DIY Princess Bubblegum Crown

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We are heading to Oz Comic-Con tomorrow. We had a fun time last year when Emma dressed as Raven from Teen Titans, and after many, many weeks of deliberation, she finally settled on Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time. Princess Bubblegum (PB for short) is made of bubblegum (hence the pink), and is the ruler of the candy kingdom. Not just a pretty face, Emma likes her because she is a scientist and inventor “She’s really smart mum!”. Ok, I’ve been told.

If you are looking for the crown instructions scroll down, but first let me tell you about how I put the costume together.

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I agreed to make a PB costume with the thought that I could just buy a pink dress from the op-shop and add a lilac collar and sash, but there were no pink dresses to be found so I had to make one from scratch.

How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au

I used a couple of vintage patterns, one for the bodice and another for the puffy sleeves. Neither had a peter pan collar so I drafted that myself. It wasn’t perfect but will a little cajoling, it’s passable.

Fabric shopping was a challenge, Miss Emma is very exacting and the only fabric  that matched the colour perfectly was a polyester knit at $20 a meter so I bought just 1.3m in hopes that it would suffice. Luckily it was wide and fairly reversible, so I did some creative cutting and only had a few scraps to spare.

How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au

So after much cutting, fiddly zip inserting, sewing and hand stitching, we have one very fancy Princess Bubblegum dress that meets her royal highness’s approval.

Princess Bubblegum cosplay costume

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What do you think? Did I do a good job? I’m pretty pleased at how it turned out, even though it looks simple it was quite a lot of work, 8-9 hours for the dress alone. The crown was much easier (thank goodness).

Emma was really chuffed and we thought it would be fun to do a photoshoot before Comic-con. Rather than a wig we opted for pink hair spray, I think it looks much cuter and there will be no ‘itchy wig’ complaints tomorrow.

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How to Make a Princess Bubblegum Crown

How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au

You will need:

How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au
paper crown template (I’ll show you how to make one below with A3 paper and pencil)
Stiff yellow felt – 1 or 2 large sheets (A3 size, the stiffest you can find)
Blue plastic gem (round)
20cm firm elastic
Scissors
Craft glue
Sewing needle and yellow thread (or sewing machine)
Pegs

How to:

Make Template
How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au
Fold A3 sheet of paper in half and sketch the shape of the crown on the fold. Use the gem as a guide, the proportions of crown will depend on the wearer.
How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au
Cut out the template and test on your model. I shortened the height and narrowed the width of the band.

Making the Crown
How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au
Trace your template onto the felt twice. I adjusted the height so I could just fit 2 on a sheet, if your crown is taller use a second sheet.
How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au
Cut out the crown shapes from felt.
How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au
Go ahead and glue on your gem, then leave to dry.
How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au
Pin on elastic onto the back of one side of the headband, and measure on head to determine the elastic length.
How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au
Hand or machine sew elastic to secure, and trim any excess elastic.
How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au
If your felt is stiff enough the crown is ready to wear, but for a sturdier crown I’ve added another layer of felt.
How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au
Add plenty of glue to second felt piece.
How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au
Insert and glue to inside of crown matching up the edges.
How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au
Clip with pegs and allow glue to dry.

How to make Princess Bubblegum crown - Cosplay Costume mypoppet.com.au
That was pretty easy to make and the result looks great!

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3 Comments

  • Sarah Helene says:

    WOW! What a terrific photo shoot & easy-to-follow tutorial for the Princess Bubblegum Crown in gold felt! Love the princess maxi dress sewn in bright pink with a rich regal purple collar & wide sash at the waist. Bravo! Your daughter’s smiles reveal her feeling that Mom sewed lots of LOVE into this outfit! Thanks for sharing.

  • cosIadoru says:

    Your princess is really lovely!!!Thanks for sharing:)

  • Jasmine says:

    This is brilliant! My daughter has crazy hair day at school next week and she’ll love to have PB hair and a crown! Thank you!!!

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