Birdsong Bows: Free Instructions: How to sew a jacquard ribbon headband

Monday, March 4, 2013

Free Instructions: How to sew a jacquard ribbon headband

I love jacquard ribbon - the complex textures are beautiful, and it feels wonderful to work with! But it doesn't act like common grosgrain or satin ribbon, so I was often at a loss about what to make with this fantastic type of trim. Of course it can be used as trim for clothing and other accessories, but I wanted to make some projects that would allow the jacquard to stand on its own! This is the first in an occasional series of tutorials about how to use jacquard ribbon.
We're making a 1 1/2-inch wide jacquard headband. You'll need:
* 1 yard of 2-inch wide (or 1 7/8" as mine was) jacquard ribbon
* Scrap of matching cotton fabric that can be cut to the same size as your ribbon
* A 1-inch-wide plastic headband
* Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
* Iron
* Tube turner or safety pin
1. Start by cutting your beautiful jacquard ribbon to a length 2 inches longer than your headband (photos below). I bought this pretty Amy Butler print from the Renaissance Ribbons retail site.

2. Cut your cotton fabric to the same size as your jacquard ribbon.

3. Pin these right sides together. Sew just 1/8" from the edge around three sides. Leave one side open (you'll need to insert your headband)!

4. Turn your tube right side out using a tube turner. These can be purchased at any sewing store and they come in a pack with a variety of sizes. They're easy to use!

5. Using a warm iron (you'll melt your ribbon if your iron is too hot), press. The ribbon will tend to puff up, so press and pin the top to the bottom, making sure your bottom layer of cotton is completely hiding underneath. Topstitch just 1/8" from three edges, leaving the top open. Slide onto your plastic headband.

6. On the open edge of the headband, fold your fabric to the inside and carefully topstitch the opening shut. Enjoy your unique headband!

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Blogger Christine said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I can't wait to try one.

March 27, 2013 at 8:37 AM  

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