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Crowning Achievement: Fabric Birthday Toppers

Posted by Vickie Howell on January 15, 2010 at 7:58 AM in BirthdayGeneral CraftsSewing
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Make this year extra-special by creating a customized crown for your birthday boy or girl!  Metallic fabric & sequin highlight the royal awesomeness of kiddo's big day, while a contrasting cloth lining personalizes the piece with his or her favorite color or theme--my sons both chose linings to reflect their winter birthdays! 

With either sew or no-sew options this project is easily make-able, no matter your crafty level of expertise.  Put one together every year as a keepsake or simply, replace the sequin number as your child gets older.  Either way you'll have a reusable treasure that can be broken out for special occasions, or kept in the costume box for year 'round razzle-dazzle! 

1/8 yd, Metallic Fabric
1/8 yd., Contrasting Fabric (for Lining)
1/8 yd., Iron-on Adhesive
Sequin Trimming
Straight Edge
Measuring Tape
Sewing Pins
Fabric Scissors
Sewing Machine & Contrasting Thread OR Hot Glue Gun & Glue

Make It
  • Loosely measure child's head, allowing room for hair not to be too smooshed.  Add 1/4" to that measurement giving you your length,number, "L" .

  • Cut 4"x L" pieces of metallic fabric, lining fabric and iron-on adhesive.

  • Sandwich the iron-on adhesive piece in between the pieces of fabric (with right-sides of fabric facing out).  Following the adhesive's manufacturing instructions, iron the three pieces together.

  • Using a straight edge and pencil draw a zig-zag, evenly across the top of the lining side of the piece.  Cut along lines, creating crown points.

  • Using a 1/4" seam allowance and either a straight or decorative setting on your sewing machine, top-stitch around the metallic side of crown.  (THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL.  CROWN WILL STAY ASSEMBLED WITHOUT SEWING)


  • Layout sequin trimming (pinning if necessary) in shape of desired number, on the center-front of crown.  Either machine sew or hot glue in place.
  • With wrong sides facing and using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew or hot glue crown ends together.  Turn right side out.  If you choose the sewn option, top stitch over seam.

Birthday Crowns

Tristan's 8!

Hey, happy birthday to those beautiful, Craft Apparent kids!


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Artful Appreciation: DIY Thank You Notes

Posted by Vickie Howell on January 4, 2010 at 10:25 AM in EmbroideryGeneral CraftsParent/Child CollaborationThank Yous
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In the age of e-mail correspondence the paper "Thank You" note is often a lost art.  Raising grateful children however, definitely isn't.   Help your tots celebrate the gift of creativity while they give back some of the love and energy that's surely put into the presents they receive.  Handmade notes are a thoughtful (and fun) way to express that appreciation.  Here are three, simple-to-make cards to stitch, snap or glue!

Make it Sew!
Embroidered Card
It's easy to say it with stitching, when you start off with a basic note card!  Have your child write "Thanks" in pencil on the card front--their handwriting, no matter how messy, will add that extra-special touch!  Using embroidery floss, a sharp needle and the back stitch (see tutorial here), stitch over the writing.  Add little stitched dots or lines, for added embellishment.  So sweet, SEW simple!

Glued Greeting
Ransom (thank you) Note
All kiddo needs for this card collage is a glue stick and a dream!  Ok well, also a pair of scissors, a doily and recycled magazine letters--but you know what I mean.  They'll have loads of fun cutting up pages and piecing together their creation.  If you want to say "Thank You", why not just spell it out?

Picture Perfect
Photo Card
This one is the easiest and probably, most well-received (at least amongst the grandparent set) of all handmade hellos.  Whether it be Christmas, birthday or any other present-getting event; after unwrapping their goodies have the kids pose for a picture! Simply write your greeting on plain, white paper and have them hold those signs up.  Snap a shot; have copies printed up; glue them on card stock and embellish with a little ric-rac.  That's all there is to it!

How important do you think teaching kids to write Thank You notes is?  At what age do you think children should participate in writing (or signing) their own?
  Please post your answers in the comments section.

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