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BY LILLIAN SKYE NOBLE, St. Petersburg Collegiate High
Want to wear those cute decorated headbands but don’t want to spend a fortune on them? You can give some new life to those old headbands lying around your room, and you don’t even have to have sewing talent, or even much time. This no-sew headband is adorable, inexpensive and doesn’t take long to make. Just follow the steps below:
What you’ll need:
Hot glue gun, fabric (scraps from other projects, or inexpensive cotton blends), old headband, scissors, iron
1. Choose your fabric. I purchased half a yard (which turned out to be more than enough) of orange and green (tb-two* colors, of course) for only $2.78.
2. Cut strips of fabric. You’ll need several narrow strips at least 12 inches long and 1 inch wide. The number you will use will depend on the width of your headband (the wider the band, the more fabric it will take to wrap it).
3. Heat up the glue gun. As soon as it’s heated, dab some glue on the end of the headband and stick your first piece of fabric to it. Add more glue on up the band and wrap the fabric tightly around the band, overlapping the fabric. Wrapping at an angle adds interest.
4. If necessary, cut another strip of fabric to finish wrapping the band, dabbing glue to the headband every so often to make sure the fabric stays.
5. Set the headband aside to dry while you work on the bow.
6. Cut a 3-inch by 12-inch strip of fabric for your bow. Decrease or increase the size, depending on how floppy or petite you want your bow.
7. Iron the fabric to remove wrinkles. Fold and iron a 1/4-inch edge around all sides of the fabric to prevent fraying. Then fold the sides in to meet in the middle with a slight overlap, and iron one more time. (Where the fabric overlaps, add a dab of glue to keep the edges together.)
8. This next part is the secret to getting the perfect bow: Take a piece of thin string or thread (or even dental floss!) and tie it around the middle of the fabric, gathering the sides into the middle. Tie it several times, on both sides, and cut off the leftover string. You should have the perfect bow shape.
9. Cut a small piece of fabric. You can use the same material or contrasting. You can iron the edges in like you did on the bow, or just glue the edges down so they won’t fray.
10. Attach the bow to the band. Add a generous amount of glue to your headband wherever you would like the bow to go (I chose the side), press down gently and hold it until it dries.
11. Ta da! You’ve made a no-sew headband.
Instructions adapted from settostunning.com.