough starts looking even better.
The flower(s) and the number were actually finished during story time. Are there really so few crafty moms out there? I got a lot of strange looks from the adults, and some curious looks from the little ones - like they'd never seen a needle and thread.
The birthday girl was thrilled with the results and wore her crown the rest of the day, except for a short time when she said, "Mom, my head is hot." I assured her it was fine to set it aside, but when I checked on her later she had it back on.
How long will it be before she doesn't like handmade gifts from mommy? Never, I hope.