Since, one of the most popular topics I have been getting questions about are my Mario Caps and Princess Peach crowns I made for E.'s birthday party, I thought I would share some more detailed steps and photos of the process to answer some of your questions. Although, I am greatly flattered at the many requests of interest in purchasing my crowns and caps, I simply do not have time to make and sell these, but I will answer any questions you may have in regard to making them. I appreciate all the wonderful kind comments and emails I have received from everyone. It is hard to imagine sometimes that my sister isn't the only one that reads my blog, even harder to see that some of my readers are on the other side of the world. Know that although, it takes me a while sometimes to respond to your emails, I will eventually respond, sometimes through a post like this.
Probably my 3rd most popular question is: Do I have a pattern for my mario caps? Good question. When I made caps, I did make a pattern for myself (a sketch if you will), BUT it is a patten for my then 6 year old. Below are instructions on how I made the mario caps with this pattern, but take into consideration the age and head size of your kids and adjust the pattern size to accommodate those measurements.
I bought a very soft fleece fabric for the caps. Generally, the most typical colors would be red and green for Mario and Luigi. However, my kids also wanted a Power Super Mario and Power Super Luigi cap as well so they pouted their lips and very easily convinced me with the simple five words, "I love you so much." They honestly had me at the pout.
My pattern consists of 5 pieces:
First, pin the side cap piece to the top cap piece.
I generally like to start in the middle and work my way around.
This allows the two end pieces to be exactly the same size.
After you pin the pieces together, sew.
Next, put the two beak pieces together, right sides together. Place a piece of interfacing on top of the two right sides to make it stiffer. What you should have is a piece of interfacing, followed by a piece of fleece facing down, followed by a piece of fleece facing up.
Flip the right sides out so that your interfacing is now sandwiched between the two pieces of fleece and iron it flat.
Sew around the edge of the beak so that it lays completely flat.
Here is where it gets a little tricky. At this point, you should have 2 pieces (the top and the beak) that need to be sewn together.
Center the beak inside the cap. The cap should still be facing inside out when you place the beak inside. Pin the beak in place and then sew.
When you sew the beak onto the top of the cap, you next have to hem the rest of the cap, folding under the excess fabric all around the cap.
I also sewed down the beak and front of the cap.
The final step would be to cut out the circle and Letter "M." Place a piece of interfacing under the circle. Sew the M with a zig zag stitch onto the circle before sewing onto the cap so it gives a cleaner look inside the cap.
The final product
Here are some of my mistakes. The Power Mario and Luigi cap have a white circle with a colored letter instead of a colored circle with a white letter. I thought I would point that out should you be making these too.
My assembly line
I will tell you this project will take a LONG time. It took me about 10 hours to make all my caps so I was definitely rethinking my plan after the 10th hour. Should you take on this task, I will definitely say you are a wonderful parent to be doing this for your kiddos and they will thank you to no end
"in a heart beat, most definitely yes."