Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sweet Little Headband Tutorial!

Last night, I was dinking around on etsy, and I discovered this adorable headband pattern. I was SO tempted to buy it, until I realized, "HEY! I can figure it out myself!" After realizing how easy it was, I've decided to share it with you! In my very first tutorial:

The Sweet Little Headband

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30minutes - an hour
Fun-ness: Fun-o-rama

Materials:

* Size J crochet hook
* 100% cotton Yarn (I used Sugar and Cream Brand)
* 1/2 inch wide ribbon
*Glue Gun (or equally strong adhesive
* Sewing Needle and thread
* Yarn needle


Directions:
Part 1: The headband!!

Step 1: Making your strand
Take your yarn and crochet hook and chain 175 (150 for a smaller head) stitches. Make sure to leave a 8 inch yarn tail on each side of the chain to help in sewing it together later. This chain will serve as all three strands of your band. Tie off and fold the strand into thirds.


Step 2: Creating 3 bands
Squeeze the three pieces together at one end, and using the yarn tail, sew the 3 pieces of the band together. You will be using a yarn needle for this step. After the ends are tight and secure, tie off, and cut off any excess yarn. Repeat on the opposite side.



Step 3: Prep the Ribbons
Cut two 15 inch pieces of coordinating ribbon. To keep from fraying, slightly melt one side's edge using the stove top burner (if you do both sides, it makes it hard to attach to the band later). Repeat on the second piece of ribbon.


Step 4: Attaching the Ribbons
Taking your un-melted ribbon side, fold over a 1/8 inch seam and hotglue it down (or sew...whatever you prefer). This will create a finished look on your edge. Taking your crocheted band and wrap the ribbon width wise around the band and hot glue it down (once again, if you prefer to sew, be my guest...I'm just more of the "get it done quick" type). Repeat this process with the second ribbon. 

Step 5: Creating a finished and secure look
In order to create a finished look, cut two 2 inch pieces or ribbon. Fold over both ends, and create an 1/8 inch seam using my favorite tool...the hot glue gun. Next, fold the entire ribbon in half...hot dog style...and glue it in place. Last, wrap it around your already attached ribbon, gluing it down as you go, to create a "cap" look. This will also help to further secure the ribbon to your band. Repeat this process on the other side as well 

Part 2: The Flower!
**The following instructions are based on the assumption that you already know the basics of crocheting. If you are trying it for the first time, here is a good video to help you with the basics as you follow the tutorial. 

ch: Chain
sk st: Skip Stitch
sl st: Slip Stitch
sc: Single Crochet
hdc: Half Double Crochet
dc: Double Crochet

Step 1: Creating a Base
To start off, you will need to ch 4, and sl st into the first worked ch in order to create a small circle. 
Ch 2 (this will serve as your first dc), and then dc 11 times into the center of the small circle. Sl st to finish the base off. 

Step 2: Creating Flower Petal Base
Ch 5, sk st, and dc into the next stitch. This will create a loop to crochet your petals onto. Ch 3, sk st, and dc into the next stitch. Continue until you have a total 5 loops and 3 chains. To end, sl st to the first worked chain.


Step 3: Creating the First Round of Petals
Into the first loop, complete the following stitches: 
sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sc 
This will create one petal. Repeat these stitches on the remaining 5 loops. 



Step 4: Creating a Second Round Base
Sl St down to the bottom circle, right between 2 of the dc (from step 2). ch 4, sk st, and dc into the next ch st. This will create a loop for your second round of petals. ch 2, sk st, dc into next ch st. Continue until you have a total of 5 loops and 2 chains. sl st into the first worked chain to create 6 loops total


Step 5: Creating Second Round Petals

Into the first loop, complete the following stitches: 
sc, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sc 
This will create one petal. Repeat these stitches on the remaining 5 loops. Tie off to finish. (Work the yarn tail into the flower using a yarn needle)



Step 6: Finishing it all off
Close up the flower's center using the yarn tail closest to the center. String on a yarn needle, and pull the yarn around the entire circumference of the opening. Pull tight to close. Tie off, and cut the remaining tail. 

At this point, you have two options, You can hot glue the flower onto an alligator clip so that you can take the flower on and off the headband. Your second option is to hot glue or sew the flower onto the headband (I chose this option, and it is pictured below). You can do whatever you fancy...


And there you go...you're done!! 

Now you can enjoy your hard work, and every time someone asks "Where did you get that cute headband" you can proudly say "I made it!"

57 comments:

Jackie said...

I can't do that. I know I can't. I hope I win a headband since I FOLLOW your blog!!!!

Linze Kate said...

Um - SOOOOOO cute! My mom said you're a rockstar. She would follow your blog if she had one... Haha!

