July 12, 2010

Button Headband

Remember the button headband I featured from the link-up last week - we made some.  See, I really do add a lot of your projects onto my "to-craft" list - and I love when they're simple projects that I get done quickly.  You can find the full tutorial over at Little Miss Momma, so pop on over there.

I thought this was a great project to introduce my girls (and their cousin who was over for the afternoon) to hand-sewing and sewing on buttons, so I tweaked the tutorial a little.  First I used that flat elastic you purchase by-the-yard - it was about $.39 a yard, and I got 2 headbands and had some leftover from yard, so less than 20 cents a headband.  I'm not sure how much the stretch headbands you purchase run, but I thought this was a good deal.  But mainly I wanted the girls to work on something flat because I thought it'd be easier for them.  I cut 19 inches of elastic and overlapped it about 1/2 inch when I sewed it together. 

I had them choose all their buttons - I helped my 3 year old so her's is the all-pink pattern that I thought was cute.  The older girls picked color combos and patterns that I wouldn't have, but that's the fun of letting them craft themselves.
After they laid the buttons out in the order they wanted (11 inches long of buttons) I put glue on the button backs and the elastic, and they set the buttons.  This was an extra step from the original tutorial, but it really helped them during the sewing since the buttons held themselves on to the elastic.
Then we took a break and let the glue dry several hours.  I think they made the most of the wait with a Barbie movie of some sort.

Then they sewed the buttons on.  I showed them how to thread the needle and loop in and out of the button.  The 3 year old threaded one needle and that was about all.  My 5 year old sewed on about 6 buttons before handing it over to me, so I thought that was pretty good. 

After they attached all the buttons I overlapped the elastic ends and sewed them together.  Done and done.  They look really cute wearing them!
Now, coming up with more projects to keep these kids busy..... (this random snapshot on the right cracks me up - I can catch a glimpse of their teenage years when I look at it)


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

29 Fabulous Comments:

So fun and what a great first sewing lesson! They turned out simply adorable and their smiling faces display their pride...love the future teen shot too!

I can't wait until my daughter gets past the "ripping everything out of her hair stage" so I can make one! Stopping by from the Girl Creative Linkup.
-Mama E

Really cute and simple! My little one would love one of these-

Visiting from TTMM-

So freaking cute! They look adorable in them, and how fun for you to have them help! Great project :)

Those are so stinkin' cute!!

these are super cute! My 7 year old would love making one of these. She already has her own little sewing stash. Thanks for the idea and for linking to Messy Monday!!

Aww so cute!! I bet they loved making them. These look store-bought. I'm stopping over from Messy Monday.

If you can stop by and see me, I'd love it. Having my first giveaway for $40 csnstores.com gift card.



These are beautiful and looks very easy to make! I would really love to make that for my little angel. Thanks for sharing this. =)

I absolutely LOVE these! I'm going to make some for my lil sweetie!! Thanks for posting this! :)

Awwwwww, this makes me sooooo happy!!!!
And how cute these turned out!!!!
I love them!
thanks for sharing!


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Those are adorable!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

Oh how cool! I love this it's so cute and great way to ease in sewing lessons.

I was just thinking your girls might like to make these button bracelets. You can just tie the ends in a knot to simplify the tutorial a bit!


Happy Button Crafting!

This would be perfect for my daughter to handle. I will have to make one, or a few with her. TFS!

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Those are so adorable! Thanks for linking them up to Hoo's got talent!

I'm back to say, "Congratulations!" Your button headband made this week's Top 5 Hits at Singing With Birds. Come check it out and grab a blog button and thanks for sharing such a creative idea.


What a great idea to occupy little hands!They are adorable! I'm visiting with it's fun to craft, and I hope you visit me too. http://www.amaskellantics.com/

These are so adorable! How fun!

Visiting from CSI - love this idea!

I think as soon as a girl can safely hold a needle, she is old enough to learn to sew- what a perfect beginning project! They look great.

Super idea, I think I might package this as a stocking stuffer craft kit for my daughter!

My 6 year old will be so excited to make these. I think they are so cute.
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This is such a cute idea! Gotta pin this! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Just wanted to tell you that I pinned this on Pinterest this morning. Just looked at it! It already has 38 repins! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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