Hey there, it’s Tweedlebud Megan again! Seems it’s the season for birthday parties! (Us teachers really have it planned to maximize our time off!! :) ) Miss O turns 3 this week but we’ve already had her party. We had guests visiting and decided it’d be the perfect time to celebrate!
I’ve never understood the need to give out a loot bag to kids who come to birthday parties. It wasn’t something we did as kids, nor do I really remember receiving them. Thinking back now my Mom must have the thought it was strange too. As a child I remember parties being about doing something crafty with my friends. I remember painting t-shirts, making fancy masks, sewing lunch bags or hair scrunchies (remember those!?) Then my friends got to take them home....so I guess their ‘loot bag!”
For Olivia’s little party I really wanted to make party hats that’d last. Those paper ones rip and aren’t that creative. I thought it would be fun for the kids to get to decorate them and take them home.
Olivia and I spent a morning sewing them so they were ready to go!
Of course, I didn’t manage to think of sharing this with Miss Tweedle until after we’d already started, so the pictures are a bit limited. But, here’s what I did.
I started with an old paper hat. Opened it up flat and traced it to make a pattern and then cut out 2 pieces of fabric per hat. I made the whole thing about 1/4 of an inch larger to account for sewing it together. I then (OK, my husband- I put him to work!) cut out 2 pieces of heavy weight iron-in facing per hat to help make the whole thing stiffer. After ironing on the facing to each piece I sewed them right sides together leaving about 2inches of space to turn them right side out. The next step was to iron them all flat.
Finally a pic!- Hats right side out and ironed flat.
I was going to top stitch around them to close the hole but didn’t bother and they worked great. I then did a small stitch in on the base of the hat to hold it together.
After this, I glued them shut! Yep...glue. I wasn’t sure if it was going to work, but it did!! I bought this glue at Fabricland for $5 and thought it’d be easier than a glue gun for the seam. It was!! I put in a bead of glue and a few pins to hold it and left it to dry. It took about 30 min.
I debated about the elastic and decided that since the party was small (4 kids, 6 adults) I could manage sewing in the elastic to fit each kid. It worked out really well, but depending on your party size you might want to do it ahead of time.
Isaac got to push the peddle to help sew on his elastic; a hit!!
From there it was do what you want!! I had bought pompoms, felt, and various pieces of ribbon for the kids and adults to choose for their hats!
We used both the fabric glue and a glue gun (manned by one Mom!) to attach things to the hats! Everyone seemed to enjoy it and we’ve been playing with ours all week! They’re now in the dress up bin!
Here are some of the finished products!!
Happy 3rd Birthday Olivia!