Inspiration: Taylor Swift.
I love her music, confidence and especially her sense of fashion. Taylor Swift often wears headbands that add a touch of chic country to her outfits and I decided to make one that is similar to her style. This headband is so easy to make and I promise you will love love love it!! You do not have to add the flower to the headband but I think it is the perfect finishing touch. Enjoy!!
lace (I chose a crocheted lace, but there are so many varieties and options at craft stores!)
needle & thread
hot glue gun
cardstock & writing utensil
STEP 1: First you want to cut the lace or ribbon or whatever material you have chosen for your headband. Lay it on your head before you cut it so you get an idea of the length that you need for your head. You want it to be long enough so it goes past your ears, just as it is shown in the photo below.
STEP 2: Now you need to cut a piece of elastic. This part is a little more difficult to measure because you want it to be short so that it will stretch when it is on your head. I cut my piece of elastic at about 5 inches.
STEP 3: Now it is time to sew the elastic onto the headband. Overlap the elastic and the lace as shown below and then sew the two pieces together. When you sew the second pieces together (as in the other ends), make sure the elastic is not twisted!!
STEP 4: Bend the edges of the lace over the elastic and secure them in place by sewing them. This will help keep the elastic attached to the lace.
STEP 5: Hopefully you already plugged your glue gun in and you can straight into this step!! Put a dab of hot glue where you sewed the elastic and lace together and place the edge of your ribbon on it. Wrap the ribbon around a few times in order to cover the area you sewed. The ribbon I chose was sheer, so I wrapped it around about 5 times to make sure it was covered well. When you are good with the way it looks, cut the ribbon and but another dab of glue on the edge to hold the ribbon in place. The ribbon really helps give your headband that finished look!!
You are half way there! Now for the extra fun part…making the flower!!
STEP 1: First you need to create a stencil for the shape of your flower. Draw out the shape on the cardstock and then cut it out!
STEP 2: I really loved making the flower because chiffon is such a fun material to work with. It’s very classy. Cut squares that are slightly larger than your flower stencil. The easiest way to cut the flowers out is to lay the chiffon squares on top of the stencil and cut the shapes around the petals while holding the stencil and chiffon in your hand. If you cut one piece of chiffon at a time…you will never finish. Cutting 3 pieces at a time seemed to work well!!
STEP 3: You can cut as many pieces as you want depending on how full you want your flower to look. I cut out 9 flowers, which I would say is about average.
STEP 4: Take 3 of the chiffon pieces you cut and lay them out on top of each other. Make sure the petals are not lined up because you want your flower to have that natural look.
STEP 5: Pinch the center of the pieces of chiffon to make a blossom shape.
STEP 6: Hold the flower upside down and sew through the pieces of chiffon to hold them in place. Make sure you go through different sides of the flower a few times with your needle and thread.
STEP 7: Now take three more pieces of your cut chiffon and pinch them around the blossom you have started. You do not want to pinch them as tight as the first three pieces you started with. Once you are good with their position, sew through the flower again just as you did in Step 6.
STEP 8: Now it is time to sew on the last 3 pieces.!! Yay!! You want these pieces to lay flat and again, make sure you alternate the petals for a natural look.
STEP 9: Knot the thread well in order to make sure your beautiful chiffon flower will not fall apart!!
Attaching the chiffon flower to the headband: Place your awesome headband on your head and decide where you want to place the chiffon flower. Once you know where you want to place it, sew the flower onto the headband. Be sure to sew through the chiffon flower in order to keep it secure on your headband.