Baby Headband

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Hi. I’m Tiffany, and I am obsessed with baby headbands. My daughter owns WAY more headbands than is at all reasonable. I will say this, if it was up to me she would wear a headband every single day. However, my babysitter thinks they are silly, so I know the second I drop her off with a headband on the babysitter is going to take it off. That’s assuming, of course, that she hasn’t already pulled it off herself and gnawed on it until it looks like it has been regurgitated from a dog’s stomach. So, why bother? BECAUSE THEY ARE F*&!ING ADORABLE THAT’S WHY!

Unfortunately these headbands aren’t generally all that cheap. You can find some for around $8 apiece but some range up to $15! You can see how that can start to add up. Then there is the fact that they grow out of them so fast (Especially my big head baby who has been in the 93rd percentile in head circumference since she was born!) So I finally decided it had reached the point that if I was going to continue to feed my headband addiction, I was going to have to start making them myself!

For my first headband I decided to use felt and make a little flower headband. As I’m sure you all know there are a ton of different kinds of headbands made from a plethora of different materials but I wanted to make this headband for my daughter’s 1-year pictures to match her 1-year outfit (pictured below). This tutorial is for that specific headband, but it can easily be edited to fit your individual needs.

Supplies:
Colored Felt of your choice
Fabric-Tac
Colored Elastic
Pen or Pencil
Scissors
Flower Pattern
Jewel Accent – Optional

Instructions:

1. Follow the link for the flower pattern in the supplies list. You can also search the interwebs for a different flower if you do not like the designs pictured. I did not create the flower patterns included above. I googled “felt flower patterns” and found a flower that best fit my needs and followed the link to this website. She has a TON of felt patterns to choose from. The blog is in spanish but the pictures are universal. 😉

2. Print the flower pattern and cut out the patterns in the sizes you need. For this particular headband I took a screenshot of the flower in the bottom right-hand corner, pasted the image to word three times and resized the images. I ended up with a small, medium and large flower pattern.

3. Trace the pattern(s) onto your felt. Use a light colored pencil if possible as markers and pens can bleed through the felt.

4. Cut out felt flowers. (You will need an extra piece of felt at the end of the project so don’t throw away your scraps.)

5. I would recommend arranging the flowers first before you glue them to make sure you like the arrangement. I had to cut out a flower in each size from all three colors of felt I had before I could decide on the arrangement I liked best. Just FYI.

6. Use your Fabri-Tac to glue the pieces together. You can use another form of adhesive such as hot glue or superglue, etc. but the Fabri-Tac really is great for anything fabric related and I highly recommend it. Once your flower is completed to your liking set this piece aside.

7. Grab your elastic. Just FYI, the elastic can be frustrating to find. I finally found this shop on Etsy that has an excellent selection of elastic at really great prices, as well as other headband supplies such as pre-made flowers. I highly recommend them! Anyways, you can google “average headband sizes” if you are not sure what length to cut your elastic but, as aforementioned, my daughter has a… above average sized noggin so I actually cut her headband at 18″. Here is a guideline that I found for average headband sizes:

{ Premie} 11-12″
{ Newborn } 13″
{ 0-1 Year } 14″
{ 1-6 Years} 15″
{Child-teen} 16.5″
{ Adults } 17.5″

8. Use your Fabri-Tac to attach the two ends of the elastic. Make Sure the elastic is NOT twisted before you attach the ends.

9. Attach your Flower to the elastic using the Fabri-Tac. If you place the fabric over the spot where you connected the elastic it creates a seamless headband.

10. Now to finish the headband! Go ahead and grab your felt scraps that you saved from earlier. You will need to cut a circle from your felt. You want the circle to be just smaller than your flower as you are going to glue this piece behind your flower so that the elastic is sandwiched between the two and you don’t want to be able to see this piece from the front.

ALL DONE! Now you have an adorable little custom headband for your baby’s special (or, ya know, Monday) outfit! I forgot to get step-by-step pictures for this tutorial so if you have any questions please feel free to message me!

