I’m going to be honest. When it comes to headbands, bows, and flowers on a baby head, I’m not in the camp of bigger is better. Now, you ladies out there who love for your little girls to sport the as-big-as-their-noggin’ headgear, rock on. I’m not one to hate on another momma. But as for me and my house…we lean toward the daintier side.
In my quest for a simple and quick project I came across these sweet felt bows over at Ballpoint + Pen made with nylon for the headband. Yep, nylon. As in, panty hose. Wouldn’t you know it, I already had all of the materials and pumped out a couple in no time at all.
These are quick, simply, and, I’m just going to say it – cheap. There’s a good chance you have the supplies right now so take stock, gather ‘em up, and let’s get started!
Being as they are so quick and easy, I like to make a few at a time to share with friends and their little ones.
(Tutorial makes three headbands-one for you and two to share!)
Scissors or rotary cutter
Hot glue gun
(I personally prefer to use a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler because it’s easier for me to get nice, even strips. But it’s totally not necessary!)
Cut one strip of felt 1/2” wide and 7 1/2” long, another strip 1/2” wide and 9 3/4” long, and the last strip 3/8” wide and 4 1/2” long.
Cut a 2” wide piece of nylon. I started cutting my 2″ nylon pieces from the thigh area of the stocking. It ended up fitting, but was pretty loose on my (at the time) five month old’s head. If you’re making a headband for an infant I would suggest cutting your nylon piece further down the leg.
Cut the first felt strip into three pieces 2 1/2” long, the second strip into three pieces 3 1/4” long, and the third strip into three pieces 1 1/2″ long.
Take the second (the longest) strip and glue the ends to the middle.
Cut notches on both sides of the middle, and V shaped notches out of the ends of the first piece, and somewhat matching notched out of the sides of the folded piece.
Glue the folded bow onto the base strip.
With the bow positioned on top of the rolled nylon, wrap that shortest piece of felt around the bow and nylon and secure with a dot of glue on the back.
There ya go! Now for the most important step…
Find a super cute babe to try on her new headband!
Let your creativity be your guide and mix things up with different color felt and nylons…the possibilities are endless.
We’d love to see your sweet little ones sporting their own felt bow headband! Take a pic and post to Instagram with the tag #TheRuffledMango!