Dressing like favorite characters is an everyday thing at my house. This project is actually from Halloween, when one of my children wanted to dress like Princess Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy. This DIY fabric crown or your own variation can be used for any princess dress-up costumes.
How to Make Your Own DIY Fabric Crown
- Crown Pattern (Free pdf file for personal use only). See instructions below before printing and cutting.
- Tissue Lame fabric (1/4 yard or enough to fit crown pattern)
- Scrap of fleece fabric (enough to fit crown pattern)
- Fray check
- Snap Hair Clips (two clips per crown)
- Thin Washable Marker
- Thread to match
Print the crown pattern from the above link. Either print two copies and attach them to make a 4 pointed crown or print one and trace it twice on your fabric.
The included star is for Rosalina’s brooch. Discard the star from the pattern file or sew a star brooch using the same method as the crown.
Step 1: Mark your sewing lines
Lay out a single layer of fleece and then two layers of tissue lame on top. Place your crown pattern on top of the tissue lame and trace around it with a washable marker. These are your sewing lines (not cutting lines).
*I didn’t get photos of the rest of my sewing process, so I am editing the photos I do have with software to provide a visual of my written directions. So, don’t keep your pattern on your project while you sew. Just follow the lines you already drew.
Step 2: Pin, sew, and trim the top edge
Pin your fabric layers together to hold in place while you sew. Sew only on the lines you drew for the top edge of the crown.
Trim the slanted edges to between 1/8″ to 1/4″.
Clipping the indents and across the top of the crown, being careful not to cut your stitching line. Tissue lame frays very easily, so now seal the fabric with Fray Check. Just get the edges wet with the product (follow package directions or more details) and then let dry before proceeding.
Step 3: Turn and sew side seams
Trim along your side edges 1/2″ away from your sewing lines.
Turn the crown right side out so your stitching is inside and the fleece layer is sandwiched between the two layers of tissue lame. Finger press your points.
Open the crown and put the two sides right sides together. One half of the crown side seam will be just tissue lame and the other will be a layer of tissue lame and fleece together. Sew 1/2′ seam allowance.
Finger press open your seam and fold your project back down so that the you have the crown shape.
Step 4: Finishing the bottom
Cut the fleece inner layer along the bottom seam line. Fold your fabric around the fleece so that the unfinished edges of the tissue lame are incased. Either hand sew in place or machine sew 1/8″ around the bottom.
Step 5: Sew on the hair clips and embellish as desired
I hand sewed on two hair clips to hold the crown in place on the wearer’s head.
For embellishing, sew or glue on jewels. I tried to find rhinestones, but couldn’t find anything that fit the size and color we needed. I ended up cutting glitter craft paper into oval shapes and gluing them in place with tacky glue.
Conclusion on the DIY Fabric Crown
The DIY Fabric Crown will make your crown-wearing princesses happy during dress up time. Have fun making crowns!