Monday, February 27, 2012

((handmade monday)) DIY velvet bow headband

Hi there! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. We had some gorrrrrgeous spring-like weather on Saturday and we loved every second of it. I'm talking above 60 degrees and SO sunny. The gorgeous day got me inspired to make this colorful headband, so let's make one together shall we? 

Here's what you'll need for your headband:
velvet ribbon
glue gun
bobbin (if sewing)
elastic (I ended up switching to thin & round elastic, photographed at the end)
Sewing machine OR needle & thread
*You have the option of glue-gunning the entire project or sewing the ends. Up to you! So if you have a sewing machine & feel confident with it, get it all set up with a matching bobbin & read ahead*

Step 1:
Cut your ribbon into four sections. You'll need one of each of the following measurements. 
3 inches, 5 inches, 7 inches, 18-20 inches depending on how large your head is. 

Step 2:
Take your two middle-sized pieces (5 & 7 inches) and slightly overlap the ends. Using your glue gun, glue them together. 

Step 3:
Stack the 5 inch piece onto your 7 inch piece. Make sure they are centered and glue them together. I also glued the insides of the loops so that they laid flat. 

Step 4:
Figure out where, on your headband (the longest piece), you want your bow. I put mine off to the side. Mark on the bottom of your long piece where you want it & go ahead and place your bow there. Wrap the smallest piece of ribbon around the middle of all the pieces and secure with the glue gun. 

You'll have something like this. 

Step 5:
At this point, I tied a 6 inch piece of thin elastic into a knot, to make it a circle. 

Fold over the edge of one side of the ribbon and slip the elastic in. Sew a stitch (or glue) and repeat on the other side. 

You're done!

Slip that cutie pie on and feel all retro and schtuff ;)


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  1. Ooh, I love it! I definitely need to make some new headbands :)

  2. Very cute little project. I need to make myself some more headbands, for sure.

  3. That's so cute, and I love the color!
    Goes perfectly with my post all about bows today :)

  4. YES!!! I will def. be making this up sometimes in the very very near future!! Thank you so much for this little tutorial Kim!!! xo

  5. love that color & how cute it is! think i might be making myself one sometime soon. thanks for sharing!

  6. You are so cute! And hot glue projects are my fave- thanks for sharing!

  7. OMG VERY cute!!! I need to have a little girl so I can make these for her!! I don't think my boys will wear them! lol

    Nicole from

  8. I absolutely LOVE this! I so want to make one now!

  9. DUDE. I could totally do this...if my sewing machine worked.

  10. This is so simply sweet! Might have to make me a few of these ready for Spring =)

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