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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Interchangeable Ruffled Headband

My daughter’s hair is finally getting long enough to do some fun hairdos with, but she also has those tiny little fly-aways that aren’t quite long enough to reach her ponytail. 
So, we’ve been utilizing a headband to help.  But being the crafty momma I am, I had to jazz up the little elastic headbands we’ve been using! =)
I went looking for ideas on Pinterest (yes, I’m a Pinterest junkie) and found some super cute ideas from the Funky Polkadot Giraffe.  Using her ideas for her ruffle headband and her ruffle bookmark I made my own version.
*** Before I begin, I just wanted to point out that I am a beginning sewer, so don’t shy away from this project because it involves a sewing machine.  Seriously, if I can do it, you will definitely be able to too!! =) ***
You’ll need:
**  Scraps of fabric
** Scraps of felt
** Sewing machine
** Elastic headband
** Seam ripper
**Glue gun
** Velcro
** Iron
Start out by cutting your fabric to size.  My fabric strip was 12 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. 
Adjust your sewing machine to sew a long stitch with high tension.  Then, sew directly down the middle of your fabric strip.
**Before you go any further, put your tension back to normal so you don’t forget when it comes time to sew again!**
Pull on the bottom thread of your stitch and your fabric will start to gather.  Keep pulling and moving the ruffles across until they are evenly distributed.  {I heart ruffles!!}  Now, layer your ruffled fabric on top of your piece of felt cut to 2.5” x 5”.
You can either pin the felt to the wrong side of your fabric ruffle, or you can hold onto it as you go.  I didn’t pin it because I wanted to adjust the ruffles as I went.  Using the edge of your presser foot as a guide, sew all around the ruffle, making sure to keep the ruffle and the felt aligned if you didn’t pin it like me!
Seam ripper time!  Carefully remove the stitch down the middle.
 Now it’s time to turn your cute ruffle into a headband!  Turn the ruffled piece over and cut another piece of felt to match the smaller rectangle you made stitching around the edges. 
Using velcro (I found FabricFusion velcro that just irons on…love it!) attach a strip to the top of both pieces of felt.
Match your two velcroed felt pieces together.  Now, take your headband and use it as a spacing guide.  Glue the open end of your felt making sure to leave a small tunnel down the middle for your headband.  Just be careful not to let your glue get too close to the middle or it will get on your headband.
After your hot glue is dry, you can open up your opposite (velcro) side.  You now have a little tunnel perfect for your elastic headband.


Anonymous said...

I love this, I can't wait to make some for my girls! You make this seem so easy, Thank you!

Aleks said...

what a great idea! my nieces will love this!

Sky @ Capital B said...

What a great idea to make these interchangeable! Although I have no little girls of my own, I can't stand it but to make stuff like this for my nieces! :) Hope you have a great rest of the week!

Seaweed and Raine said...

Stunning Fabric! What is it? (I have a thing for yellow and grey at the moment!) Those ruffles look amazing. Thanks for the tute! :)

Jamie said...

Cute! And velcro is a genius idea! -jamie @

BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} said...

What an adorable idea! I definitely need to make some for my little girls. I'm glad to know I don't have to be an expert at sewing to do this project!!

Chef in Training said...

this is such a cute headband! I love it! I will have to try one out for my little girl!

Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! You were the most viewed link last week! Come check it out! I would love to have you stop by and link up again with more great projects!

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

Thanks for all of the comments! I'm loving yellows and grays right now too. The fabric actually came from a fabric jelly roll from Wal-Mart. They had lots of different color combos but I definitely loved the black and yellow the best!

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