Friday, February 24, 2012

Embellished Stretchy Headband Tutorial & Giveaway

Does anyone else have trouble finding headbands that don't give you a headache? I purchase special lightweight elastic headbands that I love. However, they can get kinda pricey. I started thinking that I should just make my own. You can order the elastic dyed in various, lovely colors on Etsy. I use 5/8 inch fold over elastic for my headbands and purchase them from Elastic By the Yard Etsy shop. I  measure them out, knot the end, and use a lighter to keep the raw edges from fraying. This elastic also makes great hair bands for ponytails and the biggest plus is they don't leave indentations in your hair.

I match the colors with my outfit so I can wear them as bracelets and always have a hairband ready if I need it.

After making a rosette headband last week, I thought it would be fun to embellish my stretchy headbands too!

Here's how:

You'll need fabric for rosettes, hot glue, elastic headbands, felt or interface, pearls (optional) and pin backings.

First, I made my rosettes from the leftover chiffon from my last rosette headband project. You'll see I made a few different sizes - *some* of that was on purpose. Yes, my workspace is the lid of a pizza box :)

I  sewed a pearl to the bud of each rosette, just to fancy it up a bit.

Then I hot glued a cluster of three rosettes to a piece of white interface. I think a piece of felt would work just as well (maybe better?) here. Once it dried, I just cut around the rosettes to get rid of the extra interface.

Next, I glued the rosette clusters to each of these round pinbacks. (Hobby Lobby - print a 40% coupon on their website and you'll get them for next to nothing!) I liked the idea of using a pinback so the embellishment can be removed for a more casual look. It really is very versatile! I wear mine for working out and just throw them in the wash with my running clothes.

 So here it is in aqua:

 And peach coral:

These headbands fit me too but wouldn't you rather see this little lady in the pics?!

**This giveaway is now closed.**

Annnnd I'm giving away an embellished headband and a ponytail holder to one reader! To enter, please comment below letting me know which you prefer - the aqua or peach coral headband.

This giveaway is meant for Titus 2 Work in Progress readers. Please follow this blog via Facebook, Email, Google Friend Connect, Google+ or RSS feed.

For an additional entry, please share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter. Leave an additional comment letting me know you did so. This giveaway will close Thursday March 1st @ 10:00 pm cst. I'll announce the winner that night, so be sure to check back!

Only open to readers in the continental U.S.

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