I’m still here! Motherhood and work have kind of broken my creativity, or at least taken the time I might have spent being creative recently. But I am slowly, slowly making my way back. In April I joined the Mum Poet Club and have had a poem included in one of their zines, edited by Liz Berry. It’s such an honor, especially because I love Liz Berry’s work – she’s amazing! I even started an Instagram account for my poetry. Will it last? I’m still not sure, but poetry was an important part of my life for a long time and it is nice to return to it.
I’ve also made some fabric crowns as birthday gifts recently. I roughly followed the Pretty Prudent tutorial, with a few adjustments. I made a casing for the elastic, and made a more zigzag style crown template (made on a piece of cardboard from a box of baby wipes, ha!). I also made them reversible. I couldn’t get topstitching on the first one, but did manage it on the second. I think the biggest challenge has been figuring out the height – the first felt too short and the second too high. They also sat lower on the child’s head than I would have liked, but with elastic I am not sure they would sit on a forehead very well, so there is definitely still something to improve on. They really are fun to make, though, so I’ll definitely be making more, especially as they are surprisingly quick and easy. I was worried about getting them pointy enough, but actually that was just fine.
I’ve been using fabric from my stash for them, including some lovely Liberty fabric a friend gave me a while ago and some very cheap and sparkly fabric.
I feel odd giving tips, but I’m going to anyway:
- When sewing the valleys (part between peaks), you will go further down than feels intuitive.
- I found it helpful to make sure I left the needle in when turning angles – I think this is a thing anyway, but I’m not a very technical sewist.
- Have a knitting needle (or maybe bamboo skewer, something sharp!) to poke out the points and corners before everything is sewn fully closed.
- Trim the fabric/interfacing at each corner/peak so they are flat/at a 45 degree angle (I hope that makes sense!)
- Make sure you notch (preferably extensively!) the seams at the valleys; they seem to be the part that is hardest for me to get fully flat.
I hope this inspires you to make a few of your own!