When we were brainstorming projects for Zipper Week: Sponsored by Zipit Zippers, Jaime had this great idea for a dress-up headband for which you could interchange accessories in a zip. Since she was globe-trotting, I stole the idea and ran with it. It’s already a big hit around here, especially with this little girl…
Do little girls still wear veils for First Communion? I love that you can remove the veil and still have a fancy headband to wear about town. Not that we wouldn’t wear a floor-length veil about town, because we totally would.
Here’s what you do. Grab a pack of these 6 Inch Bubble Gum Pink 3mm Nylon Coil YKK Separating Zippers
And a pack of Babyville Boutique Fold Over Elastic Lavender/Pink.Cut a length of elastic that fits the child’s head. 20″ is a safe bet.
Take your separating zipper and tuck one long edge inside the fold over elastic. Note that my elastic seam is at the bottom. If I were to make another, I would have placed the seam just at the edge of the zipper tape instead.
Here you have the basic headband. Now let’s make something fancy to attach.
For the veil, I used silvery gray tulle, approx 1yd square. I rounded the bottom two corners and sewed sequin trim all the way around three sides. Check the Michael’s $1 bin for spools, they are so cheap and come in pretty colors.
Remove the side of the zipper that is not sewn to the headband and face it right-side-facing with the non-sequined edge of your veil. Gather the tulle to the length of the zipper using whatever method you prefer. I just quickly pinched it and pinned.
Your fancy veil is finished. Now if you would like, you can make a wig.
Wrap an entire ball of yarn around a large piece of cardboard, the desired length of wig. It doesn’t need to bend like this. : )
Flip the hair around to expose the edge of the ribbon and sew that securely to the edge of a second zipper. I used a red zipper because I had it handy but you should match all your zippers if you can. Oh, and also, use your zipper foot.
Now you have a veil and a wig, Let’s beautify the headband. I separated the petals from the plastic of silk flowers and sewed them directly to the headband with sequins spiraled in the center. Then I touched it up with hot glue to secure. So fast and easy. Feel free to get creative here. Buttons, fabric flowers, yo-yos, jewels. Go to town.
This was a really fun project to make. I had a hard time stopping myself from making more add-ons. I think we will be revisiting this projects with additional wigs, veils and headbands to interchange!