Saturday, March 13, 2010

Old Navy Inspired Headband

My sister-in-law went to Old Navy a few weeks ago and bought this adorable headband. It was $5 and she said the only reason she bought it was because she knew we could mass produce them and make millions! Then we both came back to reality and decided that we could make them for ourselves and that I would just spread my knowledge on how to make them! So here goes!
* Glue Gun (with an extra stick, just in case)
* Fat Quarter or a scrap of fabric about that size
* Scissors
* Plastic Headband (I got a 6pk for $2.50 at Walmart)
*Start with your Fat Quarter. Cut 2 slits into your fabric about an inch apart, down the longest part of your fabric. Rip your strips, this is going to be the fabric that you wrap around your headband.
* Fold the torn ends in, glue them together so they don't move. Then glue your strip onto the inside of one end of your headband. Then begin to wrap your fabric around your headband, making sure to continue to fold the torn edges in as you wrap and glue all around the plastic. Make sure that you are not wrapping your fabric too close together, you only need the edges to overlap. ** Note: As soon as the first strip is done glue the next one right onto the fabric and continue in the same direction as the previous strip.
* This is how it should look once you are done.
* Next you will rip 3 strips from your Fat Quarter. You can decide how wide or thin you want, the wider the strip, the bigger the flower and so on. I did two strips at about 1" and then the third I did about 2".
* Tie a knot at the end of one strip, leaving a small tail at the end. You don't want too big of a tail, so try and get it about a half inch long.
* Start to twist your strip of fabric, while you twist it begin to wrap around the knot, using small amounts of glue to hold it on there. Please be careful that you don't burn your fingers!!!! Just hold it on there long enough for it to stick together.
* Continue to twist and wrap around your knot. I like to leave one edge a little loose and then take the long end and pull it under the flower and through the little slit that you left open. It creates more interest and then doesn't look like you just have a swirl on your head. Continue with all three strips. Make each one different! The beauty of this method is that each one can look different and yet still the same. It takes a lot to mess this up.
* Here are my three finished flowers!
* Next, cut three circles from your fabric that are just a little smaller than the bottoms of your flowers.
* Smear lots of glue all over the bottom of the flower and stick it onto the headband a little off center, then place your circle over the glue, with the headband in between the flower and the circle.
* Do the same to all three flowers.
Here's the finished product! What do you think?
I did a few more, just because I love them!
(Sorry this one is so blurry!)
This one is just tule that I twisted and folded and glued. Then I made the center flower and glued/stitched it onto an alligator clip.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you make one, please share it with me! I would love to see everyone's variations on them. I think they would be adorable with beads, buttons, vintage broaches! Love it!

You can also use ribbon to wrap around your headband, here's an example of how that will look over at my friend Chelsea's blog. She made hers for her daughters and they turned out so cute! The possibilities are endless!


  1. LOVE IT! You are so creative. I'll be making some myself! Super cute.

  2. What fun! I'm definitely going to try this. :-) I'll probably glue the flowers on clips, though - I hate headbands, lol. Yours is SUPER cute, though, and if I did like them I would want one like that!

  3. Super cute! I've gotta try this! :)


  4. This is a great tutorial, thank you for sharing!

  5. Ok girl...Im making them right now and so far Ive burnt myself with the glue 1000000000 times :) But its looking cute! Beauty hurts but its worth it!

  6. After 2000000000000000000000000 burns to my fingers I learned a little tip..BANDAIDS! Put bandaids on your fingers and you will save yourself from burns.

  7. Lovely!!! I'm making this TONIGHT. : )

  8. Ooo, these turned out super super cute!!! Thanks for linking up to LMM Headband Week!

  9. Loe, love, love, love, love this idea. Did I mention I love it? I have seen other crafters make these on their blogs, but I love (once again) how you suggested it could be made with one fat square, shich I jsut saw at my local Big Lots for $1 but I put down b/c I thought I wouldn't use them. Now I will! Good tutorial.



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