Wednesday, 6 May 2009

How to...Headbands

Whether you want to be Pocahontas, channel your inner hippy child or just feel very girly, headbands will make you feel special, quirky and make you look a little bit different. Not only are they really easy to make but they can be as crazy or as conservative as you want! You will have a lot of fun making and wearing these headbands and we promise they will put a smile on your face!

If you need some persuading, check out the beautiful creations on Bando. It just shows what you can do with a little imagination and some time. Whilst they are very beautiful, they are not always wallet friendly – why not try making your own? Next time you have a spare five minutes, have a quick look in the charity or haberdashery shops for anything you could use to adorn your head. Vintage brooches, flowers, feathers and trinkets will all be perfect!

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The headbands above have been made in two different ways. The top two have been plaited whilst the bottom pink headband has been made using an elastic back. Sometimes you may feel like wearing something very simple but other times you might want to go for an all out everyone-look-at-my-head attitude!

What you will need…

Adornments – flowers, brooches, feathers etc.

Needle & Thread

The simplest headband is to make a plaited band which you can sew pieces on too. The top two headbands in the photo have been made this way. You will need three lengths of fabric or ribbon twice the circumference of your head. Tie a small knot about an inch from the top of the ribbons, joining all three together and plait away. Tie another knot an inch from the bottom to secure the plait. You can wear it simply as a plait, tied around your head or add some flowers or a feather to it.

If you are feeling a little more creative and want to progress on the headband stakes, try making an elastic backed one. For this you will need a length of ribbon the circumference of your head minus 2 inches. Next, cut a length of elastic 2 inches long. Place the right side of the ribbon (with the pattern or side you want to be seen) to the elastic and sew securely together, keeping as close to the ends as possible. Repeat this and join the other end of the ribbon to the elastic. Now if you turn the circle the right way out, the sewn edges should not be visible. Now get creative and add sequins, flowers or anything you fancy.

Put a big smile on your face and wear with confidence! Remember you can’t help but have fun wearing these!

Charlotte & Jacqueline

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