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






16 comments:

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

    I like your daisy too.

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

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

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

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  5. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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

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  7. 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!
    Hugs,
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

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  8. I featured your headband today check it out and grab a button!
    http://memakingdo.blogspot.com/2010/09/friday-features.html

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

    Rachelle S.
    www.chelstamps.blogspot.com

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

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

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  12. 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 !!!

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  13. 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!

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  14. 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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