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Monday, August 3, 2009

Lovely Summer Headband Tutorial

we had the best time making some fun quick headbands the other night - i thought i might whip up a tutorial for all to share. this is just a guideline- so have fun trying it a million different ways!
start with your supplies, an elastic hairband (or use a ribbon, or plastic headband covered in fabric), scissors, felt sheets, and later you will need a needle and thread.
fold over your felt about 1" and cut. no need to be too precise here.
snip off 1" squares of the folded over piece you cut. if you were to unfold them they would be about 2"x1"
keep snipping down your felt strip
with the folded edge in your fingers cut the top edges in a simple leaf shape. Keep the folded bottom wide for now.
soon you will have a little stack of felt soldiers. admire your work. ah lovely.
get out your needle that is in your pincushion (mine is a shameless plug of my rowdy ravens up now on etsy)
back to it! take one leaf and squeeze it between your fingers so that the folded edge gets ruffled.
stitch through the leaf to maintain the ruffles
continue with the same process adding each ruffled leaf to the last to create a row of ruffles
like this lovely row- do you have enough? make some more quick if you feel like it!
now start stitching your row of petals to your hairband. if you are using a plastic headband covered in fabric make sure you don't sew the leaves on right in the center- believe me, it looks silly.
stitch stitch stitch, you are almost done!
and there it is!
here are some tries with other styles - little layered flowers and such!
i made five the first time i tried! i'd love to see yours- send me pics or links to show them off!


  1. Lovely headbands! If I make one for Sophie, I'll share pics for sure.
    Oh, and I LOVE your raven pincushions, too cool!

  2. These headband/bracelets are wonderful and so pretty! I am inspired to try, even with my very basic sewing skills. Thank you!

  3. So pretty!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:

  4. Wow, these are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing the how-to, I'll be linking.

  5. These are totally cool! And you're right, there are infinite possibilities. Thanks for sharing.

  6. These are totally cool. And you're right, they have infinite possibilities! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Headbands are my friend at the moment, because my fringe (I think in the USA its called bangs) is neither here nor there. I am gonna try and make me one of these little beauties, I even have a sheet of felt in my cupboard.

  8. I came here via OPT. LOVE these headbands. I'm going to whip up a few this evening. Thanks!

  9. Many compliments for your original creations!
    Ciao dall'Italia.

  10. Thanks everyone who commented! Now I need to make a winter version .. .


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