I had this great idea for a headband that you would be able to pull our ribbon slides on and off of.
I knew it would be a bit tricky, because it would need to be able to open. I tested 1/4" elastic to see if two layers of it would pull through the slides. Nope, once the fabric is added it was too bulky.
I ran to the store to pick up some string elastic. I was so confident that it would work that I didn't test it at all. You can already see where this is going, can't you?! But don't worry, in the end it all works out and you can use all my hard learned lessons to make your own without any trouble!
To make the headband, you can use this simple pattern. It will be completely reversible with the button flipping to either side so that it doesn't press against your head either way.
The directions are on the pattern, but if you are a visual learner like myself, you may enjoy these pics.
(Cut out your fabric and sew it right sides together. Leave openings as indicated on pattern. Press.)
(Thread elastic through the opening on one end, knot and then hide knot inside headband.)
(Thread floss through the other end. After the headband is top-stitched, you will use the floss to tie on your button.)
Once you make your headband, you will find as I did, that the knot in the elastic cord is too fat to fit through the slide. UGH! Oh well, now I can run pretty stuff through the slides and then I'm just sure I'll figure out how to get them on the headband!
At first, I thought maybe I could add a tab around the headband and alligator clips to the slides I had made so that they could clip on and off the band.
I didn't like this because the pinch part of the clip stands away from the head 3/8" which bugs me and it makes one side of your bow fluffier which bugs me too. But it wasn't a loss because I think the tab is really cute as is. Also, it inspired me to make more tabs and glue them to the back of my slides.
Now they all slide on and off with ease. And when you consider that the headband is reversible, you get lots of options. (My model left me part way through my creative process, not being nearly as persistent as myself!)
If you want even more possibilities, make one tab out of the soft side of velcro. Then make some Gluber flowers and add a bit of the scratchy velcro to their backs. Oh yeah... one headband, tons of looks!!!