It is also a great opportunity for me to use some of the adorable fabric i have picked up, and with the help of some online tutorials, I have learned to make bibs, burp cloths and baby headbands. I'll put some links to the bibs and burp cloths later (I recently gave away all my new cute bibs without photographing first... smart). In the meantime, here is my first tutorial for how to make a baby headband.
Here it is, modelled on the ever so sweet Audrey.
- 30cm (12 Inches) of stretchy lace (for 2-4 month old baby, approx, measure the head if you can, adjust if necessary)
- yo yo flower fabric, (circle diameter twice the intended diameter of your yo yo) Here, my circle is about 14cm (6 inches approx) in diameter.
- button for centre of flower
- sewing machine (optional)
Step one: make head band
- put the ends of the lace right sides together. use a machine basting stitch or hand sew the ends together with a 0.5cm (1/5th inch) seam, leaving long tails of thread at each end.
- Pull the bottom thread to gather the seam a bit and tie the ends into knots to hold. Cut thread close to the knot. Set aside
Step two: make fabric yo yo
NB: for this step, I used a yo yo maker, but if you don't have one, they're easy to make without one. Follow a tutorial from Heather Bailey here
- After making your yo yo, sew a button to the centre. Here I used a vintage flower button.
Step three: attach yo yo to head band
- stitch the yo yo to the head band over the gathered seam. If you want it to look extra neat, you could cut a circle of felt and sandwich the headband in between the felt and the yo yo, stitching them together around the edge of the felt circle. (I guess you could hot glue gun it or fabric glue it if you trust it to stick!)
Step four: admire your work and the cute baby.
Done!! A super easy hand made gift you can give to new mothers and customise any way you like.
This is my first tutorial, so feel free to make comments if it needs improving!