Friday, August 13, 2010

A back-to-school hair accessory

It’s back-to-school time, and you can’t overlook the hair accessories. A while ago I found this great tutorial for a braided headband on the Smile and Wave blog via homemade by jill. It was a guest post from Cakies. I just recently had a chance to try it. The headband is really simple and fun to make.

I made one headband for myself and one for my three year old. I used a double braid for mine and a single for my daughter. I think I like the single braid better.

The best part was letting my daughter choose the three fabrics she liked to make her headband.

She had a little guidance, of course. I definitely want to make her a few more of these. It looks especially cute when she has it on with a ponytail in her hair.

Here are a few tips if you think you might like to make one:
  • The tutorial doesn’t specify a width to use for your fabric strips. It doesn’t really matter, but I used 1” wide strips.
  • Make sure you braid your fabric tightly or at least with the same amount of tension throughout the entire length of the fabric.
  • If you are making the headband for a child, check the length of the finished braid and the length of the elastic before you sew everything together. I ended up using both a shorter braid and a shorter elastic length to fit my daughter’s head.
  • The edges of the fabric will fray, but that adds to the charm of the headband.
 Come back Monday for my first tutorial! I’ll be making another simple back-to-school hair accessory.


Andi said...

I saw this tutorial on homemade by jill and it's on my never-ending to do list. Yours turned out great! I can't wait to see your first tutorial!
(just wanted you to know that my word verification was wayfoxy-lol-made my morning!)

Erin @ In Between Laundry said...

How cute is that?! I have to make one, too!

Aunt Suzi Quilts said...

This would be such an easy way to make a matching hair pretty for a skirt or dress. Thanks for posting. I'm your newest follower.

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