Irish Dance Costumes: Headband Instructions

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Irish Dance Costumes: Headband Instructions
The Feis dance costume celebrates Irish culture. (Irish flag with shamrock image by Sophia Winters from

The Irish dance known as the Feis has been an important element of rural culture in Ireland, where children, teens and adults compete for titles and prizes. The costumes of the dancers celebrate history and schools of dancing. Inspired by dresses worn by Irish peasants for centuries, the costumes are adorned with Celtic designs and copies of the Tara booch, which holds a cape. The dance costume headband adds the finishing touch to these dresses.

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Things you need

  • Plastic headband
  • Quilt batting
  • Fabric, ribbons and sequins matching the costume dress
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fabric glue
  • Toothpicks

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  1. 1

    Cut the quilt batting into long 1 and 1/2-inch wide strips.

  2. 2

    Wrap the headband evenly with strips of quilt batting. Glue the ends of the batting to the inside of the headband with the hot glue gun.

  3. 3

    Cut the fabric into long 1 and 1/2-inch wide strips.

  4. 4

    Wrap the fabric strips over the batting, gluing the ends of the strips to the inside of the headband. Attach additional strips as needed with hot glue.

  5. 5

    Wrap the ribbon with spaces between wraps for stripes and back in the opposite direction for diamonds. Glue the ribbon ends to the inside of the headband.

  6. 6

    Glue the sequins on the stripes and diamonds with a small amount of fabric glue applied with a toothpick. Allow all glue to dry thoroughly.

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