I find that I absolutely adore headbands, bows, or other such items that fancify my hair. It makes me feel quite feminine and beautiful. Rather than purchase headbands or bows for $10 + I chose to make some. Just in time for my sister’s birthday too. The last time I experimented with headband making she loved the outcome so I thought to stockpile her with lots of pretty options.
Here are the headbands that I made. There are two bases that I used, the first type was a thin fabric band courtesy of Hobby Lobby, and the other is a wider, plain clear plastic from Ben Franklin. Neither are really expensive. I prefer the pre-wrapped fabric kind. It’s a much neater, cleaner look than the clear band, which had to be wrapped with double wide tailors lining, which can be found at any craft or sewing store.
The accents were made with a variety of techniques. On the far left there are four flowers made of felt, I cut circles in varying sizes, then cut into the circles following the curves and proceeded to glue them back together in the same fashion. Hot glue is quite messy with felt so, do be careful when attempting this or use a different type of glue. I was unsuccessful with any fabric glue that I found so I stuck it out with hot glue, despite the burns on my fingertips.
The black blob second from the left is super fun to make and I would love to make more of this style with brighter colors as this can, depending on one’s hair color, fade away in the mass of hair. Again, the material is felt, cut into two strips, and folded lengthwise (hot dog style), then snipped on the folded edge. Using the same concept as the previous flower, adhere to itself in a circular fashion. There is a taller length of felt in the middle with a shorter one on the outside, this is then fixed to the headband with a small felt circle on the opposite side of the band.
Polka dots! These rosettes are the same ones as seen on the far right, just different sizes, and colors. Similar rolling style as the 1st headband, cut fabric length desired tie a firm, small knot at the top and glue to felt circle, continue to tightly twist in on itself while going around the circle, use as much glue as desired to achieve different looks.
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Burlap. It is so rustic, traditional, beautiful and a complete PAIN the arse to work with. Essentially it falls apart in your hand. This bow is too adorable not to make out of burlap for my hippie sister. Regardless of the pain I endured and several ugly attempts, I successfully created the burlap bow headband! It is adorned with a thin strip of ribbon followed by a thin strip of pearls! I gave her a giant Mason jar to store all these goodies in!
At the bottom of the Mason jar were these bows, attached to hair clips and bobby pins, easy to add to any hairstyle! Some of the bows are felt which are much sturdier than plain fabric.
These rosettes are pretty easy to make I decided to test out different fabrics; tulle, silk and cotton to see what other fabrics I wanted to use for the future. The tulle was nice and light, while the cotton seemed a little too rigid for a subtle hairbow.