Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Floppy Fabric Bow Headband Tutorial

As a busy mom on a limited crafting budget, I really love projects that can be whipped up in a short amount of time, use a fat quarter of fabric or less and require minimal sewing!  I also love making pretty things for little girls!  Of course if you've been following, you know that already!  Not long ago I came up with the idea for these floppy fabric bow headbands (reminiscent of the ones worn by little girls in the 1920's, only not quite so enormous?)

Photo Source:  Graphics Fairy

After some trial and error, I came up with a finished product that I was happy with.  Now I make these for my space at the antique shop and for all of my girly little friends!  Do you have a sweet little girl in your life who would love a pretty fabric bow headband?  Well then, here is your tutorial!  Have fun!

Here's what you'll need:
2 strips of fabric measuring 20" x 3.25" and one small 2"x3" piece
thread in a coordinating color
hot glue gun
sewing machine
scissors and ruler (a cutting mat and rotary tool work great)
pinking shears
plastic headband (you can either purchase one that coordinates with your fabric, or you may choose to cover one with a long strip of fabric or ribbon using your hot glue gun).

Start by matching up your two strips of fabric, wrong sides together.  It's a good idea to put a couple of pins in the middle to hold the strips together.  Next, cut each end at a slight diagonal.  These will be your bow's "tails."

Take your strips of fabric to your sewing machine and stitch them together, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge all of the way around the strip.  This is a great place to use a decorative stitch if you'd like to.

Now cut around the edge with your pinking shears, just outside of your stitching.  Be very careful not to cut any stitches!

Fold your strip of fabric into a flat bow and sew a zig-zag stitch down the middle to hold it in place.  Here is what the back side will look like after you've sewn it:

Now here is a front view:

  If you plan to cover your headband with fabric or ribbon, do that now using your hot glue gun. 

Take your 2"x3" square of fabric and fold the two longer sides in towards each other making it into a 1"x3" piece.  It's a good idea to iron it to keep the folds in place.  This will be the center of your completed bow and also attach your bow to your headband.  Have your glue gun ready.  Take your flat bow and fold it down the middle accordion style, holding it in the center with your thumb and forefinger.

Use your hot glue gun to attach the small piece of fabric to the front center of the bow and continue to wrap and attach it to the headband with small dabs of glue.

Glue down the end of the center piece of fabric to the underside of the headband and cut off any excess.  You're done!  You now have a lovely, feminine floppy fabric headband that is sure to make that sweet little girly girl's day!

Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

I will be joining in on these fun Link Parties:
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  1. Too, too sweet, Amanda - great little tutorial, too. Happy Wednesday - Tanya

  2. LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


  3. I will be making these for my 2 little girls tomorrow!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!!

  4. Sweet, I have a photo of My Mom from the 20's with a big floppy bow like that..... Love It

  5. Beautiful!
    Its another Pink Saturday.....I am always amazed at ALL the pink stuff...we come up with....stop by and see what everyone is doing this week-end!
    God Bless you!

  6. Beautiful post!
    Beautiful bows!
    but mostly beautiful girl.

    thanks for linking up to the SPRING FLING!

    have a super weekend.

  7. Hello Amanda,
    How sweet are those headbands I wish I had a girl!!!!
    Thank you for stopping over and leaving your sweet comment!! I so enjoyed making the book, hopefully one of my boys will have a girl so I can make another!!!
    Happy Pink Saturday!!
    Suzann ~xoxo~

  8. This doesn't look too hard and would be perfect for my grand daughters. Lovely, just lovely. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

  9. Limited budget/time it maybe, but your creativity stands out and shines.

  10. very creative!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Amanda too adorable!! I found you trough Kim!!!

    Come and enter my giveaway for bath & body!

    Art by Karena

  12. This is so pretty! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  13. Hi There!
    I love love this hair bow.
    Because I too love projects that are inexpensive and quick, I'm starting a linky party which start this tuesday over at my blog. It's especially for projects that cost under $10 and take 20-30 mins (ish) to make!
    I'd be honored if you hopped over and linked up your hair bow...
    I'd probably feature it on Wednesday!
    Thanks! Tina

  14. These are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial, it's wonderful!
    Sharon F.

  15. This is so SWEET! Thank you for puting up a tutorial. Like you, I'm living with 3 boys (2 little ones and 1 adult) and I love making small gifts for little girls. Only sometimes mine doesn0t turn out as pretty. ;)

  16. These are absolutely beautiful headbands - real vintage chic! Thanks for sharing. x

  17. Hi,
    I'm writing to you from Spain. What a lovely blog you've got Amanda¡ I love this fabric bow headband. I've got a headbands blog too, but of course,they are not so amazing like yours¡¡¡. Just in case you want to have a look here is my addres: Love. Ana.

  18. These are so adorable!! Wonderful tutorial!!

  19. Hi,
    I am a night photographer from Texas, and my current project called for a late 1800's girl. I had all but her hair bow ready, and couldn't, for the life of me, find a tutorial for the kinds of bows the girls wore back then, until someone referred me to this page. What an amazing find it has been to me! Thank you so much for posting this.

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  21. its very interesting tutorial....thanks

  22. Those are really cute and it's nice being able to create a headbands in any type of bridal fabrics. it will match everything.


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