Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Headband Tutorial

I have had some requests for a tutorial for the headbands I have posted so here goes my first tutorial.
Fabric Supplies

1. headband  piece of fabric 30 inches by 2 1/2-3 inches wide.(mine is 2 3/4 inches wide but you can go thinner or thicker depending on your preference.)
2.  fabric for flower  1 1/2 inches wide 25 inches long.
3.leaf fabric-3 2x3 inch rectangles.
 Take your main piece of headband fabric and fold in half. Now we want to cut the end at an angle. I just take my ruler and rotary cut by eyeing it.
 After you have the end cut, you want to make another cut while it is still folded so that your headband can taper back and fit comfortably. Put ruler in place and trim with  rotary cutter.

Now sew 1/4 inch all the way around your head band piece.  
For the flower fold the 25 X 1 1/2 inch piece and fold in half at one end.
 Press till it is nice and flat all the way down your fabric strip.
 After pressing the piece in half you are ready to start shaping your flower. Take one end and make a small loop, this will be the center of your flower.
With your loop in one hand take the fabric hanging down and twist back and away from you and place around and under the center. (This takes a little practice so try it a few times until you get it.)

Now that you have your flower shape you want to set it on your head band fabric and see if it fits and and how it looks.
If your happy with the flower press it flat so that it will hold its shape while you place it.
 I placed my flower about 9 1/2 inches from the one end.
To cut the leaves I take my 3 2X3 inch squares and layer them so that all my leaves come out uniform.

 Start in one corner of your rectangle and curve out so that it makes a half leaf shape.
 Now you  have three leaves ready to place on your head band.
 Now place your leaves with one end underneath the flower and pin them in place.
 To sew on the flower I start in the center go about a 1/2 inch stop and with the needle still in the fabric lift up the presser foot and turn the headband to the direction I want to sew next. Repeat until you make your way to the outer edges and the leaves. You can make as many or as little stiches as you would like.

Works great with short or long hair.


Missy said...

Did you know that I've been wanting to make these? YOU are SO FABULOUS!!!

Heather Mae the DIY Gal said...

I love your step by step tute with pics! (I know how time consuming that can be!!) Beautiful tute. I miss having a little girl around :o(

ThE McNEiLs said...

Yay! Love tutorials! Thanks nat!

J-ME said...

Thanks a million Natalie. I made these for girls camp and they were a huge hit