NO-SEW Headband with Jill of Snugglebug University

Hello hello everybody!  I have a treat for you today!
Today, you get to meet Jill of Snugglebug University, one of my all-time favorite sewing blogs.  
She has MASSES of tutorials (like printing on FABRIC), KID's CRAFTS GALORE and the most darling little wooden play store I have ever seen!

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For right now though, get ready to get crafting with Jill!  Take it away darling!

Hi all!  It's Jill here, and I'm super excited to at the Nest today to share one of my latest craft addictions:  making headbands!  Can I tell you a secret?  Well, my kids think these are for them, but shhhh.... there's just as much as for me!  

These last couple of months I've made all sorts of headbands:  Fabric headbands with lots of lace, sweet felt flower baby headbands, and well, even headbands with ears!  The ones I'm going to show you how to make today though are the easiest of the bunch.  They are super simple to make, are great gifts, and can be embellished as much (or as little) as you like.  

Alright, let's get started with the tutorial:

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  • Low temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Quilt batting (or a small piece of fleece fabric).
  • Small fabric scrap of light to mid-weight fabric to cover headband
  • Ribbon
  • Headband to cover (It should be smooth, without "teeth")
  • Large paper scrap to trace headband and make a pattern
Before I start though I just want to issue one warning.  I suggest a low temp glue gun, but that doesn't mean that it won't burn.  You can still get burnt by a low temp glue gun, so be careful ok?  Hot gluing fabric is a bit tricky, because the glue can burn you through the fabric.  So watch where you put your fingers!


The first thing you are going to want to do is trace the headband that you want to cover.  I roll my headband down as I go so that I end up with one long pattern piece:

Now use your pattern piece to cut out a piece of batting (or fleece):

Use your cut piece of batting as a guide to cut out the fabric that you want to use to cover the headband. 
You want to leave a good amount of excess on each side.  The extra will wrap around the headband.
 The "ugly" overlap will be covered up with ribbon.

Add some hot glue to your headband and glue the fusible fleece to the headband.

Now put glue on the inside of the headband--I work a little bit at a time--wrapping the fabric sides over a little bit at a time.  
Try to pull the fabric so that it is snug.  Don't worry if it looks ugly, we're going to cover it in ribbon next.

Glue down your ribbon over the messy part on the inside of your headband:

Your ends should be open at this point:

Wrap the end over like this and glue down.

Tada!  Doesn't it look nice?

All finished!  Now go make your own!  Perhaps you want to add a bow, or a felt flower even? 
 Or maybe you are like me and like to keep things simple....Either way I can't wait to hear about what you've made!  

Thanks for reading my tutorial here at the Nest!

Jill!!  Thanks so much for being here and sharing your skills with us today!  I will definitely be making these for our little girl -- definitely adding a fun bow or flower too!!  (Readers -- did you catch those tutorials?  Click the red words to head on over to Jill's and check them out -- bow or felt flower!)  

Come back next month for another fantastic tutorial from Jill!

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Nicole said…
I love the way you applied the ribbon to the inside before folding up the ends! That's a very elegant way to finish it up.