Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pretty Lace Headband

Have you made the Basic Skinny Headband yet?  If so, please link up your pictures so we can see!  And if you have any other pictures of headbands you've made, altered, or embellished (ever--it doesn't have to be a brand new project) please link them up at the bottom of this post so we can all get a little bit of headband inspiration!

Now, on to today's headband tutorial!

It's pretty and petite.  It's feminine and dainty.  It's casual and dressy.  It's the...

Want to make one?  It'll take you about five minutes.  For reals.  Ready?

Here's what you'll need:
-some pretty lace
-a scrap of lightweight fabric
-a small piece of elastic
-general sewing supplies

-All seam allowances are 3/8" unless otherwise stated.
-This pattern is for an adult, but it would be really easy to convert the measurements to make these for a child.

Now let's get started!

Step 1: Measuring your head
First, grab your measuring tape and measure where you'd like your headband to fit.  If you come up at about 21" to 22" then the measurements given here should work just fine for you.  If you come up more than an inch or two bigger or a little smaller, you may want to adjust the measurements I give here so that your headband will fit you just how you like it.  :)

Step 2: Cutting your lace, fabric, and elastic 
Cut one 18 or 19" strip of lace.
Cut one piece of fabric 5" long and 2 1/2" wide.*
Cut one 2" piece of 1/2" wide elastic.

*My lace was about 3/4" wide.  If your lace is much wider, you may want to make a wider fabric strip so your lace fits nicely inside.  Or you could just bunch your lace up to fit it inside the fabric at the dimensions I've given here.  Either way would be cool.

Step 3: Encasing your elastic in your fabric tube
Using your 5" by 2 1/2" piece of fabric, follow steps 3 through 5 of the Basic Skinny Headband tutorial found HERE.

Step 4: Attaching your lace to your encased elastic
Take one end of your fabric tube and fold the raw edges of the fabric and elastic in about 1/2".  Be sure the elastic is actually folded inside and didn't just slip down into the tube.  It needs to be folded so that you catch the elastic when you sew.  This will keep your elastic secure when finished and put less strain on your fabric.

Tuck one end of your lace inside the folded edge of your fabric tube.

 Pin in place and stitch together, about an 1/8" away from the folded edge of your fabric tube. 

Repeat with the remaining fabric and lace end, making sure your lace isn't twisted.

 Ta-da!  You're finished!

Hooray for quick and easy projects!

Oh, and a big thanks to my friend Amanda for modeling the Pretty Lace Headband for us.  Isn't she classy?  I think so.

Now go ahead and link up!


Emily said...

I have been inspired to try making lots of new things for my hair because of this fun headband week! Most of them are crocheted though so I don't know if I'll link up. Tutorials sounds hard to do! :) But I still love your headband week!

Katie Lewis said...

Emily! ANY kind of decoration for your head is welcome. I hope you'll link up some pictures of your headbands so we can all see them. :)

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

love the lace!

legendswife said...

This is so pretty:) I'll be linking this to a post sometime soon.

God Bless