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project: double-sided felt headband

Double-Sided Headband


A few months ago, I purchased some plain metal headbands to craft with. I wanted to have them on hand for making things like...well, like the headband I'm sharing today! It's quick and versatile, doesn't slip like elastic headbands, and you can make it to coordinate with two outfits!

Double-Sided Headband

Here's what you need:
Plain headband
Felt in two colors
Embroidery floss

Double-Sided Headband
Double-Sided Headband
Double-Sided Headband

From each color of felt, cut a strip that is 12 inches long by about double the width of your headband. The headband I used was about .25" wide, so my strips were about .5" wide.

If you don't have felt that is long enough, or if you want the felt covering to go a little longer and closer to your ears, you can piece strips together. Just be sure to stitch down the overlap really well.

Hold the two strips together and stitch along the edges with running stitch, creating a casing.

Double-Sided Headband

Slide the headband into the casing, with whichever side out you want to show first.

If you overlapped two pieces to extend the strips, you may need to work it in more, avoiding the flap inside. OR just insert the headband from the the other side!

Double-Sided Headband
Double-Sided Headband

Enjoy your new headband! The exposed metal ends haven't bothered me much on this, but you can wrap them with ribbon, which might be a good idea if you're making this for a child. We don't want any heads or ears scraped!

My next venture in headbands like this will definitely involve adding more cute. Maybe some stitched leaves perhaps...?

10 comments:

  1. Love headbands and this idea!! Thanks Dear Friend!

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  2. Stitched leaves would look really cute on this, I agree! Can't wait to see what you come up with next =)

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  3. Cute! Although I can't wear metal headbands-it'd be super easy to use some elastic instead (I've been toying with the idea of somehow using my broken ponytail holders to connect a hand-sewn headband, but haven't tried it yet. You know when you snap one and it's still in perfect condition, except that it isn't a circle anymore?)

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    1. That's a great idea! Depending on how thick they are, you should be able to sew through them...I'd think. At least by hand.

      My problem is that the elastic type headbands just slide right off my head. So frustrating!

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  4. Ohh, this is so simple and beautiful! I am going to have to try these again. As the baby gets a bit bigger and isn't pulling my hair anymore, I am experimenting with different hair ties. Thanks for all your accessory tutorials this week!

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  5. SUPER cute!! Love this idea! Also,I wanted to let you know that I have given you an award on my blog ( if you don't do that sort of thing, that's fine, just wanted to let you know! I love your blog!) Check it out here: http://kerraftycreations.blogspot.ca/2012/09/sunshine-award.html

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  6. Ubber cute!
    Tweeted, dear!

    Dita
    @yellowpony_

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  7. maybe use flowers or buttons with velcro on the back to make a removable and addition for more "cuteness" and versitility ;)

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  8. Anonymous6:36 PM

    Hi! Do you have any tips and tricks to keep your running stitch perfectly spaced? Yours looks so pretty and neat!

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    1. Lots of practice is what has helped me, especially on a project like this. You can also use a disappearing ink pen/marker and mark where the stitches should go so they are even. Just be sure to test the marker on your material first so you know that the marks will go away!

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