Baby Accessories Tutorial // Part 1

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We’re sharing some uber-cute baby accessories in a 2-part tutorial series!

Today we’re covering these darling little baby headbands by Danica Willig Designs. (Coming later this week… Baby bunny and bear hats. Stay tuned!) Pictured above: bow headband at far left, knot headband at far right. This tutorial will cover how to make both versions.

If it’s your first time working with knits on a sewing machine, Danica recommends using a ballpoint needle (“jersey” or “stretch” needles are comparable) and setting your machine to a narrow zigzag stitch or reinforced straight stitch (2½-3 mm length). Test on a piece of scrap fabric and lower your bobbin tension if adjustments are needed. Our friend Cheryl at SewCanDo also has some great tips here!

Continue for Danica’s instructions.

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o3Toddler and Baby Headband Tutorial

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
¼ yd of knit fabrics (fabrics photographed: Fox Trot, Secret Garden, Blooming Bouquet, Fresh Dew)
Coordinating Thread
Ruler
Marking Marker or Pen
Safety Pin
Measuring Tape

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

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NOTE: Be sure to cut the headband pieces on the crosswise grain, which has more stretch.

1. Measure your toddler/baby’s head circumference. Subtract 1½” from this measurement; this will be your length. The width of the headband will measure 3″. Cut headband piece at the calculated length x 3″.

2. Cut 3″ square.

3. Prepare the bow or knot for your headband.
FOR BOW: Cut 5½” x 8″ rectangle.
FOR KNOT: Cut two 3½” x 5½” rectangles, then cut off the 4 corners of each rectangle.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Fold headband piece in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam. Using a safety pin, turn headband piece right side out.

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2. Take the 3″ square and fold in half, right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam. Using a safety pin, turn right side out. This will the tube that is centered above the knot or bow.

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FOR BOW: Fold 5½” x 8″ rectangle in half length wise, right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam. Using a safety pin, turn bow piece right side out. Fold both short ends towards center overlapping by a ¼” (not pictured). Stitch in place.

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FOR KNOT: Sew knot pieces together with ¼” seam allowance around outer edge, leaving small opening at the bottom center. Turn knot piece right side out. Stitch opening closed.

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3. Take headband piece and overlap the raw edges by ¼”. Stitch in place.

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4. Place the knot (left) or bow (right) over the overlapped area on the headband. Scrunch and stitch in place.

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5. Take the 3″ tube and wrap it around the headband piece. Stitch the edges of the tube together at ¼”.

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6. Flip the 3″ loop so the seam allowance is facing inward. Pull the loop over the knot/bow and center.

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All done!

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Collections used: Knits, Fresh Dew Knits.

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One Response to Baby Accessories Tutorial // Part 1

  1. jen says:

    One of the best tutorials so far, I’ve been making some of my daughter’s hair accessories except the ones that I got from hairclippy.com for I just can resist them for they are so cute and non slip.

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