Sunday, December 19, 2010

Fuzzy Fleece Headband Tutorial

This past weekend my mom and I spent the week at a local lake resort. We did nothing but sew and shop. It was the perfect little getaway from every day life. I knew we'd be doing downtown boutique shopping the last day so I wanted fun cold weather accessories to wear. I got so many compliments on it that I knew I had to go home and make another one to share a tutorial with you!

You will need to download the pattern HERE. Make sure the 1" scale box is the right size. Cut out 2 pieces on the fold of a fleece of your choosing. Optional: it would also be super cozy to put flannel or minky on the side that towards your skin.

Pin your pieces together and sew around the edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. Remember to leave a hold to turn the headband right side out.

To create a cleaner product, trim a 45 degree angle from your corners and trim your seam allowances with a pinking shears. This helps the piece make the curves and comes out cleaner.

Stitch around the outside with a topstitch at a distance of your choosing. Using the specifics to your machine place a button hole at one end of the band.  The reasoning for the end closure is to not ruin your hair or make it staticky like so many other head coverings do! Option: if you don't have an auto buttonholer for your machine, you can use a hook and eye or use a snap and still sew on a button for the same look. 

Carefully cut the hole for the button. Line the two pieces up and sew on a button. I used shank buttons to make it open and close easier, if you don't use a shank button, be sure to create a shank before knotting. 

If you are more simple you could leave the band this way and it would still be super functional and cute. The next step is optional and with all of the cute flower pin ideas out there you can make it your own by adding something different. 

To make this flower fold a strip up 2 1/2" to 3" and cut the strip to about 19" long.

Using a sharp scissors cut slits at the fold all along your strip of fleece, these will create the petals of your flower. Also cut a square about 2 1/2" that will be the base of the flower.

Using the stitch, turn, and rotate technique carefully sew the flower petal strip to the base that will attach to your headband. Do a few stitches, turn more of the petals, and slowly repeat.

It won't look perfect from the back or front (unless you're really good!). Trim away excess of the square base so you don't see it from underneath the flower.

Find a button, brooch, or something else creative big enough to cover your stitching and either sew or hot glue it on.

Attach the pin to the headband where you would like by sewing by hand or hot glue. Option: you can attach a pin or clip to the bottom of the flower to make it interchangeable. 

To download the pattern click HERE! After making one you'll see how easy and personalized they can be and you'll want to make one for everyone (or one to match each one of your winter jackets!)

I'd love to see your project and how you make it to match your personal style.


Chris said...

These are fabulous! I love the button detail. Thank you for a tutorial. Merry Christmas.

Liz said...

This is great!

a little lovely said...

ill be featuring this on friday! thanks for sharing :)

Robin said...

Oh this is super cute!
Thanks for the tutorial!!!
Merry Christmas
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freckled laundry said...

Very cute. Love the tutorial! What a cool & easy way to make those fleece flowers too. Thank you so much for linking with air your laundry Friday!

Happy New Year!


DanielleisNesting said...

I need to make this! So charming and easy to create! Love love this.

Sally Ann said...

so so so cute!! another great Christmas gift idea to try!!