January 28, 2010

braided headband tutorial

*This post was a guest post sometime ago over at Smile and Wave, but just in case you missed it, here it it.

Sometimes you feel stuck with your hair and just need something quick and different (okay, maybe new) and this headband is the perfect thing (it only takes about 20 minutes)!

What you need:
2- safety pins
6- strips of fabric about 18'' long (can add more strips depending how many bands you want)
1- 6'' piece of elastic
sewing machine


1. gather 3 strips of fabric.
3 strips of fabric


2. pin together ends.
pin ends together


3. braid together.
one braid


4. repeat steps 1-3 for remaining 3 strips of fabric.
braid fabric


5. lay both braids side by side with ends matching together.
two braids


6. straight stitch ends together.
sew ends together


7. snip excess fabric and repeat for the other end (braided bands should be about 15-16'' in length).
sew ends together


8. take your elastic and sew into one end of the braid and repeat on the other end.
sewing on the elastic
braided headband
(what the braided band looks like when done sewing)


9. wear then go out and have fun! enjoy...
side viewbad at these kinds of shots
(I am horrible at these kinds of shots)

Hope you liked this quick little project... if you get bored of it on your head, just pull it down and wear it as a necklace around your neck. For another way to recycle scraps, you can make a braided necklace or check out the Free People blog for directions I made on how to use the scraps to make braided handles for a bag!

40 comments:

  1. I saw that on the Smile and Wave blog, but you made it look so much easier, thanks! I love it and you are a beautiful model for it, I can't wait to try it out!! I am going to check out the links now!
    xoxo~Meg

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  2. oooh, I want one in every colour.

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  3. You always have the cutest ideas! I'm definitely trying this!

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  4. This was the post I saw over at Smile & Wave that got me to check out your blog... and I've been a follower ever since. It's only been for a short while, but it's been wonderful to read about you and your family and your awesome craft ideas. Thank you! God bless you and your beautiful family!

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  5. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing! I found your blog a short while ago and have been enjoying it very much. Best wishes to you and your beautiful family!

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  6. thank you so much cakies!
    i made my first 'scrappy necklace' last night. :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lanolyn/4310072561/in/set-72157623127859335/

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  7. so simple, yet so pretty! I'll definitely have to make one of these....or two - one for my daughter, and one for myself! Thanks so much for sharing! *smiles* ~Jen

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  8. I saw this tutorial ages ago and just recently was really wanting to make one... but I couldn't remember how long yours strips were etc (and never got around to relooking it up!). I am SO GLAD you reposted it! I've definitely needed a hair pick-me-up. One shnazzy braided headband coming up!

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  9. crazy! i used to make these in high school using my mom's scraps! :) i actually have a few in my shop.

    great minds think alike!

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  10. awesome and super super cute, cant wait to make myself one!

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  11. Ohhh, I have been wanting to try this out for awhile. Super cute, and you look adorable with the little Soul in the belly...
    Thanks again for being inspiring to this tired and bored Momma.

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  12. I did this the other day, inspired by your braided necklaces, only I was lazy and tied the ends to an elastic hair tie. This looks better though! I am wearing mine now. I'll have to do a double stranded one too. :)

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  13. SUPER cute! I'm going to have to make some of these...pure awesome.

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  14. Great way to use up scraps...such a clever idea so you can match them to your outfits. :) Thanks for sharing again! :)

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  15. oh my...i can't wait to make these. Just have to wait for us to settled in our new place. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. You look very pretty in those photos :D

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  17. It looks so cute on you. I just ordered the Green Craft mag, Congrats.

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  18. Coolest thing ever! I'm so ready to make one.

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  19. this is so lovely, i should definitely make one. x

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  20. Lovely! I think my niece needs one of these for her upcoming birthday. You look great :-)

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  21. I just made two! I am addicted. I love how easy it is to make!
    Please check mine out!
    Madtimeswelivein.blogspot.com

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  22. Yay! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your post. My daughter and I were just looking at these styles of headbands today and I told her we would figure out how to make one instead of paying $10. And now I know how to do it. Thanks!!!

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  23. Thanks for posting up a tutorial! The headbands are cute and eco friendly. I shall try them out one day.

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  24. i love love love these! i made a few the other day and my girls wore them to Disneyland this week and we got tons of compliments! :) thank you for all the inspiration!

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  25. So cute I had to do it myself! http://epicdaysbylinley.blogspot.com/2010/02/watercolors-from-under-my-bed.html

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  26. I love, love, love your Blog. And today I made a Keyholder with your tutorial. look

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  27. i am so glad you posted this!!
    i've been meaning to make one for a while.. and i've been wanted one even longer =]
    thank youzzzz

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  28. I loved this tutorial when I saw it over at Smile & wave! I still love it, so I'm including it in a post at CROQzine.com - thanks. I'm also posting a pic of the picture... hope that's okay. Let me know if not!

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  29. thanks for reposting this! I just saw it and made my own headbands! I posted pics of mine here:
    http://thepriours.blogspot.com/2010/06/headbands.html

    I love your blog!

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  30. I'm a headband wearer. Love these!

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  31. found your post while stumbling, love this idea. thanks for sharing. I'm having a giveaway on my blog you might be interested in. http://alwaysinwonder.com

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  32. Love love!!! How wide are your strips?

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  33. Found you via Pinterest and loved this. Made it right away!!!
    Check it out...

    http://thehandmadehomemaker.blogspot.com/2011/08/i-fibbed.html

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  34. Thank you for sharing your tutorial. I've translate it in French and centimeters on my blog for my french readers and gave the link to this post. :)

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