With Christmas just 10 days away, I’ve been busy getting ready, and I thought I’d share one of the projects keeping me busy, this DIY Flower Headband for Baby.
We bought Teddy a pretty little dress to wear for Christmas, but I have not been able to find a headband that I like to go with it. I’ve recently learned that most elastic headbands are made for younger babies, and seem to be too tight on T’s head now that she is 9 months old. For babies her age, they make a lot of hair clips, which actually require hair to clip them into. So, unless I want to clip the hairs in the back of T’s baby mullet and create a nice rat tail effect, I’m pretty much stuck making my own headbands.
Luckily, this flower headband was pretty easy to make, and all you need is some elastic, a needle and thread (or crafting glue, if you prefer to skip the sewing) and some flannel or felt for the flowers. I used flannel because I had it leftover from the Christmas stockings I just made, but felt is probably actually easier to use, and makes for more sturdy flowers.
So, here is what I did.
I actually made 2 different types of flowers for the headband, and the first step was to make some stencils for these flowers to trace onto the fabric. I just did this by hand on a piece of scrap cardboard, and as you can see, the shapes I drew were nowhere near perfect.
Then, once I cut out the flower stencils, I just traced them onto the fabric. I cut out one of each size for flower 1 and four of the second stencil for flower 2.
For flower 1, you just sew (or glue) the 3 flowers together. I also added a little pearl bead in the center of the flower and tried to ruffle up the edges of the petals to create a little more volume.
For flower 2, you take one of the flower cutouts and fold it in half, and then in half again. Then, you sew a couple of stitches through the folds to hold the flower in place. Once you have done this with all four of the cutouts, you sew all four onto a circle of fabric, with the points together in the center. And, voila, you have this cute little voluminous flower! With this one, I also glued on some little leaves using a scrap of green fabric for some added pizazz.
Lastly, after making a few more of the flowers in various sizes, I cut a long narrow strip of the red flannel fabric to glue all of the flowers onto and hold them in place. Once the glue dried, I just stitched the whole thing onto a piece of white elastic that I bought at a local craft store!
And here is a sneak peak of Miss T in her Christmas headband!
Love, peace, and chicken grease,
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