One of my favorite accessories? A headband! Here in the Doll Mag household, we keep overflowing stashes of Vera Bradley and stretch headbands in our bathroom drawer, ready to be thrown on whenever we’re in need of a easy – and cute – hairstyle. It comes as no surprise then that one of my favorite sewing projects for dolls is (you guessed it!) a headband – I can whip one up in under an hour and add designs depending on the season or outfit. Yesterday afternoon I took some photos of my latest project; a headband for my Hearts for Hearts doll Lauryce, decorated with spring-y florals. I was quite pleased with the results, and hope you are too! If you choose to craft your own, the instructions below have headband measurements for both AG and H4H dolls.
- 1/8 inch thick elastic cord (you can easily use something a bit thicker if that’s what you have on hand!)
- Fabric scissors/scissors
- Needle & thread or a sewing machine
- Pencil (not pictured)
- Cut a piece of fabric into a rectangle using the fabric scissors. If you’re making this for a Hearts for Hearts doll, you’ll want it to be 2×8 inches large, while American Girls need a 3×9 inch piece of fabric.
- Hem the edges of the fabric using the sewing machine/needle and thread. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
- Paint your floral design onto the fabric! Feel free to get creative – we dipped the eraser of a pencil in paint to make the petals of our flowers and added details with the brush. (Be sure to keep your work area clean by pouring the paints onto a paper plate and having a piece of cardboard or plain paper underneath your fabric as you work.)
- While you’re waiting for your painted floral masterpiece to completely dry, cut a piece of elastic cord 3 inches long.
- Fold the short edges of the fabric around the elastic cord and sew them together. We recommend sticking to the hand sewn (needle and thread) method for this step, as the thickness of the elastic and fabric together can cause trouble for your sewing machine’s needle.
- All done!
Have an amazing rest of your week,