Vintage Sequin Flower Headband

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posted on August 1, 2012 by  |  posted under Babies, Baby Gifts, Fashion, Fun With Kids, Girls, Hair, Sewing

vintage headband tutorial

I love the vintage style that is rockin’ right now! For my baby’s first birthday I wanted something special, it had to make a statement! I needed to create the CUTEST headband of my life! Now, I don’t know that it is the cutest headband ever created in the history of the world (…..quite possibly?) but it is definitely the most adorable hair accessory I have actually made! It is fairly simple, and worth all the effort! It took me about 20 minutest to whip one out and it has been the #1 go to hair accessory for my little girl!

vintage headband tutorial

The Supplies you will need:

A strip of shantung sateen/silk

Ribbon

Felt to match the fabric

Sequin flower

Elastic lace

Sewing supplies

vintage headband tutorial

Let me tell you a little something about shantung fabric: it tears like a dream! All you need to do it clip and tear it and you will get a perfect line! Get a clean edge by tearing a small strip from the edge of the fabric first. Then measure and tear a strip to be 18 x 1 3/4 inches.

vintage headband tutorial

Use a sewing machine to baste stitch down the center. The stitch length should be between 3.5 – 4mm. Do not back stitch and leave long thread tails on each end!

vintage headband tutorial

vintage headband tutorial Tie a knot in one end of the treads. On the other end pull on one of the long threads and begin gathering the fabric toward the knotted end. Gather it completely, and leave the open end untied (you may need to adjust it during the next step).

vintage headband tutorial

Heat up your iron and begin pulling the gathers apart with your fingers.

vintage headband tutorial

Hold the edges apart while you press. This is the most time consuming part, have patience and steam and press till the gathered piece of fabric is flat!

vintage headband tutorial

This is about how it should look when you are done. The length should be about 3 1/4 – 3 1/2 inches, if it is too long gather it a little more and press again. If it is too short then loosen the gathers till you get the right length

vintage headband tutorial

Sew with the shiny side up, tuck the ends of the fabric under before you begin sewing. This will give you a clean folded line on each end of the fabric. Sew at regular stitch length 2.4 – 2.7mm on top of the gathered seam. Then… Sew it one more time, just to make sure everything is secured and your gathers won’t move. Remember to back stitch both times.

vintage headband tutorial

This is how it should look on top

vintage headband tutorial

This is how it should look on back! See the folded ends that are stitched under? It makes for a much cleaner finish!

vintage headband tutorial

Next choose a piece of ribbon big enough to cover the seam, wrap it around the piece of fabric to get a measurement and cut it to fit. You want it to wrap about 1 – 1 1/2 inches around the back on each side (almost touching on the back)

vintage headband tutorial

Using a glue gun run a stip of glue down the center of the ribbon and place it over the gathered seam! Press it down firmly while it cools.

vintage headband tutorial

Then flip it over and glue the wrap around pieces to the back!

vintage headband tutorial

YAY! we are almost done!

vintage headband tutorial

Play around with the placement of the flower

vintage headband tutorial

Place a dime size drop of glue on top of the ribbon (THIS IS IMPORTANT) if you place the glue directly on the sequin flower it will melt the sequins. GENTLY press the flower on top of the glue and start blowing on it to cool it down quickly, or use a hair dryer on a cool setting.

vintage headband tutorial

Measure the elastic lace (or any headband elastic) to fit your baby’s head. Then overlap the cut ends and sew over them with the sewing machine.

vintage headband tutorial

Cut a piece of felt big enough to cover the back of the fabric piece without showing over the edges. Run a strip of hot glue down the center back of the fabric piece and place the elastic headband over the glue. Allow it to cool, then run some glue over the whole back of the fabric piece and elastic lace. Quickly cover it with the piece of felt and press it down so it sticks on all edges. This will give it a nice clean finished look on the back!

vintage headband tutorial

And there you have it! This headband is stunning!

vintage headband tutorial

vintage headband tutorial

The supplies can be found at local fabric centers and fabric.com

When searching at fabric.com here are the keywords to type in the search box:  “Shantung Sateen” and  “Flower Sequin Applique” – i used the ‘Shantung Sateen Ivory’ and  ‘small flower sequin applique beige’ for this tutorial, but there are lots of colors and different sizes to choose from!

The elastic lace can be found at some fabric centers or search “lace elastic” on etsy.com

The felt and ribbon can be found just about anywhere!

It could be fun digging through your grandmothers old ribbon to find something truly vintage!

  vintage headband tutorial

{Sharing this fun tutorial at these parties!}

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COMMENTS
  1. August 1st, 2012 at 10:18 am
    Penny says:
    Beautiful headband on a your beautiful baby girl!
  2. August 1st, 2012 at 11:45 am
    Heather Lynne says:
    That baby is adorable!!!
  3. August 1st, 2012 at 3:38 pm
    Shelley says:
    Oh I love this tutorial. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!
  4. August 1st, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    Nicolette says:
    Ok, you have completely inspired me to dust off my sewing machine and get ready for this new baby girl! Such a cute headband!
  5. August 1st, 2012 at 10:08 pm
    Alison says:
    That is super cute! So is the headband. Fun post!!
  6. August 3rd, 2012 at 12:21 am
    Erin says:
    Beautiful! I'm thinking of making one for an
    adult headband!
  7. February 18th, 2013 at 3:59 pm
    Hilyre says:
    Beautiful! I have to make this!!!
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