I attended a photo shoot recently and was inspired to make this headband after I saw a similar one in the stylist's stash of goodies! While hers was glittery gold and mine is iridescent (I also doubt that hers was fashioned from an old T-shirt sleeve), it's the Lady-liberty-inspired shape that's so compelling to me.
I mean, it's so bright and sunshine-filled (and a little
prehistoric?), and I have to admit, though I was begging for cool
temperatures back in the heat waves of July (and couldn't be happier
that nature has complied!), the shorter days are already threatening to
change my mood. I'm already missing the sun! This happy, shiny, pixie
headband brightens up the day wherever you are.
-T-shirt sleeve (or T-shirt scrap of equivalent size)
-Tulip Fashion Glitter transfer sheets
-Aleene's Fabric Fusion
-warm iron and pressing cloth-blank headband (preferably metal rather than plastic)
-Tulip Soft Fabric Paint in gold metallic (optional)
-toothpick (optional, to use as a paint applicator)
1. Cut out the underarm seam of the sleeve, and lay it flat, right
side up. Measure, mark, and cut two 1 1/4"-wide to 1 1/2"-wide strips
from the iron-on transfer sheets.
2. Sandwich the two strips together and cut out a series of
triangles from one edge (through both layers), leaving a zigzag that
runs the width of the strips.
3. Separate the strips and align them along the straight
edges, about 3/8" apart. Use a pressing cloth and iron the strips onto
4. Make parallel cuts through the fabric, separating each pair of triangles from the row of zigzags.
5. Determine how many rays of sunshine you'd like (I debated
between 5 and 6, and ultimately went with 6), and arrange them evenly
around the arc of the headband. Working one ray at a time, spread fabric
glue evenly along the inside of the headband, and wrap the flexible
fabric piece around the headband, lining up the triangles. Apply glue
evenly to the inside of the strip of fabric and press the triangles
together (the triangles should seal beyond their edges).
6. Finish gluing each ray, and let them dry flat. (Note: If
the fabric is pulling apart, use a clothespin or paperclip to pinch it
while it dries.)
7. When the glue is completely dry, trim the fabric to the edges of the triangles.
8. As an optional finishing touch, apply the metallic paint
carefully with a toothpick along the fabric edges of the rays. Let it
9. Try on the headband to spread a little sunshine both indoors and out!