With the rush of Christmas, New Year’s Eve often gets brushed aside. What’s another party after a whole month of them, right? I’ll admit that I’m often guilty of thinking that – I tend to get so excited about the baking, sewing, gifting, etc. of the holidays that by the time December 31 rolls around, all I want is a slice of pie and a nap! What I forget, though, is that it can be one of the most exciting nights of the year. Everyone dresses up, sips on bubbly beverages and kisses each other at midnight. What could be more perfect?
In the spirit of my new-found appreciation for New Year’s Eve, I decided to make a pretty accessory ideal for any party ensemble. Headbands and crowns are some of my favorite “celebration” crafts—they’re so simple to make, but pack such a great punch!
- Piece of paper
- Ballpoint pen
- Sparkly gold fabric or ribbon (I used wide ribbon because I liked the texture)
- Thread in a corresponding color to the fabric
- Basic sewing needle
- Optional: fray check, if you’re using a fabric that’s prone to shedding. Make sure it won’t discolor the fabric, though—very sheer material like mine will become sticky and dull if it’s treated with fray check. Proceed with caution!
1. Draw three stars on the paper, one 1.5-inch wide, one 1.25-inch wide, and one .75 inch wide. You can also print these out from a template (or even use cookie cutters!) if you want more symmetrical stars. Cut the stars out.
2. Trace the star templates onto the fabric or ribbon. Trace one of the largest shape, and two of each of the smaller shapes. Cut the shapes out.
3. If you’re using fray check, dab a few drops around the edges of each of the stars and leave them to dry completely. Make sure the stars are resting on a surface that they can easily be removed from, like wax paper. Take it from someone who has learned the hard way: you don’t want pieces of paper stuck to the cloth!
4. Once the stars are dry, cut a couple of feet of thread and fold it in half, then thread the needle and tie a knot.
5. One at a time, place the fabric stars onto the headband. Put the largest star in the center, and arrange the other stars from largest to smallest on either side. Experiment with moving them around until you’re happy with the placement, then stitch them in place. I recommend using looping stitches that go around the whole headband—they’re the most secure while still giving a pretty, uniform look. Remember to tie a knot at the end of each row of stitches.
6. Once you’ve finished attaching all of the stars, trim any loose threads.
7. You’re finished! Now you have a one-of-a-kind headband to add some sparkle to your New Year’s Eve look.