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DIY Pleated Headband Tutorial

Here's a sassy and sweet look for your little girl to dawn. A darling pleated look for a variety of occasions, go with a satin for a more finished and polished end result.

You’ll need:

scrap of fabric (mine was about 3″x11.5″)
scrap of interfacing (same size, ish)
elastic headband 
pearls or buttons if you want
scrap of matching felt
glue gun


First, cut your piece of fabric out..


Iron on your interfacing…(obviously mine wasn’t exact, it doesn’t need to be, just close enough)


Then, I serged (or you could zig zag stitch), each short end.


Folded it over, towards the wrong side of the fabric, and ironed it.


Then, I folded it in half lengthwise like so, (right sides together) and serged down the edge…making sure to keep the ironed edges tucked down.

Then I used a safety pin to turn it right side out and ironed it.
I then sewed pleats into the fabric by folding it under every inch or so, and sewed them down. Similar to this shirt. Only I pleated all one direction.

I also dabbed a little bit of fabric glue between the fabric on the short ends to keep them closed.


I then cut a piece of felt to fit, rounded the edges…


and, sandwiching the elastic between the felt and your pleated fabric, I glued it together like so.


Then I also glued on some flat backed pearl beads for some extra glamour!

tada! I think it turned out pretty cute.