As you may or may not be aware, despite my preaching DIY fashion left, right and centre, I'm actually colossally inept at customising and constructing my own bits and bobs, which means that roughly every couple of months I have to dispose of a bunch of useless rags that were previously quite nice charity shop finds which I *ahem* butchered.
However, I guess it's not the end of the world, as each time I learn from my mistakes and I usually have a few nice bits that I've managed to salvage and successfully prettify here and there. Sure, I'd love to make my own beautiful dresses and bonnets like the jaw-droppingly talented Opiate Vampire (click here for examples of her drool-worthy handmade goodness) - just give me another fifteen years to practise and I'll be well away. At least I'm trying; and hopefully I will learn and improve with time.
So, to cut a long story short(ish), my general DIY hopelessness is why you can count on all of my tutorials being extra-specially simple and easy, with minimal sewing, nothing complicated and twiddly, and no pattern-making whatsoever if I can help it. This one is particularly easy; no sewing, no fuss, and a result I'm quite pleased with.
You can tell in these photos that the ribbon and lace are not of the best quality; you may want to spend a little more than I did for finer fabrics and probably a better result.
This is quite a versatile tutorial - you could use the same layering technique to make belts, wristbands, probably even little thingies to tie around ponytails.
- A length of ribbon, about 1" wide, long enough to tie comfortably around your neck and your head (under your hair).
- Two or more strips of lace, also long enough to go around your neck and/or head.
- Ribbon in a contrasting colour, slightly shorter than the lace.
- Ribbon roses.
- Fabric glue.
2. Glue the contrasting-colour ribbon on top, so that it covers where you have glued the lace. Again, leave to dry.
3. Glue the ribbon roses onto the centre ribbon at evenly-spaced intervals or whatever pattern you so choose. Aaand... leave to dry.
That's it! Told you it was simple...