I think I first came across the idea of handmade birthday crowns via Soulemama some time ago - and decided to make one for Reuben as a birthday tradition for as many years as he's willing to put it on! I didn't follow a pattern, just drew and cut a crown shape in three layers; cotton for front and lining and felt for a bit of structural reinforcement in the middle. I went with nani iro's lovely spotty jersey cotton for the outside and an old grey and white pinstripe cotton for lining - because greeny grey hues look so good with little one's grey eyes and copper hair! For embellishments I attached bias tape around the bottom with extra length on either side for a tie, different green buttons to the four points and embroidered a simple "R" on the front - I kept it fairly simple because the nani fabric is already busy - and also because I'd like to embroider a different little motif on the crown each year... He seemed fairly nonplussed about wearing it - and it was a wee bit too big - though terribly sweet all the same ♥
The second thing I made for Reu's birthday - and his main present from us - is a soft busy book which we call a "bits and bobs" book because, well, it is full of different bits and bobs! Again, I improvised without a pattern so it is quite "rustic" so to speak! I am very happy with how its turned out though... the brightness of the felt on every page, the different scraps of printed cotton (including two little playful girls from family pyjamas more than 20 years old) and a myriad of interesting textures and actives like squishy tools filled with plastic bags, bells on an elastic cord, zip, felt shapes to match with embroidered outlines, a pocket from Alex's cowboy shirt, and the top of a pair of Reu's overalls that no longer fit! It was a very enjoyable gift to dream up and thread together... but by far the best part is seeing Reu's curious face as he thumbs over the pages and pulls and tugs at different bits!