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GIVE AWAY OPPORTUNITY

Turns out the rhinestone #1 that I ordered for this headband came in a set of five. As my baby only needs one headband for her 1-year pictures I now have four extra rhinestone #1s. Maybe one of these days I will get down to making an Etsy shop but for now I am just going to keep doing my crafting as a hobby and call it good. Having said that, I am doing a give-away to the first 4 people who meet one of these requirements:

1. Like AND Share my Facebook post and comment that you would like a 1-year headband
2. Like AND Share this blog post and comment that you would like a 1-year headband

I will send a message to the first 4 people who meet one of the above requirements to get your specifications for your child’s custom 1-year headband!
(As this is free give-away and I will be paying for any necessary shipping charges you must be in the United States to qualify for this giveaway. Also please allow at least a month to receive the headband. I appreciate your understanding.)

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Felt Rose Baby Mobile

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So I found these BEAUTIFUL felt rose baby mobiles on Etsy. Unfortunately they were a little out of my price range. The thought occurred to me that I could probably make one myself so I hit the internet to find a tutorial. Here’s the thing, search as I may, I could not find a tutorial for these beauties, so here I am doing my first full tutorial from scratch… kinda.

I actually pulled together a bunch of little tutorials to piece together the final product. I will share these with you as well, of course, but I thought it would be easier to provide one full guide. I made one for my baby girl’s room first, but did not think to document the process. A friend of my husband’s requested that I make her one, so it provided me the perfect opportunity to create this tutorial. So here goes:

Supplies you will need:

Felt for roses (color of your choice (I used about 25 sheets of this))
Felt for petals (optional)
Illusion Cord/Fishing wire (Mine was 0.30 mm)
Needle
Scissors
Hot Glue Gun
Craft Wire (optional)
Glue Sticks (LOTS of these)
Spiral Pattern (Optional)
Metal rings (You can get wood or metal, I choose metal with a 3.5″ radius)
Beads and Crystals (you do not need both, but you do need at least one or the other as these are what keep the roses in place)

supplies

OK, let’s get started shall we?

First you need to decide how “big” your mobile will be, or rather how many flowers you will be adding and what size flowers you want. For my daughter’s mobile I ended up using about 18 large flowers and 23 little flowers. I changed things up a little with the second mobile and used a few more large flowers, but this is really up to you and your aesthetic preferences. You will need to cut scalloped spirals from your felt for each flower you will be making. You can freehand these, but luckily I found this perfect pattern on artsandcraftstv.com. I printed about 20 of these for the large flowers and for the little flowers I just copied the spiral to a word document and shrunk it down so two could fit to a page and printed about 10 pages.

Roughly cut down the patterns so that you can pin them to your felt. I found that I could fit one large pattern and one smaller pattern to a single sheet of felt. Pin the pieces to the felt (one pin each should do) then simply cut the spiral. You do not need to be overly careful with this process but you do need to make sure you are cutting the felt with the pattern, sometimes it can slip away from you.

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I’m sure there is a cricut machine out there somewhere that could have made that part of the process a LOT easier, and maybe one day I’ll invest, but for now this will work. Now you are going to start to glue your flowers. Take a cut spiral by the tip, so when you’re holding it up it spirals in on itself at the end. Put a little bit of hot glue on the tip and a little inwards on the bottom and roll the felt in on itself. Continue to add glue along the bottom as you roll your flower. When you get to the end the little twirl at the bottom should create the base of the flower. I found this handy-dandy video on youtube that illustrates the process a little better. This is what you should end up with:

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rose base

Now just repeat the process with ALL your spirals and you should end up with a whole bunch of roses – haha – pun.

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If you want to add leaves to your roses you’ll want to cut and glue those on now. For my daughter’s mobile I chose to put leaves on the big flowers only. I alternated between 1, 2 and 3 leaves per flower. With this second mobile I opted out of the leaves, just for a different feel. Once you have completed your roses to your liking you can start putting together the mobile.

