May 1, 2013

Trim Headbands - Tutorial

So a few posts back I did a quick little tutorial on how to make bracelets out of trim.  If you don't remember it, you can find it here:  Trim Bracelets

The bracelets are cute.  We like them.  However there is a down side.  Each bracelet, depending on the wrist size, only takes between 4 to 8 inches of trim and then you have a whole bunch left over.  I'm really good at hoarding ribbon and trim so I don't mind the excess but it is a good idea to use it up, right?!  To do so I just made some really simple headbands.  My girls, all three of them, like to wear headbands so making headbands from the excess trim is a win-win for me.  And, these are actually easier to make than the bracelets.  They are also perfect for the kiddos to make themselves.  Just make sure they know how to properly use a glue gun and then let them go crazy using up all your old trim.

Here's what you do...

Gather your supplies, you will need:

Suede strips (or use a piece of ribbon)
Thin Elastic
Glue gun & Glue sticks

Step 1:  Starting with your trim, cut a piece that measures from the bottom of one ear, across the top of the head, and then down to the bottom of the other ear.  

Next, cut the piece of elastic.  To get the right measurement of the elastic, measure from one ear around the base of the back of the head to the other ear and then cut it slightly smaller than the measurement you get.  No exact science here.  You just want the headband to hold tight to your head so make it so the elastic will be snug. Snug, not tight - tight headbands are annoying!

 Then cut two pieces of suede that are about an inch long.

Step 2:  Using your glue gun, add a dab of glue to one end of the trim and adhere the elastic in place.  Tip:  Don't over lap it too much or the suede won't cover it.  

Step 3:  Then position a piece of suede underneath the pieces you just glued together.  Use your hot glue again and add a little glue to hold it in place.  Then, add another dab of glue to the top part and wrap the suede piece around and secure in place.

When you are done with one end, it should look something like the photo above. 

Step 4:  After you get one end done, repeat the steps and glue all the pieces together on the other end. 

When you are done, which should only take a matter of minutes, you will have a headband that is ready to be worn.

Step 5:  Find a cutie to wear it!  (That was an easy step for me, Bug was a willing subject)

There you go, they are pretty simple.  And, depending on your imagination, or your stash of trim, you can make a bunch of different styles.

I prefer the braided style but the kiddos like some of these others and as an added bonus, the cost is low.  Much cheaper than buying them at a store.  I saw something similar at Target for $12.99 - eek.  Why pay that for one when you can make your own for much less?!