I have had several requests for woven headband instructions, so here they are! This is an easy project that makes a great addition to a birthday gift. I usually get my supplies from The ribbon retreat (online). The ribbon I use for woven headbands is 3/8″ thick.
Here are the supplies you will need. lighter, scissors, 1/2″ or 1 ” headbands, 4 strands of ribbon (3 ft of each color for 1/2 “), glue (I like Fabri-Tac the best), and alligator clips.
I used Green, blue, red and yellow. I realize this is not a beautiful color combination :) I just grabbed different colors so you could see a distinct pattern. I cut each ribbon to 3 feet in length since I am using a 1/2 ” headband.
Glue the ends of two ribbons together, overlapping slightly.
Next, glue the two strands together in an X pattern as shown. I use an alligator clip to hold it while it dries. The two colors on the left will be the inside diamond pattern (green and blue) and yellow and red will be the outside of the headband.
Glue the ribbon to the back side of the headband. Again, the green and blue will be the inside pattern and the yellow and red will on the outside of the headband.
Now, it is time to wrap the headband. Take the yellow and fold it over the headband to the left hand side. Take the green and fold it on top of the yellow to the right side with the red. This will give you a yellow and blue on the left and a green and red on the right. Wrap the green behind the headband back to the left hand side. Take the red and wrap it on top of the headband, over the green, to the left. You will now have all four on the left. Watch the video, it takes some practice, but soon it will become very easy and fast.
Once you get to the end of the headband, these instructions will show you how to finish the ends.
You can do many different colors and designs. Here is an example of two different headband patterns using the same colors. For the striped pattern, I used polka-dot pink, and solid white as my inside diamond pattern (those two colors were on the left when I started) and the same thing on the right to create a striped look For the diamond pattern I used two polka-dot-pink ribbons on the left and two white on the right.
Here is an example with a 1″ headband. Again, I started with the polka-dot and white on the left, and green and pink on the right.
Here are some ideas of different colors and designs.