July 06, 2010

Headband Ideas and Secrets

For those of you who are relatively new to this blog, my sister and I started a little headband business called Loopdeelou.  I thought I'd share with you some of our tricks and secrets.  Okay, maybe more like techniques rather than deep dark secrets.  We are also offering a FREE SHIPPING special for all of you this week.  Then we're hoping to clear out all our stock at a boutique event we're doing next month and then we'll be moving on to something different.

Anyhow, back to the headbands.  Here's one little secret if you'd like to make some gorgeous, unique headbands.  Go to an antique store.  What?  You thought they only had rusty tea kettles and strange owners who carry little dogs on their shoulders?  Well, they do have those things as well, but they usually have an incredible supply of vintage buttons and other items you can incorporate.  Their buttons are usually cheaper than the big ones at JoAnn's and they are much more unique. 

This is the headband I'm showing you how to make today. 

Supplies?  Well, it's hard to find these exact same things, but let me share a few ideas.  My sister found this really cool collar that was a bit torn. We cut it into these into smaller square-shaped doilies and they've been really fun to use.

See the black lace/trim below?  That's from Wal-mart.  It's easy to cut a distinct shape from it and use it on a band.  It's cool stuff. 

The little buttons?  They are brads from the scrapbook section.  While I'm not a scrapbooker, they do have amazing supplies for all types of projects.  We like to layer up all sorts of different things and materials to create unique one-of-a-kind looks.

For this headband I made a flower.  You've probably seen directions for this type of flower before, but I'll show you my version.  I cut a bunch of circles, but they are uneven and very imperfect.  I use the fabric from Wal-mart that looks like satin.  It's actually synthetic, which we want since we'll be burning the edges.  To burn the edges, just get close to the flame, but don't put the petal directly into the flame.  You'll see the edge melt a little.  Just keep turning it until all the edges are melted and sealed.

Okay, here's where mine varies.  I don't like to stack them right on top of each other.  I rotate them around so they look more like petals.  See?  Then I stitch a little "X" to hold them in place. 

Then I stitch on my button and add a little tulle behind it.  The more texture and layers the better (usually).

I glued the doily on the headband first and then the flower onto the doily with a fair amount of hot glue, but making sure you can't see it.

All done.  Now for the modeling.  Let's just say I was having a bad hair day.  Rex came downstairs after having his bath and offered to model it for me.  I took him up on it.

This headband is being sent to the  Cure JM auction.  Want to send something too?  Just drop me an e-mail and I'll tell you where to send it.

Want a fun headband, but don't want to make it?  Head on over to Loopdeelou and enjoy our free shipping this week.  Thanks for dropping in!


  1. thanks for sharing the tricks of the trade. This is gorgeous and I am definitely making one for my upcoming bridesmaid role!

  2. This headband is beautiful! You just got me in a crafty mood...I think I may have to head to Hobby Lobby this afternoon :)

  3. Love that headband and love Rex's cute open mouthed stare into the abiss! LOL! He makes a great headband model for sure!

  4. Great headband. Love that you had your little man model it for you! It made me totally giggle...and then contemplate what my hubby would do if I did the same thing. Haha.

  5. Great headband. I love the layering.

  6. Love the headband - thanks for the ideas. Rex is too cute

  7. Very pretty! I love how your son is modeling it for you. My sons have had to suffer through that at least once each.

  8. So funny that you used your son to model it! I've done that before with a skirt...my little guy was the only one around! We can talk therapy fees later!

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  9. Dang it! Free shipping the week after I make a purchase! Ha-ha! I received my headbands today and love them! Thanks!!

  10. How pretty and clever! :-)

  11. that is so cute!! I want to make headbands but I can never find the place to get just plain plastic headbands :)

    p.s. giveaway: http://ladybug-blessings.com/?p=373

  12. Gorgeous! And thanks so much for sharing the tips! I love it when people share the wealth!!!

  13. Thanks so much for this tutorial! It's inspired me to create my own.

  14. This is gorgeous. Thank you for the instructions too. I was wondering if you could share another trade secret. How do you package and ship a hard headband with a big flower/s without crushing it?


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