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June 17, 2013

Create Gatsby Style Headband

Thanks in part to Baz Luhrman's recently-released film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel, roaring '20s style is in vogue. No complaints here! (Except for the fact that I don't really have the figure for it.)

I decided it was definitely time to add a few sparkly accessories to my collection that evoke that gorgeous, glimmery era.

First up, a headband!

I started by making what would be an accent element for the headband using 22-gauge wire -- it's got enough body that it's not flimsy, but it's small enough to fit through most beads. I am a little bit of a magpie when it comes to beads; if it's sparkly, I can't resist buying it, even though I rarely have a plan for it! So I have a lot of options for projects like this. I selected an assortment of aurora bicones, pearls and clear seed beads.

I wanted to make a series of three loops for the top of the accent piece, so I started stringing beads onto my wire. I tested out a few patterns before settling on one that alternated bicones and pearls with seed beeds as separators.

Create Gatsby Style Headband

I finished each loop with a twist of my wire to keep everything in place.

Create Gatsby Style Headband

Once I had three loops, I set the extra wire at the end onto a base of a circle of sticky-backed felt.

Create Gatsby Style Headband

I applied a second circle on top, sandwiching my wire between the sticky surfaces.

Next, I used a needle and thread to create a three-strand fringe along the bottom of my felt base. Note: passing through the adhesive felt layers will get your needle sticky! I used a T-shirt scrap to wipe mine clean from time to time.

Create Gatsby Style Headband

Create Gatsby Style Headband

After the fringey bits were done, I used my wire once again to create a spiral of beads to cover the felt area of my accent piece. I started with a pearl bead slightly larger than my others, and kept adding beads and twisting them into a spiral until I had a circle big enough to cover my felt.

Create Gatsby Style Headband

I then stitched it carefully to the felt base.

Create Gatsby Style Headband

I wanted to make this piece to slide over a narrow headband, so I stitched two pieces of Jacquard Satin Stitches ribbon together along their edges (I ran the ends briefly over a candle flame to seal then first) to create a carrier channel to run my headband through.

I stitched my accent piece to the ribbon carrier, careful to only catch the edges of the ribbon and not close up my channel.

Create Gatsby Style Headband

Before sliding the ribbon over my headband, I had a little hot fix rhinestone party, using the design of the ribbon to guide the repeating placement of the crystals.

And voila! Ready to dance all night at a decadent party, or just dress up and everyday outfit.

Create Gatsby Style Headband

Create Gatsby Style Headband

If you want to put something Gatsby-esque together on the quick, here's an alternate project:

I started with a beaded appliqué, and cut two pieces of grosgrain ribbon to span the length of it.

Create Gatsby Style Headband

After singeing the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying, I stitched the two pieces together along each side, creating a carrier as I did with the previous project.

Once my carrier was stitched, I glued it to the back of the beaded appliqué, and I was done! Super quick.

Create Gatsby Style Headband

It slides right on the same narrow headband, and is ready to go.

Create Gatsby Style Headband

An alternate use for an appliqué with the ribbon carrier on the back: Run a length of ribbon through the carrier, and tie it to your wrist to wear as a cuff!

Create Gatsby Style Headband

Create Gatsby Style Headband

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