6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
I have been making a handful double sided fabric headbands lately and wanted to share a few ways you can style them. Sometimes it can be hard to envision how something might look unless we have a good visual of it so here are six ways that you can wear this headband. If you have styled your headband a different way, please share! You can link here in the comments or tag me and use #happytogetherbyjess on social media to share. A big thanks to my friend Dorothy for modeling for me!

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 1.
Let’s start with the wrap around way pictured above. It’s really easy to do.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Tease the top back of your hair if you like for a little added oomph. Put the headband on like in the picture above.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Starting with the hair closest to your face, wrap over the headband. Keep adding more and more hair as you wrap it.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Once it is all wrapped, fuss with it a bit to get it nice and even if needed and use bobby pins to hold stray hair in place.

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Number 2.
You can do the hair wrap around with just the top half of your hair for a slightly different look.

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Number 3.
Adding a headband when wearing your hair up in a bun takes that bun to a new level. A better level. This is great for those days when your hair might not be at the top of its game, but you want a little more than just a plain ol bun.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 4
. Add a headband to your ponytail style!

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Number 5.
Braids are still super in right now and you can add a headband to many of the styles. I did a simple dutch braid (which is like a reverse french braid) on my friend. As you can see, my braiding skills are not the greatest, but I’m working on it haha.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 6.
Plain and simple. Wear it with your hair down. Pull out some hair in the front for a side swept bang look (even if you don’t have long bangs you can do this).

Be inspired as you wear your headband now and if you haven’t made one yet try one out. There is an adult size and a child size pattern available.

-Jess

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Any belt lovers out there? This is a simple belt diy to jazz up a plain old belt. Plus, if you already have many of the supplies it won’t cost much to do either. Even if you have to buy everything, I am pretty sure it’s still cheaper than this J. Crew cork belt (which is currently sold out).

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
While doing my usual window shopping online, this J. Crew belt caught my eye. I think the main reason being that I had some cork ribbon in my stash and I knew I could recreate the look for myself. So I grabbed my friend Dorothy and we went to the thrift store to find a belt. We looked for one that was flat and would be easy to cover. I spent $1 to buy that belt which you can see in pictures below.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
To make this you will need most of the things pictured above. Turns out, I didn’t end up using that pen ;)

  • Flat Leather/Leather like belt
  • Cork Ribbon (I got this from Michaels, but I don’t see it online anywhere. It’s part of the Raw Bar collection)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint or Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Large Nail
  • Optional: Heavy objects like books

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Start by cutting a long piece of cork ribbon so there is plenty to wrap over the side edges. Then lay your belt down right side up. Brush on mod podge on most of the belt, but leave quite a few inches un-mod podged near the buckle. Then place belt on top of ribbon and let it dry really good. If you don’t let it dry, the ribbon will pop off when the belt is bended. Place books on top to help during the drying process if you want.

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Next, flip down the un-mod podged ribbon so it is lined up with the rest of the ribbon. Cut down one side, close to the belt edges. Make sure to keep the ribbon even when cutting over the over lapped area. I found it easiest to make an equal precise cut this way.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Then repeat on the other side. Now all the ribbon will be the same width as the belt.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Push the buckle to the back of the belt and determine where the ribbon will need a hole for the prong to go through. Create a hole using a nail.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Place the prong through the hole. Then carefully add mod podge to the rest of the top of the belt and lay ribbon down flat.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Trim excess ribbon on the back, making sure there is enough to cover where the belt leather doubles up. Mod podge that part on as well. Agian, let it dry and use books to help keep it down during the drying process if you want.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Once everything is dry, trim any other places that need it. The end on this belt needed to be trimmed.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
Take the nail and poke holes where the belt holes are.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
I also painted the buckle gold since I couldn’t find a belt that would work for this with an already gold buckle. So that is an option if you want the buckle a different color. I would suggest adding a coat of mod podge on top of the paint as well to help keep it from scraping off.

