Every year, I say I’m just going to make one, maybe two new things for Mardi Gras for my little ones to wear. And, as the big day draws closer, I find myself surrounded by glitter and sequins, in a furious attempt to make everything purple, green and gold, to make just one more thing. It’s a season for excess; why not excessive crafting?
Today I’m going to share how to make a sequin Mardi Gras headband. This tutorial is so quick and easy, that you could theoretically do it while waiting for a parade, assuming you have a glue gun out on the route (what? You don’t travel with a glue gun?).
You will need:
Stretch sequin trim
Needle and thread
Hot glue gun
Two different colors of ribbon
Make the headband to your desired head size. There are any number of guides online on what size to make a headband based on head size. I generally just measure the trim around the child’s head (or my own) with a little bit of overlap and cut it. This headband I’m making today is sized for a child 1-6 years and is 15 inches long. After you cut it, sequins are going to start falling off, so, take your hot glue gun, run a small line of hot glue along the cut edge and fold over to the bottom, to seal it off.
Take your two ends of the trim, overlap and sew together. You can use a needle and thread, but, a sewing machine using a zig zag stitch also works. Once it’s sewn together, use a little hot glue to secure the ends.
To make the bow on the top of the headband, you’ll need two different lengths of ribbon, in two different colors. I chose glittery ribbon because you can never have too much sparkle for Mardi Gras. Decide which color you’d like on the bottom and cut a piece 11 inches long. For the top ribbon, cut a piece 10 long. Form a loop with each piece of ribbon, one about 4 inches long, and the other about 3 inches long. Secure each loop with hot glue, then glue the smaller loop onto the larger one. Hot glue the doubloon in the center.
Attach an alligator clip to the back of the bow. Be careful to put something in between the clip and the ribbon, so you don’t glue the clip shut! A piece of wax paper works really well for this. You could skip this step and either sew or glue the bow directly to the sequins, but, by using a clip, this gives you the option to make different things to go on your headband and switch them out – a different one for every parade!
Clip the bow to the headband and, you’re done! How easy was that? You or your little one will be perfectly festive and parade ready – now go have some king cake!
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