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DIY: Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband from a Handkerchief
That title was a mouthful!:-)

Rabbit-ears have infiltrated the fashion fray since Marc Jacobs threw them down the Louis Vuitton runway for Autumn/Winter 2009-2010. Though the black lace version has been donned and DIY'ed in numerous reincarnations since then, the scarf headband (with a little wire inside to hold its shape) is the grown-up version of this enduring trend. Take a favorite cotton handkerchief and make your own in a few simple steps right at home, and hop on outta there in style.

Prep: Iron handkerchief flat.

Posted by carlyjcais from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See carlyjcais's 60 projects »
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  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cutting the Fabric

    Measure a 2.75"-wide strip down the diagonal of your handkerchief. Both of the corner points need to be in the center of that 2.75" width. Cut the diagonal strip out.

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fashion one more strip of a similar size and shape, using the two remaining corner points and a rectangle of the leftover fabric.

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 3
    Step 3

    Allow about a 3/8" overlap between the pieces.

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 4
    Step 4

    Sew the rectangle to each end of the strip you cut in Step 2).

  • Step 5

    Press open the seams. Now you have two long strips of 2.75"-wide fabric, each with pointed ends.

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sewing

    Place right sides together and stitch around the edge, about 1/4" away from it. Pivot at each corner point and round the edges nearby. Leave a 1.5" - 2" gap in the middle of one of the long sides. (Sewing line marked in above photo by yellow dotted line.)

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 7
    Step 7

    Clip and trim the fabric close to your stitching - and clip the corners and curves.

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 8
    Step 8

    Turn inside out. Use a skewer to push the corners into points.

  • Step 9

    Iron to flatten

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 10
    Step 10

    Stitch around the edge, about 1/4" away, all the way around.

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 11
    Step 11

    Round the ends instead of following the shape of the point (see above photo). This will create a channel for your wire to go into.

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 12
    Step 12

    Adding the Wire & Finishing

    Use the pliers to fold the end of the wire under so it isn't so sharp.

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 13
    Step 13

    Feed the wire into the channel you just made, all the way around the piece.

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 14
    Step 14

    It takes a lot of pushing and pulling the fabric, but with persistence you'll eventually be able to feed the wire all the way around, and feed in enough so that the fabric is taut between the wires.

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 15
    Step 15

    Cut the wire with about 2" to spare,

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 16
    Step 16

    and weave the ends around each other.

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 17
    Step 17

    Tuck the wire ends into the fabric, and hand-sew the gap closed.

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 18
    Step 18

    You're done!

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 19
    Step 19

    Here's a demonstration on how to wear it:

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 20
    Step 20

    Try this to tute to re-use an old handkerchief you may have hidden in the recesses of your closet - or even an heirloom piece that you don't use anymore! You could use scraps of fabric, a scarf, or even purchase a bandana from a vintage store or elsewhere (even Jo-Ann Fabrics carries them!. It's pretty fun and simple to Do It Yourself!

  • How to make an ear / horn. Wired Scarf Rabbit Ears Headband - Step 21
    Step 21

    xoxox
    Carly

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Kirie S.
Kirie S.
I think I'll make a black version of this, looks great :3
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Lauren Vy
Lauren Vy · 1 project
oh mi goodness thank you soooo much xDDD ive been looking for how to do this for months Happy)) hehe thankyou!!!
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