With that back-to-school feeling in the air, I find myself wanting to make things for my girls to wear, and when time is short, these t-shirt headbands are the perfect fit!
Fabric flower headbands are such a fun project because the materials needed are minimal, you can complete this project with just your hot glue gun (no sewing needed!), and the amount of time you will need to invest is relatively short. I’d guess you can complete at least one fabric flower headband in under an hour.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. An old t-shirt or jersey knit fabric (t-shirt fabric)
2. Soft elastic or a large barrette
3. Felt to match your fabric
4. Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
First, start by cutting your t-shirt fabric into long narrow strips. Mine measured about 2 1/2″ by 30″ long.
Next, iron your strip of fabric in half, lengthwise, making an even narrower strip of fabric.
After that, iron it in half again. Now you have a piece of fabric approximately 3/4″ tall by 30″ long, and it should be four layers of fabric thick.
Get your hot glue gun warmed up, and then start rolling one end of your fabric, creating a tiny little jelly roll. Once you’ve rolled it a few times, place a small line of hot glue on the fabric, and roll it into your jelly roll, securing everything in place.
Now you can begin to create the criss-cross rolling technique that will give your fabric flower some texture, and keep it from being one solid jelly roll of fabric.
I like to hold my fabric flower on my work surface, fold the fabric strip over at an angle, then add a line of hot glue, and roll the flower over the glue to secure the “petal” I have just created.
Then I immediately fold the next section of fabric back in the other direction, make a line of hot glue, and roll the fabric flower over the hot glue to secure everything in place. Keep repeating this process back and forth until you have only a few inches left of your fabric flower.
When you get near the end of your fabric strip, fold the fabric over, secure with hot glue, and then instead of folding it back again, tuck your tail of fabric under the flower, and secure in place with several globs of hot glue.
To turn your fabric flower into a headband, I like to find some soft elastic, measure the person’s head, and make the elastic at least one inch smaller (possibly more, if your elastic is very stretchy). Take the two ends of your elastic and overlap them, adhering the two pieces together with hot glue.
Then make a line of hot glue across the back of your fabric flower, and lay the elastic over the line of glue, making sure the raw ends of the elastic that you just glued together, are the part you glue to the back of the flower, that way they will be concealed under the next layer, which is felt! Cut a circle of felt a little larger than your fabric flower, run a line of hot glue along the edge of the flower (on the back part of the flower), and then place that hot glued side on top of the felt. Allow to dry, and then trim with sharp scissors, as close to the flower as possible.
My older daughter does not care to wear headbands, so for her I made a fabric flower barrette! I covered the top piece of this barrette with extra fabric before I glued it to the flower, but in retrospect, I’m not sure it was necessary. So long as your flower covers all of the barrette, you probably don’t need to bother with that extra step. I’ve used alligator clips in the past, but they are light weight and can only hold the weight of a smaller flower. This time, I wanted to make her a big flower, so I went with this “French barrette” which has worked out better with the larger flower.
And now some pictures of the finished products!
I so appreciate that my older daughter is old enough to understand what I mean when I say, “hold still for the camera.” Snap snap snap, and we were done in under a minute.
Baby girl was another story all together.
Whoever has the job of photographing one-year-olds is worth their weight in gold. Yeah, we’ll definitely be paying someone to take the family pictures for our Christmas cards this year.
Not that these photos are any different from most of the pictures we’ve gotten of her lately. Someday she’s going to look at our family photos and wonder if we stopped loving her at nine months old because there will be no more pictures. No, you just stopped holding still for more than a half a second at that point. I’m sure this phase will end at some point. Before she’s twelve.