A couple of weeks ago I showed you my sons fox themed first birthday party. Today I wanted to show you how to make the felted fox crowns that all the little ones were wearing. They looked incredibly cute and made a nice take home gift for the kids to add to the dress up box.
First up I have to let you now that there is sewing involved in this project. I am in no way a sewer. I tried, I failed, its not something I wish to revisit but Im lucky to have a Mum who lives down the road and does sew (how convenient!). I think you could still make these crowns using glue Im just not sure how long they would last. I’d imagine you would still get a party out of them but who knows how much longer they would hold together after that.
You will need:
Felt for crowns
I used navy blue and orange. The size you need depends on the age of the children. To be safe I would say you would need lengths of 56cm which you can cut shorter if needed.
Iron on interfacing
Orange and white felt for fox ears.
Thread to match your crown colours
Tracing paper / Baking paper
This first step is entirely dependent on the type of felt you are working with. If you have a thick/stiff felt then you can skip this part. If you have a fine wool felt it will need a little help to make it stand up. I could only find the colours I wanted in a wool felt and then realized once I made my first crown that it had no structure and was a little too droopy. This was solved by ironing a sheet of interfacing onto the felt. This needs to be done on both the felt for the crown and the felt for the ears. If you can find craft felt by the roll you will find it to be firmer and you might not need the interfacing.
The next step is to make a template for the crown. I made mine on baking paper because I could roll it out as long as I needed and it happened to be what I had in the house! Work out the circumference of the largest crown you will need. I made a range of sizes starting at 48cm through to 53cm for children aged 1-7 years and that seemed to be a good range. I made a couple of different crowns before I settled on the measurements listed below. I found it was the nicest proportions for a little head.
Pin your template onto the felt and cut out as many crowns as you need. I cut them all at the longer length and then trimmed some back as needed. Set your crowns aside and get out your orange and white felt. Draw the outer ear shape and inner ear shape on baking paper to create your template. As a guide my fox ears measured 8.5cm high and 6cm wide at the base.
Once you have both the white and the orange parts ready, lay the white pieces of felt on a large sheet of newspaper. Spray them with spray adhesive and paste them on top of the orange pieces. Leave them to dry preferably overnight because they can be a bit sticky until they dry out.
Lay your crown out flat and find the centre. You want the ears to be roughly 5cm apart. The easiest way to do this is to measure 2.5cm each side out from the centre and this is where each ear should be placed. Using the same colour cotton as your crown sew the ears in place following the zig zag shape of the crown. This way its barely visible from the front and certainly not from a distance. Lastly fold your crown around so the two ends overlap slightly and sew them together.