Hi, I'm Maryam and I blog over at Pamplemousse1983. Fall is my favorite season, especially since I moved to Texas. We don't get much in the way of leaves changing color but the weather does finally start to cool off and we can start wearing more than a pair of shorts and flip flops. Now since the leaves don't really change here I decided to make my interpretation of a fall(ing) leaf headband in the pretty colors of fall leaves.
What you'll need is...
- Some type of trim in a fall-y color. I picked orange pom pom trim but you could use a strip of fabric, leather or faux leather if you wish.
- Leather (or faux leather) cord
- Fabric in coordinating fall colors. You don't need much, I used little bits of scrap, you could also pick up a couple of those quarters from Jo-Ann's or your neighborhood fabric store.
- Fabric glue
- Wood beads (optional)
First things first: measure your trim! I didn't measure with a measuring tape, I just stuck the trim around my head. You can use a tape if you feel like you need to be more precise. It doesn't have to be the exact circumference of your head since this is a tie headband but it should be the same size or smaller. If it's larger it looks a bit funny when you tie it.
Next, cut 6 pieces of the leather cord. Two long, two medium and two short. I'll leave it to you to decide how long you want them to be but keep in mind they will be the ties to your headband so keep the shortest cord at least a foot in length. Any shorter and it starts to look funny.
Sew one long, one medium and one short cord to each side of your trim. Make sure you sew the cord on the wrong side of the trim but if you make a mistake and accidently sew it to the right side it's not THAT big of a deal since we're going to cover the sewing anyway.
Once the cord is attached take two little strips of one of your fabrics (about half an inch wide and twice as long as your trim is wide). You will use a bit of fabric glue to glue it around where you've sewed the cord to the trim. This is just to cover up the thread and keep the end of the trim nice and neat.
To make your leaves, fold your fabrics in half and cut out several rectangles, at least 3 inches by 5 inches. There should be two pieces of fabric cut out for each leaf. Make sure you have them wrong side to wrong side and slide the leather cords on which you want each leaf in between the two pieces. Flatten it down a bit so you can see when the cord is and make sure it's straight.
Sew a zig zag stitch along the length of the cord to keep it in place and make the middle of your leaf. Once you've stitched to the end switch to a straight stitch and "draw" your feather. If you feel uncomfortable free-sewing the leaf you can use a disappearing ink pen to draw it beforehand. Then just stitch over your drawing!
Once you're done stitching, cut out your leaf. Repeat until you're done with your leaves.
And there you have it! An adorable, unique fall headband!