Sunday, August 29

Tutorial - Ruffled headband

 I'm not much of a girly girl. I'm more like a black pants (or jeans) black or solid bold colors t-shirt kinda gal. I even had a goth phase in high school (black everything including hair and nail polish). So it came a bit as a surprise when my little girl turned out to be a ruffles/frills and pretty dresses loving little girl. I'm still resisting the pink tsunami she would rather see in her wardrobe but I caved in for the pretty dresses and ruffles and frills.
Little girls that like frills also like pretty barrettes and hair things. I can do this. 

So for a girly ruffled headband here is what you need: 
- One strip of satin fabric 4"x 1.5 times the measurement of the recipient's head - Longer if you like a more ruffly look
- 3-4 foot of thick yarn/ribbon  Must be at least a couple of inches longer than your fabric
- Elastic band length 
- Matching thread
- Pins
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Something to embellish the headband (optional)

  • Cut your fabric strip
  • Fold in half lengthwise
  • Slip the yarn/ribbon in the fold and stitch the short end making sure to catch the end of the yarn/ribbon in the seam
  • Stitch the long edge (1/4 inch seam allowance) - i.e. into 1 long tube

  • Make sure the yarn/ribbon pokes out at the end of the tube and pull the free end to turn the tube right side out . (I love that trick. It is so much easier to turn the tube right side out and it works for really thin tubes too)

  • Iron the tube making sure the seam is in the center (not the edges) 
  • Measure and cut a piece of elastic band (measurement of the recipient's head  minus 1 inch)

  • Thread the elastic band through the tube and secure it at each end leaving about 1/2 inch of fabric at each end
  • Pull the elastic taut 
  • Pin the elastic every 2 inch to the center seam

  • Stitch the elastic along the center seam while pulling every 2 inch section taut one by one
  • Fold in the non-elastic ends, insert one end of the tub into the other and stitch along 
  • Top stitch each side for a more finished look

  • Optional : Add some embellishment like a fabric flower / rosette 
  • You can find my daisy tutorial here

Update :  This tutorial was featured


  1. I like the profile picture - you should make a silhouette of her.

    I like your daisy too.

  2. wow, that is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Super Cute, and what a pretty pretty princess model :)
    Thanks for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day!! :)

  4. Very cute and so simple to make, too. I'll have to make some of these for my nieces for Christmas!

  5. I love ruffles! This is so cute. Thanks for linking up!!!

  6. This is just precious!! Thank you oh so much for linking up this sweet creation at the FABULOUS FRIDAY FINDS party today!! I hope your weekend is wonderful!
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

  7. I featured your headband today check it out and grab a button!

  8. This is very cute! Found your link on Somewhat Simple's link party!

    Rachelle S.

  9. Oh, this is adorable. So fancy. I love it! Thanks for sharing on my Friday link party! See you next week. ;)

  10. It's so cute and princess like. Nice job. Sorry it took me so long to get over here! Thanks for linking to FFT.

  11. Thank you ladies for your sweet comments and feedback. If you would like one of those stay tuned you will get a chance to win one in my first ever giveaway.. coming very very soon !!!

  12. This is so sweet and your model is even sweeter! Great tutorial - I really need to make one and see if I can get my girl to wear it! Thanks for linking to tickled pink!

  13. Absolutely adorable! I'm not very crafty but I think I might give this a try. Can't wait to get started. Thanks for the idea! Your little model is adorable too! :)


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