Friday, July 23, 2010

no-sew headband tutorial

My haircessory marathon continues.  I'm super excited about this one because it requires absolutely no sewing.  Many of you have mentioned that you aren't on friendly terms with a sewing machine, so this little headband is for you!

(This one was an experiement, so I have to admit that I made it just for me and not my kids.  ;)  But now that I know it works, I'll be making some kid-sized headbands to add to the sixth craft till Christmas stash.)

What you need:
-2 ribbons (Measure from that bone right behind one ear across the top of your head to the bone behind the other ear.  Cut two ribbons this length.  How's that for a technical measurement?!)
-double-sided fusible fabric tape cut the same length of your ribbons (Make sure your ribbons are about the same width as your fabric tape.)
-2 - 1/2 inch pieces of double-sided fusible fabric tape a simple elastic headband
-an iron

What you need if you want to make it fancy:
-long thin fabric scraps
-a hot glue gun

What you do:
1)  Sandwich fabric tape inbetween the two ribbons.  The ribbon should be facing right sides out.

2)  Iron according to fabric tape directions.  Let cool.

3)  Take elastic headband and place it on one end of the ribbon.  Fold the ribbon up about 1/2 inch.  Take 1 of the 1/2 piece of fabric tape and sandwich it into the fold.  Iron according to package directions.  The elastic should now be stuck in the ribbon fold.

4)  Repeat with other side of ribbon and elastic.  Let cool.

You can leave it just like this or go on to the next step to fancy it up a bit!

5)  Take thin long fabric scrap and twist it into a long twisted fabric scrap. 

6)  Start winding long twisted fabric scrap around itself using hot glue to secure the winding in place.

7)  After winding up the majority of the fabric secure the tail underneath the flower with hot glue.

8) Add an outer layer using a different color with the same process.  See center flower.

9)  Secure finished flower onto ribbon with hot glue.  Add just one flower or do two or three.   

And that's an easy, no-sew headband. 

Of course, my daughter woke up from her nap while I was typing this up AND still wearing the headband on my head . . . so guess what that means . . .

Hmmm . . . hopefully, she will completely forget about these by Christmas.  On the bright side of things, at least now I know she likes them!

This took me less than 30 minutes with stuff I already had on hand, so 27 minutes and $0.00 later I have a cute headband and a great gift idea to add to my sixth craft till Christmas.  

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Papgena Made It said...

your daughter has a sweet face!
it is a good idea, no doubt!

Michelle said...

Looks easy enough! Very cute-

Kenzie said...

So cute! What a cutie!

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

Oh I love this. Easy and adorable. Now I need to go hunt up some of those elastic headbands.
And could your daughter be any cuter??? :)

Unknown said...

Cute! I love it.


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Bethany @ The Paper Pony said...

This is so cute! I wish daughter #1 would keep a headband in her hair and I REALLY wish daughter #2 HAD some hair. Maybe MUMMY needs a new headband! Great idea!

Unknown said...

So simple and so cute. I am contemplating cutting my hair short and accessorizing with headbands, so if that happens, I will definitely be making some of these!

Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

Wow! I love anything and everything no sew. Very cute. :)

Diana said...

I love this. What a good idea, but then all your ideas are brill and your daughter looks so pretty wearing the headband.


Michelle said...


Allison Shops said...

Cute dear daughter. The headband is darling too!

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Jill said...

Simple yet fabulous! Great work, and good luck in the crafter contest!

DesignTies said...

So cute! I doubt my son will let me make one for him, though ;-)

DeeAnna said...

My 14 year old niece is visiting and this is a perfect project for us to try! I have two boys so having a girl around to do girly things is soooo nice.

Donene said...

It looks so cute! I like your model, she is adorable!

Jami said...

Very cute headband!! amazing that you had everything on hand!! I hope you'll stop by my First Pretty Packages Party and share some of your fabulous talent!
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Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

So cute and I love that it is no sew!!

Leanne said...

That is so cute. What a great idea for girl gifts. I'm visiting from All Thingz Related.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Clever and cute! laurie

Lori said...

I think the head band is really nice.

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Jennifer Dawn said...

So cute! I am going to have to make one of these for my little girl!

Karen said...

Adorable! Love that its fast, easy, cheap, and chic! :>:> This is the first time I've hopped my way here....glad I did! :>

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

CUTE! I need to start making some new hair goodies for my girls for school.. I think we'll need to make some soon.

Jeni said...

What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing!!

Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

If my hair were long enough, I would so totally wear it! And yea(!) no sew.

Thanks for linking up to the “Cheap Thrills Thursday” party at Black Kats Design. I hope you had fun and will join in again next Thursday!


Zazu Ta said...

Lovely Tutorial!

I have been looking for something like this.


Anonymous said...

Love it! Adorable little girl also! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday @PonyTails&FishScales!

Mandy's Creative Corner said...

How adorable! I just love how easy & creative it is!!!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Om goodness--this looks straight out of a high-end boutique, fabulous!

half pint honey said...

Love it! You've got my vote! :)

Unknown said...

Sorry I am late getting to see your project...thanks for joining us last week for Anything Related! ~Bridgette

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

Love the colors in this! Very cute!

Thanks for joining me for Friday Favorites!

hair accessories said...

So cute and simple enough that I could probably give it a try. Thank so much for yet another practical, super fun and easy tutorial!

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