Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Baby Fever = Headbands Galore

I. LOVE. BABIES. This proclamation is not to be confused with the average "Oh, I love babies" that people casually say as they see a baby do something cute. I really truly love them. I love kids in general, but babies have a sweet spot in my heart. I have a unique ability to love other people's children as if they were my own. So for a 'baby-lover' like myself, this is a pretty lovely time in my life, as it seems everybody, let me restate that, EVERYBODY, is having them.

A few months ago I heard about this amazing baby boutique in Sumner called Sugar Babies. With a few little girls on the way, I went with a dear friend to check it out. Although I fell in love with almost everything in the store, my inner Creative Junkie kept thinking, 'I bet I could make this!'.

Of all of the items I wanted to attempt, first on my list was the obnoxiously large, incredibly adorable headbands. So I ended up buying one, and then proceeded to take it home and inspect it to see how I could go about making my own. Turns out they are pretty easy.

First go to your local craft or fabric store (or your craft closet for fellow junkies), and pick out some cute ribbons. You can also pick up 'centers' for your bows, and the stretchy headband fabric (buying a plain headband works just as well), and clips for the back too.
TIP: If you are just making one or two, get ribbon by the yard so you don't have to buy a whole spool!

Then, play around and make up some fun bows! You can get creative, and keep in mind, the bigger and more outrageous, the better (in my humble opinion that is). 
TIP: You can use scrapbook embellishments, old jewelery, beads etc. for the centers.

Using one of my favorite crafting tools, the handy-dandy hot glue gun, glue your bow onto a clip. Now you don't have to do this, you can always attach the bow directly to the headband- however putting them on clips makes it so you can mix and match bows/headbands!

Once you have sewn your headband together, simply clasp the bow to the headband, and there you have it, your very own, super cute headband. Or, if your obsessive like me, TONS of super cute headbands.

Then all you need is a little munchkin to model your work!

I can't decide if this helps my 'baby fever' or just makes me want one even more, but I had a blast making them and these headbands make great shower gifts, or are fun for holidays or portraits too!

Note: If you aren't super crafty, you can also buy fake flowers (gerbera daisies work great) and just hot glue it onto a headband for an easier, still fabulous, version. It's still cheaper than buying them!


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