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  • How to Cover a Headband - DIY Plaid Headband Kit

How to Cover a Headband - DIY Plaid Headband Kit

At Genevieve Rose Atelier we love a classic headband, and we love being able to personalize a headband with interesting and beautiful fabric. Here you'll find a step-by-step guide for your Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Plaid Headband Kit. If you get bug for covering headbands like us, this method works for covering most headbands in just about any fabric!

If you have a DIY Kit
The fabric and lining cutting is already cut out for you. Your instructions begin further down. You will need your DIY Kit and a mug or something to stand the headband up on later. 

If you don't have a Kit you will need: 
12 inch square fabric, 3 x 15 inch piece microsuede, plastic headband, paper and pen, glue, 6 small binder clips, beads to decorate, a mug or something to stand the headband up on.  

Non-DIY Kit instructions begin here 
Trace around the plastic headband on the paper to make a template. 

Place the template on your fabric at a 45 degree angle from the straight sides (for the fabric fans out there, we're placing the template on the bias of the fabric which will help the fabric stretch into a nice smooth covering on the headband).

Trace around the template and then draw another line adding a half inch 'seam allowance' width all around the template. Taper this width down to quarter of an inch at each end of the template.

Mark the center of the template on the fabric. Mark the center on the underside of the headband.

Cut out the fabric on the outer line (template + 'seam allowance' or half/quarter inch)
DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier

DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier

DIY Kit instructions begin here!
Place the headband on the fabric matching up the headband with both the outline on the fabric and the center markings.
Without glue, fold under one side of the fabric at the center and secure with a binder clip. This will stop the unglued side moving too much while we work on the other side.
How to Cover a Headband in Fabric - Genevieve Rose Atelier
Squeeze a thin line of glue along the other long edge of the headband. It's easier to glue one side at a time. 
Fold the extra fabric under at the center and add a binder clip to hold it in place. 
 How to Cover a Headband in Fabric - Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier
Fold under one end of the fabric and add a binder clip to hold in place.
Be careful you don't pull the fabric too much or you won't have enough when you do the other side. Continue to use the headband outline on the fabric as a guide. 

 DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier
Gently fold under and smooth out the fabric between the center and end clips. Again don't pull too hard! Add a binder clip in the middle of this section.
Repeat for the other end of this side of the headband. 
 DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
You should end up with one side folded neatly under and held in place with 5 binder clips.You should have an even amount of fabric left over on the un-glued side, and ideally your headband outline will still be visible on the underside of the unglued side. 
You might need to periodically pat down the glued fabric until it dries. 
It works best if you now leave this side to dry before glueing on the other side. 

Repeat the glue and binder clip process on the second side. 
Leave to dry.
DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier
To neatly cover the ends of your headband, squeeze some glue into the little fabric pock at the end, and also on the underside tip of the headband. 
Fold the fabric flap to the underside of the headband pulling gently to smooth and tighten and add a binder clip to hold in place.
Repeat with the other end. 
Leave to dry.
DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
To add the lining
If you do not have a kit, trace your template on the back of the microsuede lining. Do not add any extra width, instead cut out your template a tiny bit smaller than the traced outline.
Mark the center on the underside of the lining.

Place your microsuede lining on the underside of the headband matching up the center markings. 
Place a binder clip on either side at the center to hold the lining in place.
Peel back and hold one half of the lining. 
DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Cover the underside of the headband in a thin amount of glue, from the center to the end, extending almost to the side edges. 
Slowly and carefully lower the lining onto the glue, starting from the center and smoothing flat against the headband as you go.
DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Repeat with the other side remembering to move the binder clips to add glue under them.
Give one more gentle smooth the the whole lining and leave to dry. 
DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier Congratulations! You now have a covered headband. DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
If you would like to add beads to your headband, first lean it on a mug or something similar to keep it still and horizontal as you work.
To prevent the beads from sliding around before the glue is dry, add them to just the top horizontal section, allow to dry and then rotate the headband and add to the next section. 
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If you enjoyed this headband project check out our other DIY beret and headband kits, and don't forget to share your headband style @genevieveroseatelier

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    Genevieve Foddy