J. Crew Style Cork Belt DIY | happy together
So simple, right? It really makes for a cute accessory. To style this belt, we went searching on Pinterest for some belt styling ideas.  My friend did a great job putting this outfit together for it. Have a happy weekend!

-Jess

 

Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern

Hello blog world! It’s been a busy weekend! I hope all you Americans had a fabulous 4th of July. We had friends stay with us, a cookout, and my friends even had a baby shower for me. All the hustle and bustle really took a toll on my body though. I’m packing my hospital bag tonight because last night I thought we might be making an early trip (still a few weeks to go….but you never know). Now, it wasn’t that bad, but it was bad enough to make me think I need to have everything prepared. A BIG THANK YOU to my hubby for a ton of back rubs :)

I have this list of “blog” things I’m trying to finish up before baby E comes, so let’s see how I do.

I’m starting with this one: Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern. I had so many ask about how I made the ones for my daughter’s teachers that I digitized the pattern for all of you to use and wrote up instructions.

Simple

You can make simple ones

Lots of fabrics

or more elaborate ones. I made these with leftover pieces from my daughters quilt.
Are you ready to make one of your own?

What you need:
-Download adult size here: Free Double Sided Headband Pattern | happy together  {there’s a 1 inch line on it to make sure it’s printed the correct size for you}
-Download kid size here: Free Kid Size Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern | happy together
-Fabric for the headband and elastic cover
-Adult size: 5.5 to 6 inches of 1/2″ or 3/4″ elastic (this can be adjusted if needed)
-Kid size: 5.5 to 6 inches of 1/2″ or 3/4″ elastic (I used 6 inches on the ones I made for my girls, ages 3 and 7)

Notes:
-Always back stitch at the beginning and end of sewing, unless otherwise stated.
-Seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.
-Kid size will be made the same way except the elastic casing is so small that there is no need to do step 9.

1. Once you print out your pattern, cut the pattern pieces out. *Please note that pattern has now been updated and will look a little different when printed*

Pattern pieces

2. Cut out two pieces for the headband, making sure the pattern piece is on the fabric fold.

3. Cut out two pieces for the elastic cover (if you make your elastic piece longer, increase the length of these pieces as well). Again, make sure the pattern piece is on the fabric fold.

 

4. Cut your piece of elastic to be 5.5″ long.

5. Place the a headband fabric piece and elastic cover fabric piece down, right sides facing up. Then place the second pieces on top of them, right sides facing down. Make sure to match up the sides and pin together.

6. Sew down the sides of the headband and the elastic cover.

7. Turn each piece right side out. I do this by attaching a long piece of yarn to a safety pin.

Then I slide the safety pin through the what needs to be turned

and then pin one side of the end.

Tuck in the end that has the safety pin a little

and then pull the yarn on the other end and it will be right side out.

8. I use a long stick to push out the seams from the inside and then iron, but you can just iron each piece if you like. I just don’t like the fabric overlapping on the sides too much.

9. Now take the elastic cover piece and sew down each long side. This creates a middle casing for the elastic. *THIS step is NOT needed on the kid size one.

10. Add a safety pin to the end of the elastic and start to slide the elastic through the elastic cover. Make sure to stop before the end without the safety pin is inside.

11. Once the side without the safety pin is at the opening, sew it in place so it won’t go anywhere.

12. Continue to push the safety pin through the casing until the other end of the elastic is at the other edge. Sew that in place as well.

13. On each end of the headband piece,

turn in some so no raw edges are showing.

14. Slip in the elastic band until the place where you sewed is no longer visible and sew in place.

15. Repeat #14 on the other side.

16. Top stitch the sides of the headband part if desired (I sew closer to the edge than 1/4″).

They are simple to make and if you plan it well you can whip up a bunch at the same time assembly line style like. Then you have a bunch for yourself or gifts for the ladies in your life :) Most of these will probably be Christmas presents. Great, huh? And it’s only July!!!!!

Don’t forget to check out 6 ways to style your headband too.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together

If you make some, share by tagging me in social media and using #happytogetherbyjess, in the flickr group or on the fb fanpage

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