60 x 45cm (235/8 x 17 ") stretch velvet
(ours was from www.textileplaza.co.uk)
30cm (117/ 8") grosgrain ribbon, 2.5cm (1") wide
Plain headband, 4cm (15/ 8”) wide
Glue gun Pins Lighter Bulldog clips
Matching sewing thread
01 Cut three 60 x 15cm (235/8 x 6") strips of velvet. Fold each strip in half along the length with right sides (RS) together, then pin and sew the long raw edges using a 1cm ( 3/8") seam allowance. Leave the short edges open.
02 Press open the seam allowance on each of the strips, then turn through to the RS – a knitting needle or similar can come in handy for this. Place the three strips on top of each other, then secure at one short end with the bulldog clip. Plait together, starting by taking the left strip over the top of the middle strip, then the right strip over the middle strip. Repeat along the whole length of the fabric strips.
03 Hand-sew the three strips together at each end to secure the plait in place, then pin each end of the plait onto the plain headband. To achieve a fuller looking plait, carefully pull out each section slightly.
04 Use the glue gun to apply glue across the top of the headband, then press the fabric plait onto the headband, keeping it central. 05 Once the glue has dried, fold the sides at each end of the plait to the inside of the headband and sew in place.
06 Cut two 15cm (6") lengths of grosgrain ribbon, then use the lighter to gently burn each end of the ribbon lengths for about a second – this will prevent fraying. Using the glue gun,
and starting on the inside of the headband, glue the ribbon onto the ends of the plait, leaving a slight overhang. Pull the ribbon tight to smooth it out, then neatly stitch the ends of the ribbon closed to finish.