Easy Tutorial :: How to make a fabric covered headband
If you are anything like me, you have an overflowing basket / box / cupboard of fabric scraps that are just too big to toss out. But what to do with them?? Think about hair accessories - for yourself, or any sweet little girls you know!
There are so many hair accessories that can be made from your fabric offcuts. Whether they are unique pieces, to match an outfit or attach to a project, there is something for everyone.
Fabric covered headbands are a quick and easy project to whip up, in no time at all. Thank you to the lovely Janine of Sarah Lauren (a ribbon lover's paradise, online!), for this great tutorial.
You will need:
- 20mm wide headband - available from Sarah Lauren
- Fabric - 40cm x 4cm cut on the bias (diagonally across the direction of the threads)
- Double sided tape
- 40cm of 9mm grosgrain ribbon
- Hot glue gun
1. Cut a strip of fabric 40cm x 4cm on the bias (across the diagonal of the threads, rather than running along the direction of the threads). It is not necessary to cut on the bias but I find it contours to the headband better.
2. Line the headband with double sided tape on both sides.
3. Remove the backing from the tape over the top of the headband.
4. Lie the fabric horizontally across your work surface. Position the end of the headband approximately 2cm and centred from the end of the fabric strip.
5. Gently roll the headband along the length of the fabric strip.
6. Before removing the backing tape from the inside of the headband, fold over the side flaps to make sure that each side will meet or slightly overlap at the middle. If there is too much overlap trim away any excess. Depending on the shape of your headband you may also need to trim the fabric near the ends, to allow the fabric to taper to the shape of the headband.
7. Remove the backing tape from the inside of the headband.
8. Gradually fold over the sides keeping the fabric smooth. The tape is only meant to hold the fabric enough to allow you to glue it all together.
9. Fold the ends of the fabric so they overlap to form a narrow point, and use hot glue to secure. Now fold the end back and hot glue to the headband.
10. Now take the ribbon and trim one end to form a semi circle. Heat seal the end with an open flame or wood burning tool. Tea lights or matches will work just fine.
11. Using hot glue, attach the rest of ribbon around the inside of the band, until it is a few millimetres from the end of the headband.
12. Continue using hot glue to attach the ribbon to the headband making sure it is centred. When you get to the last few centimetres trim the ribbon to fit and continue to trim the end into a semi circle.
Finally, glue the last few centimetres down. You have now completed your Fabric Covered Headband!