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DIY project: Flapper headband

diy project, sewing tutorial, 1920s flapper costume

PHOTO CREDIT: Spinney Photography and Studio VaVaVoom. Posted with permission.

This Flapper Headband is a very easy and fast diy project. I made mine for a costume that I needed to perform on a show in New Years Eve. One of the nice things about it is that you can also use it as a regular headband.

diy project, sewing tutorial, 1920s flapper costume



Materials

  1. Scissors
  2. Lace ribbon
  3. See-through ribbon
  4. Thin black ribbon (not pictured)
  5. Sewing needle and pins (not pictured)
  6. Thread in contrasting color
  7. Thread that matches the lace
  8. A flat piece of elastic (about 5 inches)
  9. Gold thread (optional)
  10. Silver and black sequins
  11. Tube beads in silver and black
  12. Round beads in silver and black
diy project, sewing tutorial, 1920s flapper costume

DIY project: flapper headband

1. Measure your head around the temples. Now you need to do some math: subtract 3 or 4 inches from the total measurement. Then, cut a 3 or 4 inch of flat black elastic and set aside, you will need it later. With the remaining measurements, cut a piece of black lace and sea-through ribbon. Make sure to add an extra inch for seams in each case.

For example, my head measures 21 inches, since I used a 3-inch elastic on the back. And that leaves 18 inches for the lace and the ribbon. But because I took seam allowance into account, I cut a 19 inch strip of each the lace and the ribbon.

2. Now, overlay the black lace, the black ribbon, and the sea-through ribbon to create some dimension and an interesting pattern. As you can see in the picture, I used the black lace as the base. Then, I overlay-ed the sea-through ribbon on top of the black lace, making sure the lace peeks above the ribbon.

3. Pin in place, secure with thread in a contrasting color using a running stitch, and remove all pins. After that, place the thin black ribbon on top and pin in place. Using a running stitch, secure with thread in a contrasting color and remove all pins. Last, using black thread (or whatever color matches your ribbon), sew the whole strip and fold in about 1/2 inch on each end to avoid fraying.

diy project, sewing tutorial, 1920s flapper costume

Beads and sequins

1. You are now ready to decorate the hairband. For this diy project I created a zig zag pattern using the round beads and the tube beads.

I created some contrast by placing a silver bead on each end of the black tube beads, and a black round bead on each end of the silver tube beads.

Then, I combined the silver sequins with the black round beads, and the black sequins with the silver round beads. Finally, I placed them in the spaces between the zigzags.

2. Last, sew the elastic to each end of the band, and you are done!

diy project, sewing tutorial, 1920s flapper costume
diy project, sewing tutorial, 1920s flapper costume
diy project, sewing tutorial, 1920s flapper costume
diy project, sewing tutorial, 1920s flapper costume

If you want to go for a more authentic 1920’s look, clip a hair flower or a brooch to the headband, like I did for my costume. This will also help keep the band from sliding up or down.

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