January 10, 2012

A Scrappy Hairclip & Headband


When my daughter was little(r), a friend gave us a Fall headband made from a sweater sleeve and fabric scraps. Brilliant! I have no idea where she got it, but it was such a clever idea for chic repurposing. One look at that headband, and I knew I could create my own spin. 

Wanna know how I used an old (goodwill find) sweater to make an instant headband? 


Yep, that's it. Cut. Finished. No sewing, glueing, stapling or cursing. This particular sweater is black, baggy and fairly stretchy. The size and stretch of the sweater will determine whose head the band will fit. But, I imagine using a thinner knit with a lot more stretch would yield you a headband for a kid.

An adult headband? Hmm. You'd probably have to utilize the sweater's hem and bust out the sewing (or glueing) skills. 

I decided to make a hair clip for this band that is removable so I can change the clip/band combos at my whim and so my lil' punkin can wear the clip in her hair when she outgrows the band. C'mon, you know I like to keep my options open. 


I've simplified this flower tute for you in pictures. These are very similar to the flowers I made for my Winter Wreath, minus the button and with two added leaves. I cut three size rounds from various felts and flannel. I like the felt because it adds a bit of support and I like the flannel because it doesn't fray a ton.

And, you can like whatever fabrics you like for whatever reasons you like them.

(yes, that was my official permission granted)

I then cut two freeform leaves to add to my flower. When all my pieces were cut, I stacked my circles and stitched an x in the middle using thick embroidery thread in a contrasting color. Then I added my leaves and stitched a chain down the center of each. I swapped to a thinner thread to attach the hair clip. And, that's it! Now my clip can easily be attached to the headband or worn as it!




Headband.


Or hair clip. 

You decide!

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33 comments:

  1. I love that the first thing I saw when I checked out your site is that beautiful baby girls face! And the headband idea is super smart! I hope to have one of those 'why didnt I think of that? Oh wait .. I just did' moments.

    Ok.. off to comment on all the posts Ive missed. Youve been warned :)

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  2. That is a great deal!!! I just don't know if my girl will keep head bands on anymore. We haven't been having very good luck with that lately. I still might have to buy those though...

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  3. Emily, was that headband an orange headband? Cos if it was...That is the headband I sent you. Does this mean I am famous now??? HEHEHE...if not...I did have some of those headbands and made several for friends baby girls...they are so fun to create!! We find out Thursday (12th) if I will be making more of those headbands or if I need to buy a football. Baby P will be revealed on Thursday!! LOVE the plaid on the flower!! You ROCK girl!!

    LOVE ya and thata baby girl...gosh she is adorable...

    Teresa P

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  4. Those are so cute!!

    http://www.lyzhang.com

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  5. Oh my goodness I can hardly stand it your baby is PRECIOUS! Darling!!! So's the headband!!! Thanks for sharing!!! XO, Aimee

    PS Pinning.

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  6. OMG! I have the cutest granddaughter ever! Ok...the headband rocks too!

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  7. That is the sweetest thing ever!! oh and the headband is sweet too! hee hee!

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  8. VERY cute- about to have my second daughter and I love finding new things that I didn't do last time!
    tbc-tobecontinued.blogspot.com is my blog if you ever want to swap girl ideas :)

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  9. This would be fun for big girls, too. Great project, and super sweet cutie pie baby!

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  10. I love shabby chic stuff! Great fabrics, too! Love it!!

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  11. What a little cutie! Love the project too ;)

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  12. Well done, that is adorable! And a very cute model too :)

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  13. Oh my goodness your headband is so cute, but your baby is simply gorgeous!!! Such a cutie!!! Thanks for linking up!!! :)

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  14. This is a great idea and your baby is so beautiful!

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  15. Love it! I just had a little girl! Let the fun begin!

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  16. How sweet the bow and the baby....I'd love for you to share this @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party going on now.....

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  17. I love this! My sweet baby needs one of these!

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  18. What a CUTE headband! I host a Monday link party and would love for you to join me with this sweet craft at http://anoriginalbelle.blogspot.com/2012/01/make-it-yourself-monday-11-link-up.html

    Wishing you a wonderful Monday!

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  19. Way to go, Emily!

    I TOTALLY love this (and am definitely ripping it off ; )).

    Wanna link this up with my Feature Friday Free-for-all?


    http://www.fivedaysfiveways.com/2012/01/feature-friday-free-for-all-2.html


    P.S. Your daughter's an absolute DOLL!

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

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  20. So precious! When you cut the edging off the hat didn't it unravel?

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    1. Terry, I'm replying here in case anyone else has the same question!

      The sweater did not unravel, but it does fray a bit. The edges will be raw, but I think it adds to the charm. She's worn it twice and it looks exactly the same as these pictures! The original gifted headband has also stood the test of curious baby hands!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. Very CUTE headband! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We hope you come back and share more of your ideas. -The Sisters

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  22. So cute! It will look so cute on my great niece!!!

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  23. once again I am drooling over that flannel! PERFECT! And what a sweet little gal too!!!! :o)
    Jaime

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  24. I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

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  25. Adorable!!! Such a good idea to have the flower clip removable. Thanks for the heads up on using a sweater band as a headband... great idea!!! I would love for you to share this at our ongoing linky that's just for hair accessories...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/threading-your-way-hair-accessories.html

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  26. Very cute and resourceful! Thanks for sharing! I found your site on the Threading My Way link up!

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