There are many options for a bride when it comes to her hair. She can sport a stylish updo or a soft, elegant wave, and she even has the option of what types of accessories she wants to wear. Bridal fashion has changed over the years, so the veil is not the only option available as brides can sport barrettes, hats, fascinators and even headbands, which can be rather pricey in stores. A bride can create her own wedding headband with a few tools and a vision of what she desires.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- 1-2-inch wide plastic headband
- ¼-inch wide, 5-inch long elastic band
- Fabric glue
- 1-inch wide by 1-yard long white, silver or pastel silk ribbon
- Glue gun with glue sticks
- Pearls or glass beads
- White craft feathers (optional)
- 1 yard of 56-inch wide white shimmer organza or lace
- Sewing machine
- Clear thread
Remove any dust or debris from your plastic headband using a soft cloth so you have a clean surface to work on. Any dust or debris may make your ribbon lumpy.
Attach your 1-inch wide by 1-yard long silk ribbon to one end of your headband using a dot of hot glue. This secures your ribbon so it doesn't unravel during assembly or during your wedding. Along with the ribbon, secure one end of the elastic to the same end. Stretch the elastic across to the opposite end and secure it with a dab of hot glue. This will be used later.
Wrap the ribbon around the headband tightly, covering both the top and bottom portions of the headband so none of the plastic shows through. As you wrap, secure each layer of ribbon to the previous layer with a dab of fabric glue. When you reach the opposite end of the headband, cover the end of the elastic then trim off the access ribbon and secure the end with hot glue.
Affix pearls or glass beads to the headband using hot glue. Pearls add a more elegant, formal look, whereas glass beads add shimmer and a touch of fun. With the beads or pearls, you can take the less-is-more approach by scattering them randomly on the headband, are you can cover the entire headband to bedazzle it and turn it into a conversation piece.
Attach three, 3-inch long fluffy white craft feathers to one side of your headband using the hot glue gun. Feathers will give the headband a 1920s Old Hollywood look if this is your wedding's theme. You can leave the feathers off if you prefer.
Thread clear thread through the sewing machine and into the needle. Your bobbin should also contain clear thread so you do not have two colours showing on your fabric.
Fold your organza or lace's edges in .1 inch and secure with pins. This will help keep the edges flat during the sewing process.
Add a finishing stitch around the entire perimeter of your fabric using the sewing machine so you do not have raw edges. The finishing stitch will not only prevent your fabric from fraying, but it will help hide any uneven fabric cuts. Finish with a backstitch so you know your threads are secure.
Secure a 56-inch long side to the headband's elastic with pins, and then secure it permanently with a size zero straight stitch. This will create the veil portion of the headband, but you do not need to attach a veil if you do not want one.
Affixing a Veil
Tips and warnings
- Add a ribbon around the edges of your veil to add a pop of colour to it and to hide raw edges.
- Do not squeeze the headband together, as this will cause your headband to break.
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