DIY Wired Bow Headband

Happy late Easter to you all! Hope you all had a great long weekend. My friends and I partied like there was no tomorrow, and after every fantastic long weekend... I am now detoxing. On Good Friday Anna and I went on a boat cruise. It was SO. MUCH. FUN! There's nothing better than dancing to great music, having a few beers, cruising down the river as the sun comes down. Unfortunately, we were only told the day before that it was dress up, the theme was Noah's Ark or something weird... Of course, being Easter and with only one day to prepare I decided to go as a cliche bunny. I didn't want to be too over the top so I decided to make a wire headband with long ears, just to tone it down a bit. I was so close to wearing a shower puff as a tail, but thankfully the lack of alcohol at the time talked me out of it.

So to get to the point... These wired headbands are great hair accessories that don't give you a headache, they're a cinch to make and very kind on the wallet. It takes about an hour and should easily come under $10. It's also a great way to use up your fabric scraps. I used the leftover banana fabric I printed back in December. I'm going to show you how to make the little bow headband in the first picture, but you can easily adjust the length of the ends to make bigger bows or ears!

You will need -
  • Fabric (approx 1m x 20cm, depending on your design.)
  • Jewelry or garden wire (approx. 2m. It needs to be strong, but also easy to bend.)
  • Thread and hand sewing needle
  • Sewing machine (unless you decide to hand stitch)
  • Pins
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Pliers/wire cutters
  • Paper, pencil, eraser and glue

1. Get the tape measure and measure around your head where you would like the headband to sit and also the desired length of the bow ends. My head measure was 56cm and I chose my bows to be 10cm per side.

2. You might need to glue some pieces of paper together to make the pattern. You will need to refer to the diagram I drew as this part is hard to explain. Using a ruler, mark out the entire length of the headband. Bow end (10cm) + length around head (56cm) + bow end (10cm) = 76cm. Decide the width of your headband (3cm for me). Mark your head length (the blue lines) in the centre of the original line, making sure they're equal distance from each other (otherwise your bow will be lopsided). From the blue lines, create that shape of your bow ends. Mark a 1cm seam allowance around the whole pattern.

3. Cut out the pattern and wrap it around your head to make sure it fits correctly.

4. Pin the paper onto the fabric and cut 2 pieces.

5. Sew around the pattern, but leave one straight side open. Turn it inside out and press the seams flat. Press the seam allowance on the open end in.

6. With the wire, mould it around the stitch line on the pattern to create the shape of the headband. Using your pliers twist the ends together and squash it flat.

7. Put the wire frame into the fabric headband. To make sure the wire doesn't twist while you're sewing, use pins to secure in place. Using a ladder stitch hand sew the open seam close.

8. Using a zipper foot, sew around the inside of the wire approximately 1cm from the edge to secure the wire in place. This will stop it from twisting around while you wear it. If you don't have a sewing machine, you could do a hand stitch.

9. Now put it around your head and twist both ends to secure it snuggly.

And now you have your adorable and very comfy headband! To make ears, make the ends approximately 25cm on each end. Play around with different patterned fabrics and different shaped bows. You could have one for every day of the week to brighten all your outfits!


yojo | 12 April 2012 at 10:17

your headband is gorgeous!! can't wait to try this idea with some leftover velvet!!

Wang's Factory | 12 April 2012 at 21:48

Thanks Yojo! The velvet sounds great, might steal that idea off you too :P

Katie | 14 April 2012 at 12:37

Love it! What a simple but gorgeous DIY! Ps you look so cute in your pics as well :D

Meghan Elizabeth | 3 May 2013 at 06:57

great idea, stoked on your blog! Happy crafting <3

Anonymous | 14 December 2013 at 21:09

Such a simple & clear instruction. Very professional . Well Done!!!


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