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!


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