Monday, 8 August 2011

Sew Sweet Headband Tutorial

Well ladies, here it is! My very first tutorial I would love nothing more than for you to have some fun and tap into your own inner-creativity to make headbands in any colour and size you like! If you're like me and love accessorising your outfits with that perfect item but just can't find that special something, just make yourself one! They also make fantastic gifts and with Christmas just around the corner, it's the perfect thing to do! I hope you have as much fun making these gorgeous headbands as I do... they're so so adorable!

I was feeling particularly girly today so I have picked a gorgeous pale yellow and purple fabric for my flowers, pale yellow buttons for my centres and a lavender spandex lace for the headband...worked out quite nicely don't you think?
You will need:

  • a 1/4 of a metre of your favourite coloured fabric. I'm using cotton today but satin works just as well
  • a pair of sharp scissors
  • glue gun and some hot glue melts
  • needle and matching thread
  • buttons to match your fabric
  • a 12.5 inch long piece of spandex lace (available at most crafting shops)
  • a 5.5 inch long piece of elastic
  • 2 x 5cm pieces of matching ribbon
  • a coffee cup (empty of course)
Trace around the brim of your coffee cup onto the back of your fabric 20 times and cut out your circles...these circles will become the petals of your flowers; there are two flowers to this type of headband with 10 petals on each flower.

To make your petals, take a circle and fold it in half. You can iron the crease to make things easier

Fold in half again and iron your crease

Do this with all the remaining petals

Take your needle and thread and pop two stitches along the bottom of one petal
Do this about a 1/4cm in from each edge and a 1/2cm from the bottom edge
Do this with 9 more petals and tug the thread as you go so your flower begins to take shape

Your flower should look like this!

Once you have threaded all 10 petals on, pop your needle through the petal you started and tug on it gently with to close the flower

Run a stitch or two back and forth through the two petals to secure it, then stick your needle down through the fabric and tie a knot on the back

Repeat the process to create your second flower. They should look this this:

Cut out two small circles of left over fabric about the size of a 50 cent coin and hot glue one on the back of each flower to secure your petals in place

Glue your buttons on over the centres of your flowers

Take your 12.5 inch long piece of spandex lace and stitch your 5.5 inch long piece of elastic to each end of the lace. Be sure to stitch it on securely so it won't come loose.

Take one of your 5cm long pieces of ribbon. Wrap it and glue it down over the stitching on your headband. Repeat on the other end.

Have a play around and decide where you would like to position your flowers on your headband. Once you have them where you'd like them, use hot glue to attach them to the headband. Cut out two small circles about 7cm wide and use these to glue over the lace on the back of your flowers.

And there you have it! Your very own fabric flower lace headband!
For personal use only though please, I'd appreciate it if you didn't sell items made from this tutorial; it's just courtesy :)

I would love to see everyone's headbands! If you email your photos to me at
I will feature them here on this blog!

This is my very first ever tutorial so if I have missed something, or you would like to ask a question...please don't hesitate! :)

Enjoy! xox

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