Finding hair accessories for a newborn can be difficult if you are looking for something unique that matches your child’s clothing. You can purchase speciality pieces from baby supply stores, but these can be expensive. The other option is to make your own. By using a pair of pantyhose, you can create a headband for your newborn that is inexpensive and can be decorated to match your child’s outfits.
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Things you need
- Flexible measuring tape
- Pair of pantyhose
- Fabric scissors
- Fabric glue
Use a flexible measuring tape to measure your newborn’s head where you want the headband to rest. Subtract two inches from this total.
Use your measuring tape to measure the diameter of the leg of a pair of pantyhose. You are looking for it to match the measurement from Step 1. You can use any colour hose. You can use new or used pantyhose. A child-sized pair of hose is the right size for most newborns. However, you can use the lower part of the leg on an adult pair of hose if you prefer. Tights can also be used and will be harder to snag.
Use a pair of fabric scissors to cut the leg of the hose where the diameter matches your measurement. Measure three inches from your cut and cut again. This will give you a three-inch-wide loop of pantyhose. You can use other types of scissors to cut the hose if you want; however, fabric scissors are sharper and will give you a cleaner cut.
Fold the edges of the pantyhose inward so the cut edges are rolled to the inside of the pantyhose loop. Attach the two edges together using fabric glue. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Decorate the headband with silk flowers, buttons or sequins as you like. Ensure any decorations added are secure and cannot be pulled off by small hands. If the decorations are not secure, do not use them or they can become a choking hazard.
Tips and warnings
- If you cannot find a pair of hose in the colour you want, use fabric dye to colour them.
- For safety purposes, never leave a headband on your newborn unsupervised. It can present a suffocation hazard.
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