Summer is coming, and you know what that means – warm weather, weddings, and parties! You know, I always liked the idea of an afternoon beach wedding; the simplicity and freedom of attire appeal to me. Picture a simple tea length gown, and this little handmade gem of a hairband to keep the wind from messing with your ‘do.
You can make several of these super quick. Silhouette’s Leatherette Sheets are the perfect material to use to make them. And the secret to the flowers?
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- Silhouette CAMEO®, Curio, or the Portrait
- Leatherette Sheets (cream)
- “Flower Border” (ID #39011)
- Needle and Thread
- Silhouette Clear Rhinestones
- Rhinestone Heat Tool
- Safety Pins
- Hot Glue Gun
Step One: Cut Your Pieces
You can get two of these hairbands per sheet of Leatherette. To start, open the Flower Border (ID #39011), resize it to 9 in. Height using the Scale tool. Right click on the border and Duplicate it to make two.
Next, draw a 10 in. x 0.125 in. strip. Duplicate this as well, so you have a total of 14 pieces. Open the Cut Tool, adjust the settings and your blade to cut the Leatherette Sheets, and send the project to your Silhouette machine.
Step Two: Braid Your Strips
Take four safety pins and pin together four sets of three strips each. Braid each of these all the way to the end. Here’s a tip for you: Pin the strips to the leg of your pants for stability and speedy braiding! Once you’ve gotten to the end of the braid, fold the loose end over to create a loop and stitch to secure. This will allow us to make the hairbands adjustable later.
Remove the safety pin from two braids and stitch them together. What you should end up with is a long braid with two looped ends. Center the flower border in the middle and use the glue gun to attach it to the braid. You only need to add a dab of glue under each flower – that way the glue stays hidden from sight.
Step Three: Add Rhinestones
Any type of direct contact heat tool (usually an iron) will adhere these rhinestones. But because of the finish on the leatherette, I would recommend a rhinestone heat tool like the one shown above to make sure you don’t damage the material. 20ss Rhinestones fit perfectly on these flower centers.
Step Four: Add Adjustment Band
To make your hairband adjustable, grab one of your leftover strips and string it through the two looped ends of the braids. Overlap the ends as shown, and tie them securely to each other (but not too tightly, they need to be able to slide).
All done! To make the hairband smaller, pull the free ends on the knots. To loosen again, gently pull on the loop itself. Pretty nice, huh? This is the same way I make adjustable bracelets and choker necklaces. Which, by the way, is something else the leatherette sheets are fabulous for 😉