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Published on September 23rd, 2010 | by Kilduff Kolleen


How-To: Recycled Ruffled Headband

Head band

If you pick up any fashion magazine or browse the racks of your favorite store, you will notice that ruffles are really “in” right now. But if you are like me and like the look but are low on funds I have a low budget solution…a ruffled headband.

To make this headband you can use any lightweight material that you have in your stash. I used an old chiffon skirt. But how about some organic cotton or vintage finds?

Recycled Ruffled Headband


Approximately a quarter yard of lightweight material  (chiffon, organza, cotton, etc)
Sewing needle and thread in appropriate color
Wide Headband
Hot glue gun
Straight pins
Piece of paper
Buttons (Optional)
Cut your fabric

1. Take the piece of paper and make a circle with a 2.5” diameter. Cut out this circle to use as a pattern and cut out 30 circles using the fabric of your choice.

Fold and sew

2. Thread needle with about a foot of thread, tie a knot at the end. Take a circle and fold it in half, then in half again and sew through the point of the folded circle.

3. Take the remaining circles and repeat step four until all the circles are used. Gather all the pieces together creating a ruffle.
Tie off

4. Tie off the open end and trim excess string. You should now have a good sized ruffle.

Hot glue to headband

5. Hot glue the ruffle piece to the headband. I prefer mine off centered so I started with one edge at the center top and glued the remaining down the side but you can put the ruffle anywhere on the headband depending on taste.

Attach optional buttons

6. For additional glam, hot glue buttons to the uncovered sides of the headband. This step is optional.


Enjoy your finished headband!

We’d love to see your take on this project. Please share your photos in the comments.

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About the Author

I’m a lifelong crafter with many different interests. My latest obsession is making accessories for women's hair and making flowers from a variety of recycled and repurposed materials. If it is shiny, feathery or sparkly I love it! I also carry around a pocket camera to take pictures of items, scenery, signs, or anything else that I find inspiring. I enjoy creating new things and sharing how to make my creations with others on my blog (http://designbynight.blogspot.com/).

5 Responses to How-To: Recycled Ruffled Headband

  1. led signs says:

    That’s useful !! thanks

  2. irishpoetry says:

    Absolutely brilliant idea. We need a lot more tips like this on the net. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  5. IVYL says:

    I love it! Its beautiful. Do you think this would work on an elastic headband that wraps all the way around your head?

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