We all see them—you know, those beyond adorable outfits and headbands that sparkle on every shiny new babe’s birth announcement. I’ve been lucky enough to start working with my new friend, Nicola (check her newborn photography out, you’ll be blown away!), on some of those outfits, wraps, and headbands for her studio. I thought that you might enjoy getting a little peek at what I’ve been creating and a quick tutorial on how you can make your own photo-worthy headbands at home!
Now, I’m certainly not using this method on every single headband that I make, but I’ve found that the scrapbook section of your local Michaels, Joanns, or ACMoore is packed full of gorgeous little flowers and sparkly things…that are just begging to be made into a headband! The flowers practically come pre-made just for this project. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Scrapbooking flower (make sure that when you’re purchasing you get something with a back that has a twisty securing them to their packaging [see below for more details on what this looks like]
- Lace (vintage if you can find it!)
- Ruched Elastic (preferably in the same width and color as your lace)
How to Make a Headband
First, take a look at the back. Remember how I said that you need to buy flowers that have a twisty securing them to their packaging? That’s what makes this project so easy-peasy, you’re going to use that twisty to attach the flower to your lace. So, be careful when you take the flowers off the cardboard—you want that twisty to stay in place!
Some flowers might have a piece of adhesive on the back. If so, carefully pull it off. If it’s still sticky underneath, try placing a small piece of fabric over it so that it doesn’t stick to your little one’s noggin.
Next, take one end of the twisty and secure it to a loose end of your ribbon or lace. If you don’t have a hole to loop the twisty through, try making a loop with your ribbon and pulling the twisty through that.
Carefully tug the twisty (and lace) through the back of the flower.
Note: If your headband is being used for or by a newborn photographer, I would suggest cutting the lace to about 20 inches, knotting the ends (to avoid fraying) and simply tying the headband for each pose. This will allow you to have a more finished look from any angle!
Now that we’ve got the lace and flower attached, you can remove your twisty and pull the flower further along your lace. For a newborn-1 month size, trim the lace to be 11.5 inches long (lengthen for older children). Set aside.
Now cut your decorative elastic to be 3.5 inches long.
Layer the lace onto the back of the elastic, making sure that the flower, lace and elastic are upside down with no twists.
Sew and backstitch two lines across the lace to secure it to the elastic. Repeat on the other side.
That’s all there is to it! Make sure that it fits your little honey bee and keep on making more headbands! Don’t forget to post your project in the comments below on on Facebook & Instagram! I love to see what you’ve come up with.