Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tutorial Thursday: Interchangeable Ruffle Headband

You know which headband I get the most compliments on?
This one.

Strangers stop me and ask where I got it.
Tell me how fantastic it is.
Ask me if I sell them.

I love ruffles and so when I went looking for ideas
for a headband I found several.
Some of my favorites are Smile Like You Mean It,
Gussy, Salty Pineapple, Lu Bird Baby, and Blue Cricket Design.

I actually did make some for a local craft show back in October.
And people loved them.

But most people wanted to know if they were interchangeable.
I said no, but that was a fabulous idea!

So here it is!

You'll need:

  • scrap of fabric
  • 2 pieces of felt
  • headband
  • sewing machine
  • seam ripper
  • glue gun
Find the center of your fabric.
Set your tension high.
Set your stitch length long.
Sew right down the middle.

It should ruffle your fabric for you.

Woohoo! Pretty ruffle!

Grab the TOP thread and pull to gather it a little bit more.
Gather and fiddle until it fits your piece of felt.

Pin the wrong side of your fabric to the felt.
I pin one end first - adjust the ruffle - and pin the other end.

Stitch all the way around the piece of felt.
I used about a 1/8" seam allowance.

Now it looks like this!


Grab your seam ripper.
And carefully remove the ruffle stitch from the middle.

So it looks like this!

If you have itty bitty holes from your ruffle stitch,
lightly spray the fabric with water
and let it air dry.
Teensy holes are gone.

If you don't want your headband to be interchangeable,
then mark on your headband where you want your ruffle to sit.
I usually put it about 2" front the bottom of the headband.
Then glue the ruffle in place.

If you want your headband to be interchangeable,
then skip STEP SIX and proceed to STEP SEVEN.

Take your headband and use it as a spacing guide.
Lay your second piece of felt on top of ruffled felt
and glue down ONE EDGE of the felt.

Use you headband as a spacing guide again
and glue down the other edge - leaving a tunnel down the middle.
Be careful not to let the glue seep into the middle.
Keep your line of glue pretty close to the edge.
You can also use a pencil, dowel, or pen as the spacing guide
to avoid getting glue on your headband accidentally.

You should have an open little tunnel,
the right size for your headband.

Now you can slide your little interchangeable ruffle onto your headband.
Isn't it cute??

Then take it off.

Make some more!

And never be without a ruffle again!

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Fine Print:
Please feel free to use this tutorial for your personal use. Please be kind and give credit where credit is due. Any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me.


Michelle {Daydream Believers} said...

So cute! :) Last summer, for our vacation, I made my girlies interchangable flower clips & headbands using this same concept; it was great! The hair pieces all held up well and saved space in our suitcases!
Have a happy day! Michelle

Stephanie said...

So cute! Thanks for the instructions!

Diana said...

Aww...very cute!! My grand daughter will love these and they will be in her Easter basket for sure!! ;-)


Unknown said...

Great tut! I could do that!

Karen said...

Those are so adorable! I love how they are interchangeable!!

Unknown said...

I'm definitely making these.. I love the fabric you chose! So purdy!

Melanie said...

Super cute Kyla!!!

Rebecca said...

Thank you for the tutorial! I love the idea of the ruffles being interchangeable. I'll have to go through my scraps and start making some for me & my girls to share. =]

Unknown said...

i am totally digging your fabric choices on those ruffles. that's a slick idea changing out your ruffle!

thanks for the shout out.

PunkyNoodles said...

I cannot wait to make these! SO cute! thanks for sharing your tricks :)

*Brandi said...

I LOVE IT! Thanks for the tutorial!!!!

Jess Jones said...

I haven't seen this ruffled headband, yet. It is fabulous!! I hope I can get experienced enough with my ancient sewing machine to accomplish this... Thanks for the idea!

Tasha said...

Darling Kyla. I love these headbands. (love them) I have gone to more interchangable headbands and am loving it. Love love this tutorial. I am totally going to feature it.

Lisa {grey luster girl} said...

It would be correct to say that I was grinning from ear to ear when I saw this post. Thank you, thank you a million thank yous! My daughter wears a headband everyday and it is great to get a cute new one. I made a few and posted them on my blog.

Lyssa Beth said...

This is the awesomest! I don't think that's a word but I declare it is now. Wow, I love this. So simple but so cute and I love the interchangeable idea because we have lots of broken headbands around here. Thanks for sharing.

Rachel said...

love, love, love! I'm totally making some this weekend!

AmyH said...

Super cute! I'll be featuring you as the Friday Fav next week on

Little Sprinkles Of Fun said...

I love, love, love these!! I will definitely have to make some of these! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Hey!! I loved these so much, I linked it up on my blog today! Check it out here: said...

I love interchangeable items! What a great idea.
Love the fabric too.
Found you via tater tots...

Fonda @Southern Scraps said...

Those are really cute!

Stitches said...

That is such a great idea! I think i might try it with the soft headbands.

Anonymous said...

adorable project, and great tutorial. Thanks so very much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday, great to "see" you!

Megan said...

very cute. I love that it is interchangeable.


Julianna said...

This is great! I'd love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds!

Anonymous said...

This is so cute! I love that you can change them up!

I am having an "every crafty blog" linky party and would love for you to come and join!

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

Those are adorable :) I bet my 6 year old would love them!!

Nicole @ Nicole Clark blog said...

I love those and I wish I had a sewing machine at times like this! I am a new follower.

Unknown said...

I have made 60 headbands in the last couple of weeks! I even have a tutorial I put up today for making Zipper Flower Headbands. But it looks like I will be making some more because these are SO CUTE!!

AllieMakes! said...

I just love these headbands! Thank you for sharing the tutorial!!

Dani said...

love love love! I'm a new follower and I just blogged about this! come check me out!

arkie said...

Really cute! Great idea! Thanks!

Weatherbee ;) said...

These are really cute, I can't wait to make a ton of these for my daughter and nieces and every other little girl I know! :)

Oh, I had a thought too...I think I'll try sewing the two felt pieces together first with the tunnel in the middle, and THEN attach to the ruffle. (Me and hot glue just don't work out well together.)

Thanks for the awesome tutorial!
~Teresa :)

Linda said...

Thanks for this tutorial! I reported here:

Jazmin @ My Little Memory Jar said...

This is so awesome! And another reason why I totally need a sewing machine.


Unknown said...

I am so making a MILLION of these! With 3 girls in teh house, we have a LOT of headband wearing going on.

Jenalyn and Mike said...

These are so cute! Would you mind sharing the measurements of the fabric scrap and felt you used?

Oddities and Loveliness said...

Thanks SO much for the super easy instructions! I'm a complete newbie with a sewing machine, and I find that some bloggers just assume we all know the basics. I don' your blog is just amazing for me! I think even I can pull this one off. Wish me luck!

Anonymous said...

I have included a link to this tutorial on my blog -

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us.


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