With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner and since we are celebrating Rainbow Week, we created a fun, little celebration headband for the wee darlings in your lives. All you need are a few simple supplies and a little time to create this Rainbow Headband!
The Rainbow Headband is perfect for any occasion. How about a Rainbow Birthday Party? Wouldn’t it be cute for the Birthday Girl to wear?
Thanks to our darling model for sitting still for us to take her picture!
We can’t take credit for this adorable creation, though. Our friend and new Hoosier Homemade team member, Jane sewed it and has graciously offered her instructions for you.
All of the supplies are from Hobby Lobby for only $4.75 including sales tax (not counting the needle and thread.) Be sure to use their 40%-off coupon that you can grab on your phone or computer from the HobbyLobby.com website. She used it for the card with 2 buttons!
Rainbow Headband Supplies
- Large needle
- 20 inches of black thread (heavy craft and button thread which is very durable)
- Shank-style button
- Child-size elasticized headband (She chose a fun, purple one!)
- ¼ yard each of 7 rainbow colors of tulle netting (She used the finest mesh – it’s softer) in red, orange, yellow, green, cyan/aqua, navy, and purple
- The first step is to stack the tulle and cut using a rotary cutter and mat, or scissors to make one 9-inch square of each color of the netting.
- Next, thread 20 inches of black thread into a large needle.
- Trim the tag off the inside of the headband for ease in sewing and comfort to babies.
- Next tie a sparkly shank-style button onto one end of the thread using about 3 square knots and leaving a small tail (about 3 to 6 inches long to be used later in the tying process).
Next it’s time to create the rainbow pouf. The order is red, orange, yellow, green, cyan/aqua, navy, purple.
- Fold each 9-inch square in half as you are ready to sew it. Then run the needle in and out about every half-inch, 2 finger-widths from the folded edge.
- Fold the short part over and slide the tulle over to the button. Note the arrows on the picture to help you.
- Repeat this process with each color of folded netting in the order stated in step 5.
- The tying process: Swing the button up into the middle of all the little folds and then tie the short tail to the long piece of thread, pulling up all the fullness around/behind the button shank.
- Check to see if any of the netting folds got behind the pouf and poke them through to the front before you begin to tie the knots. Once everything is in its place, pull the threads tight, and tie 3 square knots.
- Trim off the short thread tail only.
- Next, poke the needle through at the opening behind the button shank to the back of the pouf.
- Attaching the pouf to the headband: Poke the needle through from front to back at the center of the headband seam, pulling the pouf to the headband. Adjust the placement of the pouf and center it on the middle of the headband seam.
- Then bring the needle through the headband (about a quarter inch away) from back to front and bring the needle out through the button shank.
- Sew down through different spots in the headband and back up through the button shank a couple more times.
- Next, put the needle through to the back of the headband and take a few stitches through the seam in the back to secure the thread and form a knot. Then trim off the long thread.
- Lastly, adjust the netting by pulling the folds back from the button a little and spreading the longer pieces a bit to blend from one color to the next into a beautiful, rainbow pouf.
The whole process took her less than an hour and was fun to make.