Bow Headbands...and a resolution!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Have you seen these...oh, I don't know...EVERYWHERE??!!! Well, I every form. So, I decided to try to make one of these bow headband deals for two reasons:
1. I have a puzzling amount of headbands in the bottom of my drawer for no apparent reason since I think I have only worn one of them...once.
2. I resolve to "accessorize" more. Nothing crazy. I just feel like I've forgotten that side of me (yes, it used to exist!) and I'm going to TRY to remember it!

Here's what you need:
-hot glue gun
-fabric strips or ribbon
-unattractive headband

Here's how I did it:
1. Cut strips of fabric (if that's what you're using). I cut mine diagonally...don't know why. It doesn't matter how long bc you can pick up in the middle---I'll show you!

2. Get unattractive headband...done! (This shouldn't be a step....just wanted to show you how very bland this is...)

3. I folded the strips, right side out, bc hot glue will go right through that cotton quilt fabric...and burn you!!

4. Cut some little rectangles, fold them in half lengthwise and glue them on around the ends of the headband. Gives it a "finish" at the end and is much more confortable to wear.
5. Get your long strip ready, fold it in half lengthwise(you might want to iron it---I didn't). Put a dot on hot glue on the OUTSIDE of the headband, right on the fabric you just glued down. Then you can fold the cut side under, wrap the strip around it and glue that down over it. All so you don't see a raw edge.

6. Keep adding glue and wrapping. I only glued on the top/outside edge of my headband bc mine was the kind with teeth on the inside.
Here's the part where I needed to add a new strip:

7. To do that, cut the new strip edge straight across and fold over, like so:

8. Then put a little hot glue on that folded edge and apply on the BOTTOM side of the headband. Wrap it around so that doesn't show and keep going! At the very end I used the same technique to finish it off.
9. The bow...well, I don't know how to make bows. I'm sure I could look it up or...ask...but that takes time and sometimes when you are making something you just can't stop to look it up. So, I made it up! I cut a rectangle, wrapped a spare piece of fabric strip, tied that in a knot on the back--done! I thought the raw edges on the bow might make it a little "cooler." We'll see...

10. Glue that bow in an oh so askew way to your headband and voila! That's is pretty close to what I've seen in every store lately!
*PS--Notice how it matches that Kangaroo Pocket Skirt I made...would that be too matchy-matchy to wear it together??? Hmm...

Here's a ribbon one too! Yes, they are both brown---I wear a lot of brown, ok?!


Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

Great job! I love headbands!! Thanks for sharing at Spring has Sprung at Fun to Craft. Feel free to stop by the party again!

Debbie in Nashville said...

These look great!

Kaysi said...

I really like those, so great!

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