Monday, September 28, 2009

A Crown of Golden Trim

One of the many things I love about blogging is being challenged to do things I wouldn't have done otherwise. This is a perfect example. Gemma from Loz & Dinny set a great challenge with some unloved gold trim she was given. She wanted it to be loved!

So with a little bit of fabric stiffener and a little bit of love, my kids now have some new dress ups...


The crowns were made by stiffening the trim using Fabric Stiffener (thanks to Cam for her advice with getting this right). I used two rows of boning in the headbands and then covered them in the same fabric I used for the cape. To allow the crowns to fit on growing heads and make them easier to put on and off, there is a piece of elastic sewn into the back. I figured if you're going to wear a crown then you need a cape so I got an idea on how to make the cape from here. The outer fabric is upholstery fabric and the lining is satin. The cape does up with a snap so I can add another as the kids grow, and it will come apart easily and not choke them should an accident occur while playing. Which is important I think!

45 comments:

Cindy said...

This looks so cute! I love the crown idea - I would of never thought of that - perfect with the crowns

Cindy said...

That was meant to say perfect with the capes - sheesh
x

CurlyPops said...

They look fantastic! I was wondering how you were going to stiffen and shape it....
I'm also sitting here laughing because of the photos that I'm going to post in the morning - it seems that great minds think alike when it comes to superheroes.

Isis said...

what a brilliant idea! those crowns look fab

x isis

Loz and Dinny said...

Wow - these are absolutely amazing! What a fantastic idea .. you gals are making this hard!

Liam's Mummy said...

Haha! Your kids look so cute with their capes and their crowns! I never expected that!

trixi said...

Those crowns look amazing! And of course you absolutely must have a cape to wear if you're wearing a crown.Nikki don't tell me those little angels are the ones keeping you up at 4am? I don't believe a word of it!

kellie said...

A great idea and they look fantastic. Very King Arthur!

Melanie said...

I just love your crowns, that is such excellent outside-the-square use of that trim!

Tania said...

I love your trim notion! (so that definitely worked). Although I do admit to being momentarily miffed that mine didn’t arrive stiff! Gotta love that fabric stiffener...

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Very regal and very cute! What a brilliant use for the trim - your kids are going to have a ball.

Now, how about the felt orb and septre?

Karen said...

These are fabulous Nikki - you can never have too many dress-ups!
Very innovative use of the trim too.

willywagtail said...

Terrific. I am really loving how so many people come up with amazing ways of using the one product. Most enjoyable to watch. Cherrie

Maria Rose said...

Ooo, those are great fun! Did you make one for yourself?

Cath from chunkychooky said...

is fabric stiffener a spray? how does it work??
Your crowns are beautiful! love them.

Kate said...

Fantastic idea! Never too early to start stocking that dress up box.

dillpickle said...

OK, so that is seriously impressive. You could sell those!! Great work :-)

Sandrine said...

What a clever mummy and What a great transformation for this trim!Your little ones look like they LOVE their new dress up!!xx

Nikki said...

Love the dress-ups - and the littlies look gorgeous.

Selina said...

oh Nikki, your babies are TOO cute!!!! but you must be totally sick of hearing that by now ;)

love the little crowns too.

yardage girl said...

What a fantiastic idea and so well made. You've inspired me to make something similar for my Little Mister - thanks!

Cherry said...

That is super cute!

One pair of Hands said...

Clever you. I wouldn't have thought of that either. Don't they look lovely? Elsie

One Flew Over said...

So appropriate! I don't know about your house hold...but my kids seriously rule the roost...very cute crowns!

Sally said...

Your children look truly magestic.
Such lovely dress-ups.
You're a queen... in the royal way not the vampy one ;)

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Perfecto!!! There is no way this trim would have the life it has without Gemma spreading the love. What could be more special than a grown? I am noticing a dress up trend though... Superpops, cowboy pants...hmmm

xo Steph

Leonie Guld said...

Yeah, They look BRILLIANT!!!

Gina said...

Awww, those little royal things... I just want to curtsy and hug them at the same time. Perfect!

CC said...

What a clever idea! Your kids look so cute in their crowns and capes.

Kylie said...

So cute! What a great idea :) K

Melinda @ Here We Go Loopy Lou said...

These photos are adorable!

Jennie said...

SO cute.

Pippi creates said...

Great crowns - very regal indeed!

RedorGrayArt said...

i hope queen mother has one as well..very wonderful idea nikki!

snowflakes4sam said...

such a clever mummy. crowns are fantastic

edward and lilly said...

That's awesome, they look so cute!

Becky said...

These are adorable, and such a clever idea :) What a regal looking pair!

christine said...

What a gorgeous idea! Especially with the capes too. My girls would love these! Your little cuties are looking just charming!

Treacle Beak said...

Yeah, Prince and Princess Charming! You've done an amazing job, once again, Nik. Congratulations on a terrific job of using the trim challenge.

Amanda said...

Ooh this is just too sweet!!!

m.e (Cathie) said...

i'm loving this challenge...well, not participating, but seeing all the wonders you can make with gold trim! lovely darling ♥

minimon said...

love to see what is possible to do with a piece of trim - great idea!

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

That is just the best dress up creation ever!

LaurieStar said...

Oh my gosh! These are so adorable! I love them with the capes! Cute!

casserole said...

What a great idea!! I'm going to remember this for our church Christmas pageant! (Would make some awesome wise men crowns...)

I posted a link to your project on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/lookie-what-she-made-dress-up-crown-from-tassle-trim/2009/10/24/

--Anne