I attended a baby shower for brand new Lauren S. The room was filled with doting relatives, young mothers, and several women in my category: friends who have raised families and are now entering the grandmother scene. I sat next to two beautiful, young, capable, and very hip moms, Sara and Kim. While everyone ooohed and ahhhhed at the incredibly cute gifts Lauren was receiving, I also had a fun time chatting with Sara and Kim.
I gave baby Lauren a Sunday-style dress. Not very original but it has become my signature baby gift. I have seen a lot of newborns getting a slew of play clothes so I decided that I would go more formal and be a benefactor of frilly, dressy dresses especially if the baby being honored is not the first in their family (Lauren is child #3; girl #2).
Sara however made her gifts. One was a fabulous nursing cover-up thing (my poor generation had to settle for a measly blanket to cover things up, requiring us to be banished to another room in order to secure our modesty and thereby missing out on everything). Her other gift was a ruffled dress made using a white onesie for the bodice and recycled t-shirts in gray, black, and white for the skirt. It was accented with a pleated waistband and a rosette, all made from a white t-shirt. Totally adorable. After complimenting Sara on her workmanship, Kim happened to mention that she made the equally cute headband that her baby daughter was wearing at the shower. I was so impressed with the talent of both these ladies that I proceeded to stop watching the unwrapping of the rest of the gifts and instead quizzed both Kim and Sara with 20 questions on how they came up with their lovely creations. After all, the best compliment you can ever give is to duplicate.
It is going to take me awhile to put together Sara’s baby dress. So for now, here is my tutorial for the baby headband that Kim was so gracious to share her how-to’s with me.
1 pair children’s tights*
****I got these items at the Dollar store, plenty of equipment to make several headbands
Single side bias tape
Hot glue gun
Take one leg of the tights and measure 3 inches.
Cut with a rotary cutter to form a continuous
It looks small but don’t be deceived. The
circle stretches to fit an adult head. Trust me.
Cut a 1 inch piece of bias tape and wrap around the circle, pinching the tights so that the bias tape forms a tight loop. Glue the ends of loop to secure it around the tights.
Cut an artificial flower from its’ stem and peel off the green plastic backing on the flower. The flower may want to separate. Simply glue layers
together in the center of the flower. Squeeze
a fair amount of hot glue on to back of flower
and attach to clip while it is in the open position.
This is to insure that the clip isn’t glued shut. When the glue dries, open the clip and check to make sure the flower is secure. It may want to come up on the ends due to the curvature of the clip. Simply dab more hot glue to keep it in place.
When flower is secure on the clip, open clip again and insert through loop on headband and snap shut. You now have an adorable baby headband with a removable flower clip. Make additional flower clips that can be interchanged for a new look using the same headband.
This project is so easy to make and takes so little time. I made all of these in about an hour.
Doesn’t this headband make the cutest accessory for a young granddaughter’s Easter dress or the perfect addition for any baby outfit with a shower gift? Happy crafting.