A couple weeks ago I shared an easy sew lace headband tutorial with you, and now I have a quick and easy how-to to spruce up those headbands, and just so you know this works with your fold-over elastic headbands as well.
This is an extremely easy task–and only requires a few items.
- Lace headbands (tutorial link above!)
- Glue gun
- Felt Circles
- Shabbies (make sure to trim off the netting on the back of them!)
- Itty Bitty Bling
- Sequin Bows
- Feather Pads
The decorations for your lace headbands are really up to you, I prefer the items listed above but you could also use regular bows or anything else that tickles your fancy.
Just a fair warning, shabbies are absolutely addicting. My collection took up my entire kitchen table when I was trying to decide which ones to use.
Spruce Up Your Lace Headbands
For Shabbies and Sequin Bows:
After heating up your glue gun, the first thing you’ll want to do is plan your setup. You don’t want to have glue drying while you’re trying to decide which shabby to use.
Simply lay them out the way you’re planning on gluing.
Placement is important, make sure they’re off center from the front of the headband but not too close to the back.
Unlike regular headbands, the lace requires a felt circle on the back because we don’t want the glue going through it (and everywhere else) so your first step is to glue a felt circle to the back of your headband. You can choose a coordinating color like I did, but it really isn’t necessary if done right because it won’t be seen.
Afterwards place some glue on the back of your shabby (or directly on top of the lace, whatever you prefer) and glue onto the front of your headband, directly on top of where the felt circle is positioned.
It also helps to separate your headband, that way it doesn’t accidentally get glued together.
After a firm press, you’re ready to add the accent bows.
Make sure you know where you’ll be putting your sequin bows, it helps to flatten the area of the shabby.
Place a generous amount of hot glue on the back.
Press firmly on your desired spot.
That’s it for the shabbies and sequin bows!
For Feather Pads and Itty Bitty Bling:
The feather pads are just as easy, but require a little more prep.
To start place your felt circles on the back of your feather pad, and depending on your size you could need 2 or 3 of them.
(Check the positioning first!) For Feather pads you’ll want to flip the feather pad upside down, place a generous line of glue, then place the elastic over it.
Quickly add extra glue onto your felt circles, then place on top of the headband.
Next we want to add our bling.
Put a dab of glue on the back of your bling, and press on the tip of the feather pad.
If the added weight of the bling makes the front of the feather floppy, add another felt circle like so (gluing on both sides) and it should fix the problem.
Adding a third felt circle in the beginning can also prevent this from happening.
The finished product is a bunch of beautiful customized headbands! (Warning, lots of pictures ahead!)
The Free Spirit:
The Snow White
The Mad Hatter
The Swan Princess
If you’ve made it this far, thank you! I hope you’ve found some inspiration for your next headband project.