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Creating a 1920s gold braid headband

Updated: Oct 3, 2020

I needed a gold headband to match my new 1920s dress so I decided to raid my scrap ribbon bag instead of buying something new. I made the base out of a piece of tan colored, grosgrain ribbon that I cut to 14 and 1/2 in long. I turned the ends under twice and sewed the seams, leaving the top and bottom of each end open. This allowed me to thread hair pins through the ends to attach it to my hair. I really don't like headbands that look like a ribbon slapped on my forehead so I folded the ribbon down a quarter of an inch on either side of the center top to change the shape.

Next, I found three pieces of gold braid. I used two matching pieces for the top and bottom and a different type of braid for the middle. I sewed the top and bottom braid first, placing the center top point above the ribbon. I didn't mind that you could see my forehead between the ribbon and braids because it gave the illusion of wearing a filigree crown. Next, I pinned the center braid in different formations until I found one that I liked. I decided on two serpentine intersecting lines with a fire motif in the center. Last but not least, I added star and flat gold sequins at each conjunction so the whole thing would sparkle.

Now, I'm already to don my glad rags and cut a rug! I hope you liked my 1920s headband tutorial and I hope that you are inspired to create your own custom creation. Thanks for reading, happy sewing and see you on the dance floor.

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