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DIY: Gossip Girl-Style Headband from Men's Shirt Collar
I made a pull-on tunic/dress from a men's shirt a couple months ago...and I still wanted to use up more of the shirt fabric, rather than let all the scraps go to waste.

So, here's the tutorial on making a Gossip Girl Blair Waldorf-style headband!

Posted by carlyjcais from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See carlyjcais's 60 projects »
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  • How to make a bow headband. Gossip Girl Style Headband - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut the Pieces
    1) Cut the collar off the shirt. Cut each end off the collar (app. 4" from bound point), so you now have 3 pieces total.

  • How to make a bow headband. Gossip Girl Style Headband - Step 2
    Step 2

    2) Using scissors (or a seam ripper), open the topstitched seam from the cut edges of your collar pieces, along the side about 3/8". This is to allow the tucking under of the fabric so we can create a perfectly-bound and topstitched bow, rather than a bow with one raw-edged, messy side.

  • Step 3

    3) Cut a long, thin strip of fabric from some part of your shirt that is wide enough to go all the way around the thickness of your headband PLUS 3/4". The strip must be single-layered, non-interfaced, and the length of your headband PLUS 1" at least. This will be the covering for your headband. (see above photo from Step 1)

  • Step 4

    4) Cut a small rectangular piece from your shirt fabric (single-layered, non-interfaced), about 1.25" wide by 3" long. This will be the center to your bow. (see above photo from Step 1)

  • Step 5

    Topstitch the Collar Pieces

    5) Fold the bottom fabric layer of one of your collar pieces to the inside - curling interfacing in on itself about 1/4" ~ 3/8". Stitch along edge (spreading top layer of fabric away from the needle as you sew) to secure your fold.

  • How to make a bow headband. Gossip Girl Style Headband - Step 6
    Step 6

    6) Fold under top layer of fabric about 1/4" ~ 3/8". (Don't forget to tuck under the side edges that we opened up in Step 2)!) Topstitch all the way around to secure the edges. (We will be leaving one raw edge that will be concealed in the bow center.)

  • Step 7

    7) Repeat for remaining collar pointed piece.

  • How to make a bow headband. Gossip Girl Style Headband - Step 8
    Step 8

    8) Using the same method, finish the bottom raw edge of the collar center piece.

  • How to make a bow headband. Gossip Girl Style Headband - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sew Fabric Ractangles

    9) Turn under about 1/4" on long edges of small rectangle of fabric. Sew along long edges. This will be for the center of the bow.

  • How to make a bow headband. Gossip Girl Style Headband - Step 10
    Step 10

    10) Sew along long edge of long strip of fabric. Turn right side out to create a long tube. This will be to cover the headband.

  • How to make a bow headband. Gossip Girl Style Headband - Step 11
    Step 11

    Create Double-Bow

    11) Flip one pointed collar piece over, and overlap it on the other piece about 3/8". Hand-stitch in place.

  • How to make a bow headband. Gossip Girl Style Headband - Step 12
    Step 12

    12) Loop collar center piece over on itself, matching raw edges, and stitch in place directly above the loop you just made in the previous step. Stitch a few times through all layers in the center to secure.

  • How to make a bow headband. Gossip Girl Style Headband - Step 13
    Step 13

    Cover Headband

    13) Slip headband into tube you made in Step 10). Fold ends over about 1/2", and stitch ends in place to close the tube. (I used fabric glue to secure the ends first, since the lightweight fabric was fraying for me.)

  • How to make a bow headband. Gossip Girl Style Headband - Step 14
    Step 14

    Attach Bow to Headband

    14) Using the small fabric rectangle from Step 9), stitch one end to center of bow on the underside. Wrap around top of bow and secure under headband. Stitch a few times in the center on the underside in order to squeeze the strip tight and shape your bow properly; but not too tight since we still want the bow to be slideable along the headband.

  • How to make a bow headband. Gossip Girl Style Headband - Step 15
    Step 15

    Voila! A menswear-inspired Gossip Girl Headband! (Though now they're in college I guess they're not wearing headbands anymore....ah well. Never too late, I say!) [I guess I'm proof of that in my ripe old age LOL!]

  • How to make a bow headband. Gossip Girl Style Headband - Step 16
    Step 16

    Happy DIY'ing!

    xoxox
    Carly

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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Thank you Ashley Marie! It was fun to make - def. try it out!
xoxo
Carly
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Ashley Marie
Ashley Marie · New York, New York, US · 4 projects
That is adorable! I will definitely have to try it!
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Sure Lovette'sz-xoxo! Have fun making it!Happy

xoxox
Carly
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Lovette'sz-xoxo
Lovette'sz-xoxo · 15 projects
ii LOOVE GG!
thanks a bunchh Happy
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