Thank you for joining us for this very special project!
We absolutely love hand-dyed silk velvet, and a delicate handmade floral headband is always a good idea, don't you think?
You could make this one over and over in lots of different colors...
Gather up some simple materials:
A plain metal headband, or any other of your choice
Small amount of velvet (we like silk velvet, but rayon will do). You could also easily use felt!
Piece of rhinestone chain, separated into 7 individual stones
1 yard rayon seam binding or ribbon of choice
Needle and thread
Pair of sharp scissors
Pair of shears or wire cutters to cut rhinestone chain
Marking pen or pencil
Glue. (We used a bit of Tacky Glue and a bit of hot glue.)
*If you do use a hot glue gun, it would be very helpful to use a small one or one with a needle-nose in order to keep the glue very controlled.
With your headband and the length of seam binding, apply a dab of glue as shown.
Fold the seam binding to the front and press down.
Pivot the bottom as shown so that you can cover the bottom of the band.
Fold and wrap as shown, and begin to wind around the band.
Overlap about 1/4" as you wind, keeping the wrap tight.
Continue all the way around the band, and finish with another folded wrap. Apply a dab of glue to the inside edge and press down securely.
Print the PDF of the shamrock shapes in regular copy paper or cardstock, and cut them out. The two patterns are slightly different sizes, and the velvet is two sightly different colors, which will help to provide texture and interest. *If you only have one color fabric, a simple tea or coffee dye bath will give enough contrast.
You will need 7 flowers in all, so choose from the two colors of green which one will have 4, and which 3.
I cut out 4 of the smaller ones, so that the design would begin and end with them. I also used a regular ballpoint pen to mark the pattern, so I was careful to cut inside the line. A great (better) choice for marking would be a disappearing-ink pen, but mine seems to have literally disappeared...
All cut out!
To give the clovers some dimension, take a needle and thread and run a simple stitch in a small circle, as shown. The color of thread will not show, so any neutral will do.
Pull into a gather, making sure that the resulting "pouf" comes to the back.
This will leave a perfect spot in the center for the rhinestone.
Ready for their closeup!
Decide where on your headband you would like the clovers to live.
I started 4" up from one side and carefully hot-glued a smaller one to the band, and then alternated back and forth for all 7, keeping them fairly close together so that the petals overlapped a bit. My last clover landed about 6-1/4" from the opposite side.
Keep the glue to an absolute minimum so that you cannot see it from underneath.
Carefully hot glue or TackyGlue the rhinestone centers.
Wear it proudly on St. Patrick's Day, and since we have specifically designed it not to look too "holiday", enjoy it throughout the year!!
Let us know in comments if you have any thoughts or questions.
Debbie, Shea, and Stella
The Gilded Girls™
What Stella Wore™