Headbands are an adorable and picture-worthy fashion accessory for young babies. You can make boutique-quality baby headbands to sell in your baby boutique or to use as hair accessories for your own baby. Use soft fabrics and elastics when making the headbands for comfortable wear, and embellish the hair accessories with silk flowers. If floral decorations are not your preference, replace them with imitation gemstones, buttons or ribbon bows.
Cut a piece of 1/2-inch-wide elastic lace to about 12 inches long. When the baby is available for measurements, measure the baby's head circumference and cut the elastic to about 1/2-inch less than the circumference.
Bring the short ends of the elastic lace together and sew with a whipstitch to join the ends.
Fold the headband in half along the seam line. Find the fold opposite the seam line and measure 1 1/2 inches to the right. Make a small mark with chalk.
Pin a silk flower over top of the chalk mark. For a flamboyant hair accessory, use a silk flower with a diameter of 2 1/2 to 3 inches.
Sew the silk flower to the headband.
Cut a piece of 1/2-inch-wide elastic ribbon to a length of about 12 inches. Measure the baby's head circumference when possible and cut the ribbon to about 1/2 inch less than the circumference.
Overlap the short ends of the elastic ribbon by about 1/4 inch and sew the ends together.
Arrange tiny silk flowers all the way around the headband. Pin them in place until you find the arrangement you like best. You can space the flowers about 1/2 inch apart or have them side by side. The silk flowers should be less than 1 inch in diameter each.
Apply a few drops of fabric glue to the back of one of the silk flowers. Press it firmly back in place on the headband. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds.
Apply glue to the back of the remaining silk flowers and press them against the headband to adhere.
- "The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts: All You Need to Know to Craft with Ribbon"; Elaine Schmidt; 2010
- "Make Your Own Hairwear: Beaded Barrettes, Clips, Dangles & Headbands"; Diane Baker; 2001
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