Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The rosebud headband

This headband was custom designed for my little nieces, who will be attending a wedding in a couple of weeks. Picture blue velvet dresses (handmade by my mom), blonde curls, and these...

the rosebud headband
{the rosebud headband}

I'm calling it the rosebud headband. I got the textured effect by straying away from my beloved china silk and using a poly instead. Silk (and other natural fibers) actually burn a bit when you singe the edges, but they stay nice and flat. Polyester melts slightly, which gives you a beautiful, curled edge. Totally different effects and I love them both.

the rosebud headband
{the rosebud headband}

Naturally I added bits of tulle and glass beads. They're for a wedding, after all.


*This tutorial is provided for personal use only. Please do not sell this tutorial or create items for re-sale using this tutorial. Tutorial may be re-published only with my permission.

40 comments:

  1. This is so incredibly beautiful!
    1. Can I buy one?
    2. If not, how'd you do it?!

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  2. i repeat comment 1 - can i buy it?! cause i probably can't do it!

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  3. Lovely. Please open an etsy shop!

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  4. So cute! I saw something like this on Etsy a while back, but they were a single bloom on the end of a bobby pin. I couldn't figure out what type of fabric was used, so thanks for the insight! Your nieces must love you!

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  5. These are amazing. I've been wanting to make something similar. You always inspire!

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  6. so beautiful...the details are simply gorgeous!

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  7. Holy smokes, girl! You're really nailing this headband thing! This one is so sweet -- hope to see photos of the girlies and headbands in action.

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  8. Awww, they will look so precious! Gorgeous colour, and I love the little beads and tulle.

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  9. these are so lovely, i know a couple of little girls (and grown ones) who'd love these! i concur, you need and etsy shop.

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  10. I absolutely love all of your headbands. I wish I was talented enough to be able to create them from scratch like you do. If you opened an Etsy shop, I would totally buy some!!!

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  11. Beautiful! Please show us a photo of the little ones all dressed for the wedding if you can.

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  12. They're so beautiful. I'm sure your nieces will love them.

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  13. Just adorable! Ditto on the Etsy shop. :) I'm just no good with fabric!

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  14. HOW adorable! Looks like you might need to add "open an Etsy store" to your to-do list. Love your blog, btw. My friend just forwarded me your link and I already added H-o-L to my morning roll call on my blog! Cheers!

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  15. its really very beautiful, an amazing craft!

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  16. very cute! i've made a few poppy flowers that way for headbands and it turns out so cute! good job!

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  17. You are so talented! I made three headbands using poly, and they turned out great! You have a knack for tutorials!

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  18. I'm going to have to agree with everyone else and say you should open an etsy shop!

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  19. how beautiful! My daughter is going to be a flower girl and something like this would be perfect... just saying:)

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  20. You're a genius! But I must ask you...do you have problems keeping the headbands from sliding off? I do so I was wondering if you had any suggestions?

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  21. Courtney, I definitely have problems with headbands sliding off. I have super straight hair, so they tend to come right out. I just fix them in with a couple of crossed bobby pins if I want to make sure it stays right in place all day.

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  22. Fabulous. Hope you don't mind but I posted about this on my planing blog ..

    http://ahotpinkpetticoat.blogspot.com/2009/08/diy-rosebud-headband.html

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  23. You're quite the headband queen Rachel! I love this one, so sweet, it's the kind of thing my neice would love - I might have to have a play!

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  24. Blue velvet, blonde curls, rosebud headbands...dreamy!

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  25. Hey Rachel! This is absolutely gorgeous! The girls are going to look adorable! So . . . Anna decided to cut her own hair last weekend. She read a Junie B. Jones book in which Junie cuts her hair, and it looks terrible. Anna told me she thought she could do a good job cutting her own hair. I've always thought these books were supposed to teach the girls what NOT to do, but I guess it works the opposite with my little Annie! The bright news is that this beautiful headband will draw attention away from the chop, chop of her forehead!

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  26. Thank you so much for this inspiration! I made my own little headband (which I adore) and then I added some blooms to paper. I'm a papercrafter by nature, though I dabble in other crafts. This was great inspiration! THANK YOU!!

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  28. Hey Rachel. I love your DIY tutorials. But I had one question about the type of material you used for this headband.

    I have tried out like 4 different types of polyester and I haven't found a similar fabric as the one you've used here. I seem to either get a fabric that wont curl and just burns, or a fabric that wont curl and melts. Melting is fine, but I can't get it to curl.

    What is the blend you use? 70% poly & 30% cotton? 100% polyester? Or perhaps it has a name?

    Thanks for the help!

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  29. Hi, everyone!

    For the fabric questions - I use a 100% polyester fabric. I've used many different brands - I'm just selecting based on color. Any natural fiber, like cotton or silk, will singe rather than melt. And other synthetic fibers like acetate or rayon will melt differently and I don't use them for that reason.

    I recommend looking for a 100% polyester fabric that is meant as a lining material, so it is nice and thin, almost like silk. This will give you the best results.

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  30. These are lovely :) you are extremely talented! quick question...what do you use to singe the polyester? Candle?

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