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Twill Ribbon Headbands

This post first appeared on the Ribbon Retreat blog.  I was given product to complete the project, but the ideas and opinions are my own.

I love these simple headbands, they require few materials, are easy and quick to assemble and are easy enough, kids can make them.  They would be a fantastic party activity, great for craft camps or just to make on a day when you need something creative and fun to do.

Ready to make one?  Let’s do it:



1.  Cut a 12″ section of Twill Ribbon.
2. Embellish as desired.  I cut shapes out of felt and stitched them down, I also just added simple embroidery.  You could also take out the sewing by hot gluing the felt shapes if you want.  Other ideas would be adding buttons or gems.

Now to finish the edges.
1. Fold over the end of the twill ribbon 1/4″ toward the WRONG side of the ribbon. Press.
2.  Fold over the end of the ribbon another 1/4″ to hide the raw end, press.
3. Cut a length of elastic.  For toddlers cut 6″, for older children 8″, for adults 10″.  *note that these are approximate- if you want a more accurate measurement, measure the distance around the back of the wearers head from ear to ear.  Tuck the elastic under the pressed edge with the shiny or RIGHT side facing up. (the wrong side of the elastic should be against the wrong side of the ribbon)

 To finish the headband, fold the elastic away from the ribbon as shown.  Stitch down the end of the ribbon using two rows of stitching as indicated in the picture.  Make sure to back stitch when you start and stop.  Repeat for the other side, and you are done!  Easy, right?  If you want a totally no- sew version, use Fray Check or clear drying glue to seal the cut edge of the ribbon.  Once it’s dry use hot glue to attach the elastic to the ends.  Easy, peasy!

My girls definitely enjoy wearing theirs, and I hope you will too!

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