Wednesday, September 28, 2011

YoYo Headbands {Tutorial}

Look what I did!  I can’t tell you how proud of myself I am.  I know it’s super silly but these kinds of things are the things I usually see and tell myself it’s too complicated.  I’ll never be able to figure it out.  All talk, no walk. 

HA!  Look at me now!  Totally walkin’!


I’ve seen these yoyo headbands floating around the blogosphere recently and I decided it was high time I give it a go.  It was much easier than I had anticipated and only took me about an hour to make. 

I had initially planned on adding a lot of yoyo’s to the headband but I ended up having a few ‘helpers’ in the yoyo making process which slowed things down a bit and I was in a bit of a hurry.  So, while my headband only has three yoyo’s, if you decide to make one, feel free to add as many as you’d like. 

Are you ready to make one?  Oooh!  I’m so excited to show you how I did it…

Keep in mind, I am not saying this is the ‘right’ way or that there is no other way to do it.  This is just my version of the yoyo headband. 

Ok, so first of all you’ll need supplies.  In addition to a needle, thread, scissors, and a hot glue gun, you’ll also need:


{fabric in a variety of coordinating patterns, buttons (or other embellishments), headbands, felt}

Trace circles onto the back of your fabric with a pen.  I used a variety of cups and jars for different sizes of circles.  I even tried a bowl but found that it made WAY too big of a yoyo.


Now cut your circles out.  Are ya with me so far?  Easy, right?


One circle at a time, take a threaded needle (color of thread doesn’t matter because it won’t be seen… knot the end of the thread) and sew in loose stiches close to the edge.  (I found that the larger the stitching, the more closed the hole will be at the end.  Smaller stitches make for a more open hole in the center.)


Once you’ve gone around the whole circle, hold the thread right next to the fabric with your left hand… {please ignore the fact that I have islands of nail polish that desperately needs to be removed.  I have no nail polish remover and it’s just no one of those things I think about when I’m at the store, okay?}

Now pull with the needle end of your thread with your right hand.  It will start to curl in on itself.  You want it to curl so the right side of the fabric is on the outside.


Pull until it closes.  Now stitch the opening closed and knot it so it won’t come undone.


Hot glue your embellishments on top. 


Cut a piece of felt slightly larger than you might need for your ‘layout’ of yoyos.


Hot glue the yoyo’s to your felt.



Trim excess felt with your scissors.


Hot glue the headband to the back of the felt.


Add one more strip of felt to glue to the headband.  This will keep your hair from getting caught in the tacky hot glue residue.  It also helps hold it all together.


TADA!!!!  We did it!! 

And here I am, modeling my new creation.


But despite how ravishing I looked in said creation, K was positive it would look even better on her.


Ok, so she wins… ;)

Now I’ve gotta make two more for my other two girly whirlies! 

Let me know what you think.

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Brittany said...

I love yo yo's! And this headband is so cute! I found you through Six Sisters. Thanks for the inspiration!

Emily said...

I love it! I have MANY of these yo-yos hanging around and I totally know what I'll be doing today!! Thanks for the inspiration! I found you through Six Sisters and I'm now your newest follower!

Kei said...

Cute headband! I love the selection of colours and patterns you've used.

Emily said...

Cute! I love the fabrics you chose too. If my daughter will ever keep anything on her head for more than two minutes I'll definitely have to give these a try. Thanks for sharing!

Jaymie said...

Very cute! My kids will adore these. Thanks so much for sharing!

Seaweed & Raine said...

It looks fab! I should get my act together and make some - you make it look totally easy. They have been on my "To Do" list for far too long! :)
Thanks for the tutorial. :)

Ayana said...

How very talented you are. I am always so happy to see a new model of headband! Thanks for sharing!

sara said...

SO pretty!! Would love it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

linsay said...

i absolutelly love these! having 5 kids also and 3 of them being girls also (lol) it's not exactly possible to spend money all all kinds of "cool" things for them. i started making my girls headbands a while back but recently started looking into cuter looking things. i love these yoyo headbands! and thank you for being so thorough on the tutorial!

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