My Little Button is a
tiny bit massively into knights at the moment. We went to Norwich Castle at the start of the year and since then she’s been all about rescuing her brother from dragons whilst riding on our kitchen mop like a horse. We were going to her friend’s princess party recently and she was adamant she wanted to be a knight. I admired her boldness, and wouldn’t squash that into a princess dress, so I made her this tabard.
To fit a 3-4 year old knight you will need:
- Sparkly material (17in wide x 36in long)
- Plain backing fabric (17in wide x 26in long)
- Red material (7in square)
- Red bias binding (4m)
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1. Begin by folding both of your fabrics in half, having the fold at the top. To make the neck holes, take a small side plate and place half of it on the fold in the middle. Draw around this in tailors’ chalk. Cut it out and repeat on the other piece of fabric.
2. Draw your design for the front of the tabard onto paper to make a template. To make it symmetrical you can draw half of it then fold your paper in half and cut it out. Pin your template onto the red material and cut out. Pin this onto the middle of the sparkly material and sew as close to the edge as possible with red thread.
3. Pin your two pieces of fabric wrong sides together and sew with 1/2in seam allowance. Then add the binding. Open up one side of the binding and pin it all around the edge and neck hole of the tabard. Sew in place with red thread. Then fold it over to encase the raw edges of the tabard and pin it down on the front of the tabard. Pin in place and sew as close to the edge of the tabard as you can.
4. To make the waist ties, take your remaining binding and cut into four equal parts. Fold each one in half and sew it closed. Then sew each end closed and neaten up the edges. Pin a tie to the front and back piece of the tabard on the left and right of it 8 inches up from the bottom. Sew in place.
She was over the moon with the tabard and has even taken to going to bed with it on… well I guess a knight is never off duty!
If you’re looking for a no-sew tabard we’ve got a really easy version in our new craft book (still sounds strange saying that!), The Knight Craft Book, which is available now!
~ Laura xx ~