Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Pick of the Season: Fabric Headbands

Personalized fabric headbands are a fresh choice for summer.

I love the look of the monogrammed headbands I've seen in my childrens clothing catalogs, but most cost more than $20 with personalization. That is a little pricey for me trying to outfit two little girls, so I have started making my own using headbands purchased at Dollar Tree. The headbands pictured above were originally covered in silky animal print fabric and embellished with plastic jewels. Although the original styles were a little too wild for me, I liked the shape of the headbands, so I bought several.

To make your own fabric-covered headband, carefully remove the fabric covering from a dollar-store headband and use the fabric to loosely trace a pattern on tissue paper. Play with the dimensions, wrapping the headband with the tissue to get an impression of the headband. Then cut out the pattern, allowing enough width to wrap around to the underside of the headband. Iron the tissue-paper pattern smooth, then fold the pattern in half. This crease will be helpful for centering the name on personalized fabric.

Next, pick fabrics and trims.



Lime and raspberry are fresh picks for summer, but they are always in season in my book!

Keep in mind that pastel and lighter-weight fabrics might need to be lined if the plastic headband is dark. Measure the width of your headband and monogram the fabric, if desired. Then center the tissue over the monogram, and trace the pattern. Cut out the fabric, place it face-down on wax paper, and cover it with a coat of spray adhesive. Then start wrapping the headband, working outward from the center and smoothing any wrinkles from the fabric as you go. You should have a little fabric left dangling from the ends of the headband. Fold this up to the underside of the headband, and secure it with a little hot glue. Finally, hot glue a length of ribbon or coordinating trim to the underside of the headband to cover the fabric edges. Allow the headband to dry completely before wearing.

Finally, sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor -- fresh-picked style for summer!


19 comments:

Allidink said...

Wow! So cute! Wish I had one when I was little :) Thanks for the instruction it is such a good idea!

All the best,
Allison

hip chick said...

Oh I think I will make one for myself. This looks like it's pretty easy. I think even a grown-up could do it.

Laura said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! Can't wait to get my mom to try it! (ha! Did you catch that?)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, these are adorable! You amaze me with your creativity and your ability to figure out cute projects for the budget-minded (which we all are). You're a true Proverbs wife!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Rebecca said...

I wish I had these when I was little. Too cute!

Judy said...

Girl, you are just too talented! I might need to make an appt. w/you for some personalized things for Taylor when she starts school (ha ha).

Miss seeing you around this summer. Maybe we could have a little mini-blogger lunch sometime?

Hugs!
Judy

Sarah said...

Those are incredibly cute!

Shannon@Idylwild said...

I love this! At a dollar apiece, I could make one to match every outfit! I probably won't but I could:)

I think I'll try "monograming" with fabric paint and see how that looks.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Those are so cute and so are the pillowcase rompers you made! I wish my daughter was still little so I could copy all your great ideas!

Lynné said...

How adorable! I'm not a crafty person, but I just may try to make some of these for my daughter!

Heidi said...

Melissa,
Thanks for reading to Lily today. She really ate that up. You were so sweet to her!

OK... These headbands are too cute. I want one for Lily. I am still upset with myself for not learning how to use my perfectly GREAT new machine I got last anniversary from my husband. I can monogram and do soo much if I would just learn... ahhgggg!

I also love the flip flops. A friend of mine at Frazer has a little side business called "Little Bears Bows" and she makes these adorable flops with matching bows. I got Lily some but had to give them away because she absolutely will not wear anything in between her toes :( I guess she does not like that sensation.

My friend is on Facebook and she has recently made the most adorable little disney princess bows out of ONLY ribbon... Check her out, it is awsome...

Sorry about the long comment but I just wanted to say that I also absolutely LOVE the pillowcase romper. I have not thought about this... I am going to get busy making Lily one tomorrow. Have not made her much lately :-)

Great stuff this time (as always)
Heidi

Heidi said...

Ha... I got your comment just after I left mine and I was thinking "boy, she sure got that, read it and responded on my blog really fast"!...

I don't have a babylock... wish I did! That is a really great one.
What I have is a Brother. I am not sure about the selection of font sizes it will give me but I have a friend that uses hers tons and it is just like mine. I always like what I see as far as the monograms on her daughter's outfits. And yes, it did come with software...

I would LOVE to get the girls together... Also, Sean is 6 and he always loves meeting new friends. Not sure if one of your boys was close to that age or not.
The girls are adorable. I enjoyed getting to see then today. They were clueless of me of course. So sweet! (an funny)

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

i love this idea without the monogramming too - what a great way to cutie up some girls! (and on the cheap!)

great!
Karin

Jennifer Driver said...

Very cute! :)

Cristin@Serendipity said...

Darling! Darling! Darling!

Stephanie said...

I have been wondering for so long what kind of embroidery machine you have and where you get your emroidery fonts? I am looking into buying one and I am so totally overwhelmed. Can you do a post about this,PLEASE?
Thanks,
Stephanie

Melissa Lester said...

Sure, Stephanie, I will try to work up something soon. But I will tell you here, I have a Babylock Ellure and love it. It is the lowest-end model Babylock produces, but it can do a lot. I'll try to share more about it soon! I would suggest you buy locally so you won't have to send off the machine for repairs. And also, you will have knowledgeable people nearby who can demonstrate the machine, offer troubleshooting suggestions and even offer classes on sewing or embroidery projects.

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

This is so clever! They turned out gorgeous!

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