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Velvet Headbands

Velvet Headbands

Ali Manno shows how you can make your own velvet headband.
MATERIALS:
  • Crushed or textured velvet fabric
  • Headband 1-2” wide with no teeth
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Fabri-tac or sewing machine and thread
OPTIONAL:
  • Soft tape measure
  • Fiber stuffing
  • Fray check

INSTRUCTIONS:


1. Wrap your headband in fabric. The easiest way to do this is cutting a piece of fabric, laying it down wrong side up and placing the headband on. Add glue to and roll the headband onto the fabric for a smooth application to the outside. Glue one side down to the interior and trim then the other.


Pro tip: To get the measurement of your fabric, use a soft tape measure to get the length of your headband, add an inch to that and double the width of your headband with a ¼” seam allowance.


2. Cut three strips of fabric that are 1” longer than your headband and 3 ½” wide.


TO CREATE THE 3D BRAID


1. Fold the strips in half and sew or glue them on the long edge.


2. Use hot glue to flatly seal one end and stuff the tube with fiber filling. Seal the other end. Repeat on all the tubes.


Pro tip: Use a knitting needle, chopstick or other long skinny utensil to pack and get any lumps out of the stuffing. Rolling the tube with your palms on a flat surface will also help.


TO CREATE THE NARROW BRAID

• Apply a line of hot glue to one long edge of the strip and roll the fabric. Press to secure. Repeat with all the strips.


• Glue the ends of the strips, 3d or narrow, on top of each other. Braid them together. Glue the ends together so that you have a freestanding braid.


• Place the braid on a flat surface and apply some glue to the center. Place the center of your headband down and hold until the glue is secure. Glue the rest of the braid down.


• Cut two fabric pieces to cover where the braid ends that are double the size of the end of your headband, so you have ample material to cover. Hem the top edge for a clean finish on your headband.


• Wrap the fabric around the bottom edge of each side of the headband and secure with hot glue for a finished look. Allow the glue to dry and enjoy!


Pro tip: Use fray check on any raw edges if you’re concerned about fraying.


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