This is the blog post for the last in this series - the darling headband. It is so versatile, I have plans to make one for myself in faux fur and lined with Solarize for extra warmth. It will keep my ears and head toasty warm, but my bun will be able to stick out the back and I will not mess up my hair putting it on. This was designed by the cutie pie in the pictures below. She obviously had a wonderful idea.
The little cutie pie in the picture actually picked out her own fabric and designed each accessory piece to be the way she wanted them to be.
She is the one who wanted the fur on the mittens and on the top of her boots. She wanted a big button on the mittens and her headband because she had noticed that my sweater had large buttons. I just could not make them that big. She is so much smaller than me, but she thought they were a perfect size.
The headband was designed so she could keep her ears warm and not mess up her hair-do. She clearly did not want a hat. Also, she did not want the headband lined with Solarize because she wanted to wear it inside.
That was actually the most important part of the design process. This headband has a button closure on the back so it can be removed without taking it over your head.
Keeping your hair neat is important even at this young age. In my book, she is just the cutest model (sorry I could not show her adorable face).
Thank you to Fairfield World for donating the wool batting and compensating me for this blog post series. Thank you to Shannon Fabrics for providing the inspiration and a discount on the fabric.
- Sweet Posy Cuddle in Fuchsia by Shannon Fabrics – 1/8 yard
- Wool Batting by Fairfield World – 1/8 yard
- Matching thread
- Walking Foot
- Curved corner cutter ruler or something similar
- 2 – coordinating ¾” buttons
- Corded elastic – 3”
- Optional: wonder clips and a hemostat
- Sewing machine and supplies
NOTE: Use ½” seam allowance and a walking foot, unless noted otherwise.
NOTE: To determine the size of the headband, measure the circumference of the head in the place where it will be worn for the length, and add 1" for the seam allowance. Also, check to see if the width is appropriate. These are the measurements that I used for this project. When I make mine it will be longer, but probably not any wider.
From the cuddle fabric cut:
- 2 pieces measuring 21” by 3 ½”
- 2 pieces measuring 6” by 3 ½”
- 1 piece measuring 3 ½” by 3 ½”
From the wool batting cut:
- 1 piece measuring 21” by 3 ½”
- 1 piece measuring 6” by 3 ½”
Please Note: The pictures shown below are for the smaller piece used for the bow, with the exception of STEP 3 which is the headband. That is the piece that the elastic is added. STEPS 2 - 8 are for both pieces. They are just different sizes. The smaller one is for the bow and the longer one is for the headband. Only the headband gets the elastic in STEP 3.
Lay one large piece of the cuddle fabric with the right side facing up. Place the next piece of cuddle on top of it with right sides together. Place the wool batting on top. Pin in place.
Fold the corded elastic in half. Place it on one end with the edges matching the edge of the fabric in between the two pieces of cuddle. Stitch in place.
Trim the all four corners of the sandwich with the small side of the curved corner cutter ruler or something similar.
Using a walking foot, sew around the perimeter of the sandwich with a ½” seam allowance, leaving a 1-2” opening on one side.
Trim the batting close to the seam allowance.
Turn right side out. Finger press.
Topstitch the sandwich. This will close all the openings.
Do STEPS 2, and 4 - 8 for the smaller pieces of cuddle and batting, omitting step 3 for the bow. The large piece is for the headband and has the elastic. The shorter piece is for the bow.
Fold the last little piece of cuddle in half. Sew it along the long edge.
Turn it right side out.
Matching the two raw ends, zig-zag stitch the ends together.
Turn right side out.
Take the sewn bow fabric and fold it in half lengthwise.
Fold it again lengthwise but in the opposite direction. This will be like an accordion fold. Keep in place with a wonder clip.
Pull this folded bow through the loop made in STEPS 10-13.
Carefully using the hemostats again, pull the headband carefully through the back of the loop of the bow.
Adjust the bow and sew in place by hand from the back.
Sew the button to the opposite of the headband from the elastic but on the same side facing up as the bow.
Now you have a darling headband to match all your other winter accessories. Enjoy!