Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Headband Tutorial and Bitsy Bands GIVEAWAY!!!

Did you read my Bitsy Bands post?
A shop that makes it possible for me to make these headbands in every color!

This is one of my favorite hand made gifts to give.
Not only are these fast and easy, they also turn out so darling!
Everyone loves tiny headbands, (or even adult sized ones).

What you will need:
glue gun & glue sticks
embellishments! (feathers, boa, ribbon, flowers...)

Step 1:

Plug in your glue gun, and measure out your elastic.
You can buy any color and any size from the Bitsy Bands Shop.
I am using 1/8 inch pink elastic in this tutorial.

You can use this measurement guide
from Bitsy Bands!

Newborn (13 1/4")
3-6 Months (14 1/2")
6-12 Months (16")
12 Months-Teen (17 1/2")
Adult (18")

Be sure not to stretch your elastic as you measure it.  
I find that it works best if you lay it flat against your measuring tape or ruler.

I will be making a make a newborn headband!

Step 2 (optional):
You may want to seal the edges on your elastic.  You can do this with any open flame handy!
Just gently inch the elastic close to an open flame until you see the frayed edges singe inward.
WARNING: If you get it too close it will catch on fire.
If you are afraid of fire, Bitsy Bands has pre-made headbands, heat sealed and all!

Can you tell which is sealed below?

Step 3:
Get your embellishments and felt backing ready.
I like to make my felt backing close to the same width as my flower/ribbon embellishment.
I cut a square, and then measure it against my cute embellishment.
Then just cut it into a circle!

Step 4:
Glue on your elastic.
I glued onto my flower first, 
but you can glue onto your felt first and then add your embellishment.

Make sure it overlaps about 1/4 inch.

Step 5:
Attach your felt backing!

Step 6: 
Oogle at your cute creation!

I don't have a tiny one right now, 
but you can imagine how cute it would be on a baby's head.

Get creative!  Add buttons, sparkles, ribbon, fluff!

Do you want to make one now?
Do you have someone in mind you could make some for?
Do you have your supplies?

Bitsy Bands is sponsoring a GIVEAWAY
25 yards of 1/8 inch elastic
You choose the colors!

You can enter this giveaway by:
1) Leaving a comment on this post (1 entry)
2) "Heart" the Bitsy Bands shop on Etsy (2 entry)
3) "Liking" our Facebook Page or Twitter page if you haven't already done so (2 entries)
4) Share this tutorial on Facebook (2 entries)
5) Posting this give-away on your own blog! (3 entries)

That is a total of 10 entries!

Winner will be announced Monday February 7th!
Good Luck to you!



  1. Thanks for the tutuorial on making the headbands! I really want to make some of these!

  2. I hearted bitsy band on etsy! entry 1

  3. I hearted bitsy band on etsy -entry2

  4. Leisa, you are so creative! I could never make those look as cute as you do! Luckily, Colby can't wear I still have a while to learn! lol

  5. This is so pretty! I love that elastic! so many colors!

  6. I am blogging about your giveaway on

  7. These are so cute!
    I would love to win and start making some for my little girl!

  8. "Hearted" Bitsy Bands on Etsy- Brayladesigns

  9. "Hearted" Bitsy Bands on Etsy- Brayladesigns

  10. follow you on Twitter- @tally2525

  11. follow you on Twitter- @tally2525

  12. I would LOVE winning this giveaway! I get so tired of running to the craft store to buy elastic and button covers!
    It's one of those things you use a ton but don't realize it until you are out of it!

  13. Posted giveaway on my blog:
    entry #1

  14. Posted giveaway on my blog:
    entry #2

  15. Posted giveaway on my blog:
    entry #3

  16. Those are so cute. I know a little baby head you can model them on. Although, they would have to be really small.

  17. How cute! And so easy too. thanks for the tute.

  18. Thanks for the great tutorial! <3

  19. Love this! Looks so easy! Thank you!

  20. Love this and want to try! Please please please choose me i'm having a girl next month and want her to have a bitsy band for every outfit!

  21. I just had a baby girl and have been wanting to make cute headbands thanks for making it easy it's very helpful

  22. I would LOVE to win this give away. My name is Riley Curry. I have a 5 month old daughter and am just starting out with Photography so I would love to be able to make my own headbands. :) My personal e-mail is I will like your etsy and blog about you!

  23. So far I have 5 entries! Just need to blog about it and share on facebook!

  24. @Riley Curry:

    I am so sorry that this contest is over! We actually held it about a year ago. But please keep checking back as we do many giveaways. :)

  25. You make it look so easy. Thank you!

  26. I've been wanting to try this!

  27. I liked you on facebook...:)

  28. I would LOVE to win! I have baby girl #3 on the way!! And a sister :)

  29. Would lve to make baby headbands!

  30. Sah-weet!!!!! Thank you for this tutorial.

  31. Thank you for the elastic tutorial!, I was looking for this! Love bitsy bands!

  32. I like you on facebook. Sorry, I don't have a twitter account. :-)

  33. thank you for this! so easy :) cant wait to try it on my little girl!

  34. Those are wonderful. I have my first grandchild now for two weeks and Grammy is gonna make some of these for her little girlfriend lol

  35. Thanks for sharing!! I have seen tons of different ways to do this but this is by far the simplest!