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A Gift a Day 2014: Day Four: Felt Crowns

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Felt Crowns The Prudent Homemaker

Both Elsa and Ivory have recently asked me for a crown to wear when they dress up as princesses. We've had a good number of dress-up crowns in our house, but none have survived the first three daughters to pass down to daughters four and five. Most crowns are plastic, and all of the little girls at my house leave them on the floor, where someone ends up stepping on them.

I've made a fabric crown in the past for Cyrus (this one) but I wanted a more dainty look for a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. I attempted my own design with fabric in the past, and that crown never did get finished, as turning it right-side out was too difficult. This time, I decided to use felt, so that I could avoid the need to turn it inside out, and so that I could finish the project more quickly.

Elsa actually asked for an Elsa crown, so I went looking for a template for one. While I found several, this one was the best suited to be stiff enough to stand up in fabric. 

 

Supplies:

1/8 yard of felt

less than 1/8 yard of pellon (the super-stiff, non-fusible kind)

1-inch wide elastic (2 pieces each 1 1/2 inches long)

Beads or buttons to decorate (optional)

thread

Elsa crown template

 

Tools:

Scissors

Iron and Ironing board

Sewing machine

hand-sewing needle

Measuring tape

Sewing pins

 Felt Crown pieces The Prudent Homemakerjpg

I measured both girls' heads so that I had a total length for each. I cut the final headbands an inch and a half shorter than their head measurements.

Use the Elsa crown pattern, adding a long amount on to each side to make it go around the head.

Cut two pieces from felt, and one piece from Pellon.

Trim 3/16" inch off the pellon piece, all the way around. This helps to keep it inside the seam line.

Layer the crown pieces like a sandwich, with the pellon in the middle. Pin the pieces together and stitch all the way around using a 1/8 inch (2 mm) seam, leaving the ends open (the ends that meet in the back).

Insert the piece of elastic into one end of the crown and sew it in place. I sewed it in two parallel seams to make sure it stays put. Repeat for the other side.

Felt Crowns Elastic

 If you want a button or a bead, sew it on by hand afterwards. I only went through the top layer of felt when sewing it on.

 

Time:

 It took me a few hours to get these done, but I had a lot of interruptions! Uninterrupted, I think you could make one in 30 to 45 minutes.

Felt Elsa Crown The Prudent Homemaker

Cost:

$0.40 each. 

The felt was a hand-me-down from a woman's sewing stash, given to me by her daugher after she had passed away. The grey felt is synthetic; the gold felt is wool felt. Your cost will depend on the type and source of felt.

The button and bead were from my button jar and bead box. I only had one of each, which made them perfect for this project. 

I purchased the Pellon at Joann's with a 40% off coupon over a year ago. You just need a small amount for this project.

I bought the elastic in a large roll from Wawak.

 

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Button Jeweled Bobby Pins The Prudent Homemaker

 

All of the new hairstyles that Winter has been trying have involved plenty of bobby pins. I made her these fancy bobby pins for some fun accents.

 

Supplies:

Bobby pins

Fancy shank buttons

Thin jewelry wire

 

Tools:

Needle-nosed pliers

Wire cutters

 Button Jeweled Bobby Pins Detail The Prudent Homemaker

 

I cut a piece of jewelry wire about 3 inches (approximately 7.5 cm) long for each bobby pin. I threaded it through the bobby pin, and then lined up the pin where I wanted it. I bent the wire across the button and pin, and then and put it through the middle of the pin from each side.

I wrapped the wire through and around the end of the pin, through the shank button, and around the shank of the button several times, using the pliers to pull the wire tight each time.

When I got to the end of the wire, I used the pliers to tuck the ends into the holes of the button, so that nothing sharp would stick out.

 

Time:

It took me 5 minutes per bobby pin. I made 16 bobby pins.

 

Button Jeweled Bobby Pins 3 The Prudent Homemaker

Cost:

$0.05 each.

I used buttons from my button jar. When clothes wear out beyond the point of being mended, I cut the buttons off and keep them to use for new articles of clothing. This particular project works well for both large numbers of matching buttons as well as smaller numbers of buttons, including a single button (such as the blue one) that is left, as it can be used as a single accent. These particular buttons were given to me from a reader, who sent me the buttons her mother had kept in her own button jar.

If you don't have buttons, you can purchase some on sale from Joann's, Hobby Lobby, etc. I usually buy buttons on sale for 40-50% off.

Black bobby pins can be bought from several different dollar stores. While those work perfectly for my own dark hair, Winter has lighter hair, so I bought her some brown bobby pins. The lowest priced-ones I could find were the Goody package of 90 at Walmart (Walmart had several choices in that color; I had to look around before I found these ones). If you are using the black ones and buttons you already have, your cost would be $0.02 each.

I purchased the jewelry wire on a 40% off sale at Michael's last year. This item regularly goes on sale, or you can use the coupon that comes in the weekly ad.

I saw similar looking bobby pins at Target last week; they were $5 for 4 bobby pins! Making my own was definitely worth the time.

Update: Here are some in my daughter's hair:

Winter button bobby pins The Prudent Homemaker

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A Gift a Day 2014: Day Two: Camping Pillow

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Camping Pillow 1

 

Cyrus turned 11 earlier this year, which meant he moved from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. He loves Boy Scouts and is enjoying it so much.

