Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I love headbands. Love, probably too much, but love nonetheless. Unfortunately for me, many headbands hurt behind my ears, and, if they are the kind that go all the way around your head, they slip off. Which is why I've been wearing pantyhose in my hair for at least 15 years. No lie.
Before you think me totally insane, it works! They are perfectly stretchy, not too tight, stay put wonders! Great for a workout all alone, but dressed up they are perfectly lovely as a carrier for all things delightful and accessory like!
I also adore felt - love the felt flower trend, love the pop of femininity when a flower is added to an ensemble.
Thus - felt flowers and my favorite headbands. Perfection.
Things you'll need:
Old pantyhose (preferably the control variety) or tights. Tights are super perfect and come in amazing colors - opt for that if you can.
Felt flowers or ornamentation - you can buy these pre-made at places like Hobby Lobby (in the US at least) or online (I really love Ornamentea, also the place Jordan Ferney got hers for her felt ball garland). I have a tutorial on felt flowers and bows here as well.
Needle and thread. I prefer embroidery floss because I am a) the world's worst sewer and b) under the false pretense that it is somehow "better"/more secure.
To begin, cut strips (about 1 inch wide) from the tights/pantyhose - for a larger band cut higher on the thigh, for smaller, cut lower. Remember, these will stretch out so maybe go just a little smaller than you think originally, then try them on for size.
The strips won't look like much flat - and the edges don't have to be perfectly straight. Once you give them a pull they curl up, like this:
At this point you'll need to decide how to decorate your headband.
If you are using pre-made flowers (or have a collection of your own already made) go ahead and play around with them.
Decide which configurations of flowers and leaves, just flowers, or anything else you like.
Flip over the arrangement you like. Thread your needle. I should note here - if you like you could do this whole project with hot glue, but, since I know my headbands will be used by certain little ladies I didn't want anything that might itch or scratch - I also wanted to make sure it was as secure as could be and couldn't be pulled apart very easily.
Stitch through in a hidden place and tie off the end of the thread.
Continue stitching together until the arrangement is secure. To make sure the stitching isn't visible from the front try stitching through the surface of the felt, almost all the way through, and back through the back/non-visible part of the piece.
Decide how you want the secured piece to sit on your headband, then open up the headband and secure along the flower.
If you want the flower to lie against your head (to have it follow the shape of your head), be sure to pull the headband tight while securing and stitching to the flower. When complete tie off and cut off any loos threads.
Give a pull on the headband again and it will roll right back up.
That's it! One non-itchy, not tight, oh so right, cute as can be headband!
If you aren't into flowers you could leave the band alone and use it as-is, or you could use multiples, bare, for a "sporty" band.
To make the sporty band take three bands and lie them down together. Using another band cut into a strip, wrap the bands together and stitch or glue the strip closed.
Stay tuned for some how-to's for making your own flowers and bows (as well as templates to download).