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|Subject: How to Make Headbands
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Date Posted: 14:07:08 03/15/01 Thu
In reply to:
's message, "Headbands & Tiaras" on 17:46:16 03/10/01 Sat
I was wondering how you all make your headbands. I don't love anything I have done and would appreciate any tips or suggestions.
-Here's how I do it, after many attempts. These are the Large headpiece types. I first cut an arch shape, leaving the bottom straight. I then put on whatever decoration on them. Right sides together, I sew the front to a backing piece, leaving bottom open, Turn right side out. Cut piece of vilene to fit and insert it. Then I serge the bottom. Then, hot glue on a headband at bottom. Because the bottom is straight across it goes back at a nice angle. Then I cover the band at the bottom with sequins trim. I also put little elastic loops to bobby pin it to their hair
-Slightly different instructions.... I did the same except I whip stitched the bottom edges together and attached elastic to the ends making it a true headband. It lays a little bit flatter than those mounted on a formed hairband, but that's the style my daughter wanted. I left the bottom absolutely plain but added a row of crystals across the top edge, about 1" apart.
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[> Subject: Fabric Tiaras for thin hair
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Date Posted: 20:29:02 03/15/01 Thu
My youngest daughter has very thin hair. I manage to get a lot of volume with the ringlets. The problem I have is with the cloth tiara/crown; clipping it through the end loops to her hair. It just doesn't stay because there isn't enough hair in one spot for the clip to grab onto. It always seems loose. It has never come off during dancing, but it bothers me that it won't stay tight against her head. She always wears a small comb tiara in front of it. I was wondering if I should sew on little plastic combs to the ends and/or the front middle. I also thought of sewing it to her tiara. What about a headband style with elastic and that goes all around the head(would that be difficult to get to stand up properly)? Or do you have another suggestion?
-One suggestion is take a little clump of hair where you want to attach the clips, and twist it into a small knot, this gives the clip more to hold on to, and should stay on tight.
-Our school dresses come with fabric tiaras that are elastic headband style, quite stiff, and are cut in a sort of half-moon shape. I copied this when I made a tiara to match my daughter's used solo dress, and have had no problems with them standing up. I didn't have any good stiffener, so I actually cut the appropriate shape from a piece of plastic canvas (designed for needlepoint craft projects) and inserted it into the tiara. Worked great! and no problem getting it to stay on either; if the elastic gets loose, you can just knot it in the back to take up the slack. Also works to turn it into a "crown" shape to enclose a curly bun for when we wear phony hair for shows.
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