Before I get started today, I have to let you all know that I am sharing this tutorial over at Crystal's Craft Spot today! Be sure to head on over there and see all of her wonderful ideas, as well as all of the other guest bloggers!
Today I'm going to show you how to make a fun, sassy, and unique headband! You can make these for yourself, or for your little girl - really, who wouldn't want to wear one?
What you need:
- hard headband
- satin/silk (any fabric will do, but if you are going glam, you'll want either of these!)
- hot glue/gun
- bling (I used beads, which also required a needle and thread)
- ribbon (I used a fat satin ribbon)
The first thing I did was cut a long strip of the color of silk I wanted to be my headband color. It was about one inch in width.
Secure it to the end of the headband with hot glue.
Wrap it around the headband, securing it on the other end with hot glue.
It is kind of fraying, which I like, but you can trim it off if you don't!
Next I made the tulle fan. I made it the same way I made my accordian fabric flowers, but instead of leaving the edges along the top, I put the fold along the top to give it a more finished look.
So, cut a strip of tulle and fold it in half.
Tie a knot in your thread, and stitch along the bottom.
When you get to the end of your strip, pull your thread to gather the tulle in a fan. Secure the ends together.
Now we're on to the rosette. You need to cut a circle out of your felt first.
Next cut a strip of your silk, and tie a knot in the end.
Hot glue the knot to the middle of your felt circle.
Twist the fabric - either towards you or away from you, whichever you like - and hot glue the rolled up strip to the felt as you circle it around. Yes, I burned myself more than once!
You can see when I got to the end, that my rosette was smaller than my felt circle. Just cut off the excess!
I wanted to add some feathers to mine, so I turned my rosette over, and hot glued some feathers in place. I used a small felt circle to secure them to the back of the rosette.
Now it's time to add some bling! If I had been thinking, I would have done this before I glued the feathers on. Since I decided to use beads, it was a little more difficult threading them through the rosette, felt, and where I had hot glued the feathers down! If you are just using a rhinestone, button, or brad, etc. then it won't matter as much the order that you do it in.
Glue your tulle fan to the back of your rosette. I just laid my rosette upside down on the table, put glue in a circle, and laid my tulle fan on top of it. This part is a little tricky since tulle is not very solid!
I cut out another small felt circle, and put hot glue on it. Then I sandwiched the headband with my completed rosette and the felt circle.
Now take your ribbon, and tie a bow around your headband where you want it to be. My friend made some headbands and did an upside down bow, and I love how it looks, so that's what I did too! I didn't glue it down or anything - just tied it on and heat sealed the edges of the ribbon.
And done! Put it on and admire your work! (Okay, so just pretend the headband is on someone glamorous instead of a pregnant lady in sweats!)
If you are not into headbands, or want these rosette's for a baby or younger child, you could skip the headband part and just make it into a clip! I plan to whip some of these up for baby sister!