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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!


Psst!  Make this craft?  We'd love to see a picture of it...and we're sure others would too!  Join the Craft Apparent Flickr group and upload photos of you're awesome Craft Apparent Crafts!


Liz writes...

I LOVE this idea! My little princesses would wear a crown every day and the plastic ones always end up breaking or getting eaten by the dogs. I'm going to make one for each of them for every day wear!

charles writes...

I really like your idea.

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