Making a hairband

Making a hairband

My youngest is a perpetual princess and loves anything and everything girly, especially if it is pink. While hair accessories have come back into style, I find they can be quite expensive and often poorly made. Here is a neat way to make your own.

Plastic hairband
Ribbon as wide as the hairband and as long plus 1 inch
An extra 1 inch of the Same Ribbon
12 inches of a Coordinating Ribbon
Clear Fingernail Polish
Craft glue
Hot glue (optional)
Needle and Thread
2 Black office clips
Sequins/Rhinestones (optional)

Use the fingernail polish to seal the cut ends of the ribbon that will be used to shape the bow. Set aside and allow to dry.

Begin by measuring the length of the headband. Add 1 inch and measure that onto the ribbon that will be covering the band. Boo came up with the idea of clipping the ribbon and measuring tape together to make sure she was accurate.

Tuck 1/2 an inch around the bottom and glue both sides. Using an office clip hold it in place until it dries.

Slowly work your way around the hairband using more craft glue to hold the ribbon in place. Be sure to smooth it as you go and when you get to the end, pull it tightly before placing a clip again. Allow this to completely dry before add the folded ribbon.

While the hairband is drying, practice folding the 12″ of ribbon. It takes a few tries before it will look the way you want it.

Measuring 4 1/2 inches from the tip, fold the ribbon over. Make sure the shiny side is up when you start.

Fold it at a slight angle as seen in the photo below. Place a finger in the middle and fold back again.

As you have this second fold it again should be at a slight angle.

When it is finally done, squeeze the middle with 2 fingers and sew together using a back-stitch.

It does not have to be pretty, just tight enough to keep it together.

Using the 1 inch of the other ribbon, cover the center of the ribbon and sew it together on the back. Again, it does not have to be pretty as it will be hidden.

To glue the ribbon to the hairband, use more of the craft glue or hot glue. This is the ONLY time you should use the hot glue. If using craft glue, use the clips to hold the bow down while it dries.

If you have sequins or rhinestones now is the time to add them.

Variations can be done according to how you would like your bow to look.

In this example decide how large you want the bow to be and double the length of the ribbon. Fold it in half and glue both ends to the middle spot. The second ribbon should be slightly smaller and again glue the end at the middle.

You could glue the 2 bows together but I think sewing is more secure. Once the 2 bows become one, wrap them with a small piece of ribbon. This time I wrapped it around the headband itself.

Because there was a word on it, I had to be careful how ti was folded.

And voila, you now have a happy daughter.

Scrap pieces of ribbon can be used to make this a really low-cost project. You can find ribbon at the Dollar Store as well in the craft department. This is a neat project to do so that you can have a matching hairpiece to your daughter’s favorite outfit. have fun and get creative! Let me know how it goes.


About keepingiteasyandsimple

I have been married for 20 years and have 3 children. My oldest is 20 and currently in the National Guard. My daughters are 15 and 11 and involved in everything. I believe life is difficult enough, that we can find ways to make the everyday just a little easier and perhaps even more simple. I love to cook, shop and make things with the kids.

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