it’s easy as hop, skip, and jump to turn textile waste into cute bunny headbands

Looking to add a touch of charm to your accessories while also reducing textile waste? Dive into the delightful world of creating bunny ear headbands. With just a few materials, some creativity, and a bit of crafting magic, you can transform textile scraps into adorable accessories. No need for complicated tools.

What you need for your headbands

  • Main fabric – 20cm x 40cm
  • Contrast fabric – 5cm x 30cm (optional)
  • Double-sided fusing – 5cm x 30cm (optional)
  • Plastic headband form (1-1.5cm wide is ideal)
  • 45cm florist’s wire or thin malleable wire
making bunny ear headbands with textile waste
bunny ear headband materials needed

Prepare fabric the bunny ear headbands

Main fabric

  • One rectangle 3.5cm x 40cm (covers headband)

**This is for a 1.2cm headband with a slight dome & 0.5cm seam allowance.

  • Cut 1 pair of ears

Contrast fabric (optional)

  • Fuse double-sided fusing to fabric
  • Cut 1 inner ear

**Find the middle of both outer & inner ear. Lay inner ear on top of outer ear and press in place

applique inner ear
sew length ear

Machine sewing

  • To prevent inner ear fabric from fraying applique your inner ear edges with a small dense zigzag stitch.
  • Lay the right sides together and sew around the edge with a 0.5cm seam allowance. Ensure you leave a 5cm gap to turn right side out.
  • Fold the headband fabric in half so the right sides are together and sew the length with a 0.5cm seam allowance.
cut corners of bunny ears
add wire coil to ear

Bring it all together to finish off your bunny ear headband

  • Turn the tube inside out. This can be fiddly and there are a few methods you can use.
  • Trim the seam allows point of the ears off and turn the ears inside out making sure the points are crisp and sharp
  • Give the ears a nice press
  • At each end of your wire, coil the ends like you’re creating a snail. Keep coiling until the wire is the same length as your ears.
  • Thread the wire into the ears. You will need to bend it to get it in and then manipulate it straight again once it’s inside.
  • Slip your tube over your headband. Keep the seam in the centre of the underside and hand-stitch one end closed.
  • To ensure the cover is firm; starting at the closed end, gently work the fabric up over the headband.
  • Trim off excess fabric so there is 0.5cm seam allowance, tuck in and hand-stitch closed
  • Hand-sew the opening in the ears closed.
  • Tie your bunny ears to the headband and position them as desired.
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