Don’t ask me why I keep sticking bows on everything. When I was home at my parents I made a billion headbands with the hot glue gun. One of them had a big shiny bow on it and people seem quite keen on it. Here is a quick tutorial of what I did.
About 1.5 Yards of 2.5 inch ribbon
A hot glue gun with hot glue
A wide headband. I used an inexpensive textured Scunci headband from CVS
Not shown but also needed:
A sewing needle or sewing machine
Cut a piece of ribbon that is slightly longer than your head band.
Glue your ribbon to the outside of your headband.
Trim excess ribbon and glue the edges to the inside of the headband. Be sure to fold the bottom ends up carefully. Smooth out excess glue with the side of your scissors as you work. If you’re using a low temp gun and have badass knitting callouses, you can probably just use your finger to smooth it out. You’re trying to get rid of lumps and bumps that would be uncomfortable.
It should look a bit like this.
Cut one 18 inch piece.
Cut one 15 inch piece.
Cut one 4.5 inch piece.
Sew all pieces into tubes. This may be difficult with the smallest piece. You can get away with sewing a knot on each end and in the middle on the smallest.
Center the 15 inch piece on top of the 18 inch piece.
Pin in place. Sew two parallel loose rows down the center.
Pull on the ends of the threads to gather the bow together. Sew directly in between the parallel rows to fix the gathering. Slide the smallest loop on and adjust it so that it covers the seams and looks right to you. I put a little pleat in mine. Hot glue the smallest loop in place in the back.
Hot glue your bow to your headband. I tried to center mine but wasn’t entirely successful.
Ta da! You’re all done. It looks cute on the outside and gross on the inside. That’s how you know it’s homemade.
If you decide to use this tutorial, please send me a picture of your finished headband. I’d love to see it. Feel free to ask any questions if something isn’t clear.
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