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Written by Julia Mulcair on April 17, 2023

A Party Fit for Two Princesses

My twins recently turned 4 and requested a Princess tea party. Naturally, the sewer in me thought this was the perfect opportunity to get crafty!

My first idea was to sew a banner with the words "lets partea" appliqued on it.

This was a pretty simple project thanks to vliesofix. I traced out the letters onto my vliesofix, remember to mirror! and ironed them onto the back of some lovely liberty print cotton

Peel away the backing and you're ready to iron the letters to your base fabric. I used a lightweight cotton canvas for this.

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Once my letters were in place I stitched around the edge with a small zigzag stitch.

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With the letters in place, I set to creating a little cake below them with some fabrics and trims. You could really get creative with this part and explore some of the decorative stitches on your machine and play with applique and trims

Once the front was complete I laid the front right side up. placed a layer of thin wadding on top, and my backing fabric on top of that, right side down, and placed some ribbons at the top for hanging.

I sewed around the edge leaving a small opening to turn the right side out.

Once it was all encased and turned right side out I sewed the opening closed and top stitched right the way around the edge.

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My girls loved this party decoration and now use it as a little play mat for dolly tea parties.

Next up.... some crowns for the princesses

I thought it would be a nice gift for our guests to each have a personalised crown to wear at the party and take home as a gift rather than a party bag.

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They made for really cute table decor and a lovely keepsake for all our guests.

I've made a lot of these sustainable crowns, you can find the pattern and instructions here This time I added a layer of soft tulle to the outside, simply stitched around the edge, and then trimmed away, leaving an opening to pop some glitter in for added sparkle.

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Each one was embroidered with the child's name using one of the inbuilt fonts on my PFAFF creative 3.0 Curlz in the 30mm height. I really love the scroll on this font and the three size options make it really versatile to match your project.

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The crowns were a hit with all the little princesses and their Mums too! Plus especially my two little princesses.

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Until next time, happy sewing

Julia xx

Article written by Julia Mulcair
Julia Mulcair is the owner of Pitt Trading, an Australian online fabric store and the lingerie society, a monthly subscription service for lingerie sewers. She grew up around fabric, and has been sewing for 30 years. Julia focuses on garment sewing, with a particular love of lingerie making. She shares her makes on Instagram and YouTube and is always working on the next lingerie design!

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