Love you! See you in about a month!!!
*muah*

arhoglen said...

I made something like that ages ago with a snowflake instead of a flower. It turned out pretty cute, but it didn't want to sit right. Perhaps the glue gun is a better alternative to yarn-sewn.

Cami said...

Yeah, Glue Gun works great. Especially on crafts where you want things to sit perfectly, and not really move. I've switched to glue gun on all of my felt projects as well. It's quicker, and cleaner looking.

Avalon said...

EASY?! Are you kidding me? Man I'm an idiot! I need to live close to you so that you can show me how to do all this stuff and so you can make me laugh, like you do every time I read your blog!

Cami said...

Haha. Okay....Easy ENOUGH. Come on! I even put pictures! You could figure it out ;)

Crocheting is like riding a unicycle. You look stupid at first, but once you get it, you still look stupid.

Okay...maybe bad analogy. You could do it though!

nima said...

wow..that looks lovely...i need to try this soon...

tomiannie said...

That is so fun! I really want to try it. Thank you! (And I really love your unicycle metaphor...)

Jacob And Angie Ward said...

These are so cute I am going to have to make them for my girls. Thank you for the tutorial.

Cami said...

No problem!! I'm glad that you liked it!! Honestly, not too hard at all.

Angie - With a little girl head, you may want to try 125 stitches. Fold it in 3rds and try it on their head. See if there is room to tie the ribbon tight :)

Danielle said...

I love this! I found you through Ucreate!

MaJo_BV said...

thanks!
it's a beautiful headband!
Can't wait to try making it... hopefully I'll be able, hehehe

Jacob And Angie Ward said...

I just finished my first one and it turned out really cute. Your directions were very easy to follow and the pictures were helpful. Thank you!
-Angie

Cami said...

That is awesome Angie!!! I'm so glad it worked out for you!!!

Diane said...

I love it! :) Thanks for sharing! You make the flower look so easy, which I'm way excited for! I've been wondering how to do those for a long time now. I found you from Ucreate and am your newest follower! :)

Have a great day!
Diane
from blank pages...

Shae said...

this is so cute!! i found you through Ucreate...and i just started crocheting about a week and a half ago...and i'm addicted!! your directions were super great to follow, too! thanks!

Rachael said...

SOOO cute! I am a knitter, but I may have to learn to crochet to make this. Thanks so much for sharing :)

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for another great link to Thrilling Thursday :)

Sandy Ang said...

Your tutorial is so clear and has such an easy to follow style. And that adorable flower headband makes me want to learn to crochet.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a great tutorial and a wonderful headband.

Anonymous said...

I am bad in crochet...but your tutorial here makes it seem easy...I am going to try out.. Thank you for sharing this lovely flower...

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I really like how you added ribbons to the ends!

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AllieMakes! said...

What a great headband! You did a fabulous job making it and the tutorial is AWESOME!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
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Jennwith4 said...

Thank you! Just made one For my daughters friends bday party!

Divya N said...

I am just learning Crochet...so I will try the flower today...I hope it come out like this

Janee Lookerse said...

Hey Cami!

I made a headband like yours this weekend! I made a few slight changes to it, probably not noticeable...but if you wanna see it I posted a photo of it in my post today: http://yellowbirdyellowbeard.blogspot.com/2011/03/im-gettin-my-butt-kicked-over-here.html

Thanks again for sharing!
xoxo
Janee
yellowbirdyellowbeard.blogspot.com

Janee Lookerse said...

Oh! I also wanted to let you know I'm "following" you now and I can't wait to see what you make next!

xoxo
Janee

catherine said...

Love this headband :D

Thank you for the tutorial!!!

Anonymous said...

This is a very nice tutorial! I could also see this being made into a necklace, with or without the flower :)

Candibuzz said...

Love your bog! Found this for me and a friend to make for our women's retreat :) because there is a flower type theme. I love it because she is a beginner crocheter (is that even a word?!) and I'm a lazy crafty person too, ha! Sooo easy! Thanks for taking the time to share your talents and making it super funny too.

Candi

Amy said...

What a great tutorial. I posted my finished headband on my blog: http://littleoneroomschoolhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/hair-accessories.html

Carmen said...

Thanks so much for this pattern! I whipped one up while drinking my coffee this morning!

Melissa Hills said...

Just made two for my girls. Instead of attaching ribbon to the chains, I attached a hairtie to the back for ease of putting on their heads. Thanks for an easy tutorial!

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Pikkis said...

Hello. I love the design! I just wanted to ask if you have ever had the flower(s) fall off or if the hot glue was enough to hold them on. I am making one as a gift and am worried about the flowers one day falling off. Thanks!

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