A has wanting to do her own hair lately, which means barrettes, pig tails and pony tails are out, because she can’t do them by herself. She’s been wearing a lot of cotton kerchiefs (which our neighbor sews and are very cute), and the crochet kerchief and headband I made for her, but I decided to make some “fancier” headbands with felt. Since her favorite color is pink and her favorite things are flowers, pink flowers seemed like a logical choice. Pink flowers are second only to rainbows in A’s book, so that was an obvious number two.
I used wool blend felt, a rectangle about 13″x1.25″ and I rounded the corners. For the flower headband, I cut out a bunch of little flower shapes using embroidery scissors and then stitched them on using three strands of cotton embroidery floss. I also just freehanded a viney shape with running stitch down the length of the headband. For the rainbow one, I also used three strands of embroidery floss and did a running stitch around in long ovals. I started with orange and kept going until I got to purple. Then I added a backing strip of felt and stitched the two layers together using red floss. For the pink flower one, after I stitched all the flowers on, I stitched the backing felt on with green thread. At each end, I sewed in about a 6.5″ inch length of 1/2″ elastic. These headbands fit both A and I thanks to the elastic. I was worried they would be hot and/or itchy, but A has worn them for whole days without complaining at all, so they must be ok.