Because Boy Scouts means camping, we have slowly been getting him some camping gear this year, including a backpack (specifially for camping), and a fantastic tent that my husband found at the thrift store for $4 earlier this year. He already has a sleeping bag. What he doesn't have is a roll-up camping pillow to take with him.

One of my readers sent me some fabulous Boy Scout fabric scraps that she had leftover from making something for her son. They were small pieces, but just the right size to make a camping pillow.

A camping pillow is small, and somewhat thin, so that it can provide comfort, but still be rolled in a backpack.

 

Supplies:

fabric

thread

polyfill quilt batting

Tools:

scissors

ruler

sewing machine

needle 

I researched sizes of camping pillows, and in the end decided on a 12 by 20 inch pillow. I cut two pieces of fabric, one blue and one green. I cut them 12 3/4" by 20 3/4" to allow for seam allowances.

I simply put them right sides together, and machine stitched them together on three sides.

Then I turned the pillow right-side out, and ironed it.

I cut a piece of batting that was the width of the pillow, and 5 times the height. I placed the batting on top of the pillow (to double check the size as I went) and folded it over 5 times.

It doesn't make a real thick pillow, but that is neccesary in order for it to be able to be rolled. 

I put the batting inside the pillow, and folded the open pillow edges inside along the seam allowance. I closed up the pillow with a whip stitch by hand.

Camping Pillow 2

Time:

The total time for one pilow was around 30 minutes.

Cost:

This project didn't cost me anything, as both the fabric and the batting were given to me (the batting came from my mother-in-law's stash that she shared with me).  

The pillows I saw for sale were made with plaid flannel. This project could be made with old flannel sheets, parts of old flannel shirts, the legs of a an old pair of flannel pajamas, or other repuposed fabric (such as old t-shirts). The filling could be the batting from an old bed pillow.

This size and type of pillow is also used as a travel pillow, and would make a good gift for a frequent traveler.

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A Gift a Day 2014: Day One: Ribbon Headbands

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Ribbon Headbands 1

 

Winter will be 13 in December. At the current moment, one of her passions is trying out new hairstyles. Thanks to Pinterest, she has a wealth of ideas in front of her. 

I made these ribbon headbands for her using materials I had on hand.

 

Supplies:

ribbon

hair elastic

thread

lace (optional)

 

Tools:

scissors


sewing machine or needle and thread


measuring tape

 

You'll need to measure the length of the child's head as she will wear the headband, allowing for the elastic and some stretch. The ribbon will be a few inches (or decimeters) shorter than the length all the way around.

Thankfully for me, Winter had already made herself one of these, so I just borrowed it to measure the length. Her finished length of the ribbon was 19 3/4 inches. I added an inch for folding and cut my ribbons 20 3/4 inches long.

Place the ribbon over the elastic and fold it over twice, and then sew it closed close to the elastic. Repeat for the other side.

For the lace headband, I sewed the lace to the ribbon in two long rows with matching thread. I then finished it like the others.

 

Ribbon Headbands 2


Time:

The total time for one headband was less than 5 minutes.

Cost:

Your cost will vary by what supplies you have on hand. I bought elastics at the Dollar Tree (they have 100 for $1 with metal crimps or 35 for $1 without metal crimps). The gold ribbon came from a gift that we were given years ago. The cream-colored ribbon was one I have had since I was 14. The blue ribbon I bought on clearance at Joann's years ago; the amount I used for this piece was $0.80 (most ribbon is much less expensive; this was a more expensive one). I generaly buy ribbon when it is 50% off, and I buy the less expensive ribbon that sells by the spool.

The lace piece came from my mother-in-law. Before she died, she asked me to look through her fabric and choose whatever I would like. This piece is leftover from about 30 years ago, when she and one of my sisters-in-law used to make wedding gowns. This type of piece can be rather expensive. A good way to find pieces of lace for less is the thrift store and at garage sales.

In short, some of these cost me as little as $0.03 ( I had the more expensive elastics, or they would have been $0.01), and the blue one was $0.81).


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A Gift a Day 2014

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Each weekday in November, I'll be making and posting a gift that I have made that day. These will be gifts for Christmas as well as for my eldest daughter's birthday, which is in December. I have 5 daugthers and 2 sons for whom I will be making gifts.

This year, I have fewer gifts to make than in previous years. I've found several wonderful gifts for my children at garage sales, including books, jewelry, games, clothing, and puzzles. I've used Swagbucks to redeem Amazon gift cards, and I've ordered a few things for the children that way as well.

I have been called to report for jury duty later this month, so how many gifts I finish will depend on whether or not I am chosen to serve on a jury. It may mean a delay of a few days' gifts or it may mean I won't be able to complete any more after that. I won't know until that time.

If you're planning a lot of present making this month, I would also like to remind you to clean and oil your sewing machine at this time, to keep it working well while you make gifts.

Check back tonight for today's gift!

 

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I made this scripture bag for Wren with some input from her. She wanted a different style bag from the one I had made for Winter. She also approved the fabric, so this gift won't be a total surprise, but she should like it, and that's important.

This bag is made very similar to the Eiffel Tower purse that I made, except that it also has an outside pocket for a small hymnbook.




Scripture Bag


Supplies:


heavy weight floral fabric (it's a Waverly home décor fabric)

drop cloth for lining

thread

Tools:


scissors
sewing machine
ruler

Time:

The total time was about 2 1/2 hours.


Cost:

$0.20

I purchased the Waverly print at the thrift store a year or two ago. I had been wanting to buy this particular fabric and was delighted to find large piece for so little.

 
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