... or Anytime Fabric Flower Crown, because there's never a bad day to wear flowers in your hair. If you made it with yellow and white flowers it would be a lovely alternative to an Easter Bonnet. I intend to do this for my girls soon... but not until after I finish planning their birthday party... it's a good thing Easter is late this year!
If this crown looks familiar to you it's because I made it two years ago for our Midsummer celebrations, and it usually lives in our Summer Celebrations box. You might remember seeing it in THIS post from last year. I was inspired to share a bit more about these crowns by Decorators Notebook and My Creative Photography who started a great hashtag on Twitter and Instagram yesterday celebrating the Spring Equinox. (Check out #primavercrowns for some lovely floral inspiration!)
I haven't had the time to do up a proper tutorial yet, but I did stay up far too late last night doodling one instead. So, if you'd like to make your own floral crown to celebrate Spring, or Easter, or May Day, or Summer or a Birthday or a lovely sunny day, or to brighten up a wet day or for a Fairy costume or for any other reason (do you even need a reason?!), just follow the 6 simple steps below:
- Cut a long rectangle of lovely cotton fabric. Long enough to go around your head, with a bit extra to be able to tie it. Make it around the length of your arm from fingertip to shoulder and about 4 or 5 inches wide.
- Fold it over length-ways, right sides together and stitch along the length. It's quicker with a machine, but you can do it by hand if you don't have one. You should then have a tube of fabric.
- Turn it right side out. A knitting needle or pencil will help with pushing the fabric through.
- Stitch across the 'tube' about a quarter of the way from one end.
- Stuff the tube lightly. Not too much stuffing, but enough to make a nice padded area from the stitched quarter up to a quarter of the way from the other end. Stitch across the 'tube' here to keep the stuffing from escaping. The padding makes it nice and comfortable to wear, especially important if you are making it for little ones.
- Hem each end and then go crazy adding your flowers to one side of the padded area. I used fake flowers and leaves from discount stores (removed from their plastic stems) felt flowers from a wool shop, buttons, beads, ribbon-bows, and all kinds of other bits and bobs from my craft stash. I cram everything together so the crown is nice and full.
Now all that's left to do is tie it onto your head and look fabulous - as demonstrated by my lovely Lile!
... aaaand, I've just noticed I never hemmed the ends of this one! Oh well!