First you’ll want to take your metal ring and make a criss-cross shape with your wire. I tried the craft wire on my first mobile but I just used illusion wire on my second and that seemed to work just as well, so this is up to your preference. I will say after I completed both I like the final look with the illusion wire better so that you don’t end up with a giant gray X in the center of your mobile but I’m still happy with my first mobile. Make sure it’s secure and centered evenly. Set this aside for now.

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Next, you’ll want to thread your needle with the illusion wire/fish wire. You’ll want your wire to be pretty long, I don’t have an exact measurement but you’ll need enough length to add all your roses with space in between plus have enough room leftover to secure the string to your metal loop. Be sure you make the knot at the end big enough that it will secure the first crystal or bead that you string. I started with a tear drop shaped swarovski crystal (to me the crystals looked like little water dew drops) and then threaded a pearl bead. At this point you’ll want to decide how you want your flowers stringed on. For my first mobile I chose to start with a large flower with small flowers in the middle and another large flower on the end. I had 9 wires attached to the loop, the middle wire had 2 large flowers (one on either end) and 5 little flowers in the middle. The other 8 all had 2 large flowers and between 1 and 4 little flowers in the middle of each string. With the second mobile I wanted to change it up a little and I did a few of the strings with all large flowers. Again this part is completely up to what you think looks best. Once you’ve decided you can start by threading your first rose. The felt is really easy to thread but you may have to poke around a bit to get around the globs of hot glue.

first rose

This is where the beads come into play as they are responsible for keeping your flowers in place. Without beads or crystals your flowers are just going to slide down and pile up on top of one another. Take a bead/crystal and thread it through your needle. Slide it down to the position you want your next flower to be, now thread it again and pull the wire tight, so that the wire is essentially looped around the bead. This will secure the bead in place so you can slide your next flower down to that point. I used pearl beads as the anchors for my flowers but also added some small swarovski crystals here and there between the flowers to create the illusion of water droplets. Continue this pattern until you have completed one string of roses, however many you may want that to be. Remember to leave some leftover wire at the top, so that you can secure your string of flowers to your metal loop, and cut the needle from the wire and set aside.

string of roses

Repeat the process until you have as many string of flowers as you want and then you can start attaching the strings to your ring. Beginning with the center of the chandelier, tie your first string of flowers around the criss-cross at the length desired. I found it easiest to attach these while the ring was hanging. I secured mine to dangle off the side of the table with my nook! Now just start attaching the rest of the strings around the loop at varying points and lengths.

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Once you have placed all your strings in place so that they are symmetrically placed (remember this is a mobile and you want it fairly evenly weighted around the circumference) you need to tie the illusion wire to hang the mobile from. You can tie it just in two places, but this makes the weighting a little precarious so I highly recommend tying the illusion wire on 4 evenly placed points. There are two ways that you can do this. I tried both and neither one seemed to work better or worse than the other so again, this is up to your preference. You can cut 4 strings, tie them to the loop and then tie them off together at the top. This is what I did with my first mobile. On the second mobile I cut 2 long threads of illusion wire. I took the first wire and tied it tightly to one end and then tied the other end straight across from the first knot. It is up to you how long you want string to be depending on the length you want the mobile to hang from your ceiling. Now take the second string, tie the first end halfway between the first two knots you created with the first thread. Wrap it once across the middle of the first thread then tie the other end across from the first. You’ll want to make sure that all 4 threads end up the same length to ensure that the mobile hangs evenly.

The last touch to your mobile is decorating the wire ring. I tried two different approaches. For Edythe’s mobile I purchased two different colors of ribbon and 2 colors of tulle. I cut a bunch of pieces in all 4 of them about 2.5-3 inches each. Then I just filled in the ring by alternately tying the ribbons and tulle in simple knots going in different directions. I was really happy with the shabby chic effect it created. On the second mobile, I wanted a more vintage glam look so I wanted to put lace around the ring. First, because metal doesn’t hold hot glue well, I wrapped the entire length of the ring in ivory ribbon. Once I had securely fastened the ribbon I simply hot glued the lace around the outside of the ring. This option was faster, but I loved both looks, so it just depends on the look you are going for.

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metal ring lace

And just like that, Viola! You have your very own Felt Rose Baby Mobile!

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