DIY Baby Headband: Saint Patrick’s Day Shamrock Edition

Well, this was a fun experiment! After that post last week all about cute Saint Patrick’s Day crafts from Pinterest, I wanted to try making one, and I wondered: would it be possible to make a baby headband loosely based on that last shamrock ribbon pin? To reduce the suspense, I’ll skip ahead to a preview of how the whole thing turned out:

Lillian wearing the finished headband.

I’d like to think it looks pretty passable for a first attempt, and it was inexpensive and surprisingly easy to make. For the method, I originally found this interesting eHow article on how to make nylon baby headbands from repurposed tights or pantyhose, and it seemed like a good starting point. After making a general game plan, it was time to pick up some supplies.

Some of the ingredients needed for the headband.

A detailed supply list is as follows, including prices where possible:

  • Nylon Stocking (white) – The lightweight and inexpensive kind that comes in one of those clear plastic gumball bubbles — this one was found for $.33 at Wal-Mart. (Unlike the eHow article, this was only a knee-high, but it turned out to be exactly the right length.)
  • 1″ Metallic Stretch Elastic (green) – The kind pictured above was $2.97 for a four-foot roll, but any kind of green lace or trim could probably be substituted in. (Although it might be harder if it isn’t stretchy.)
  • Green Ribbon – We already some of this on hand from Christmas, but I think it would have been about two dollars.
  • A small green button – I don’t think it’s possible to buy just one of these, so I was forced to pick up an entire package of buttons for $.97.
  • Other basic supplies: Scissors, needle & thread.

The first step was to sew the ends of the nylon stocking together to form a loop. Before I go any further, I should probably make a confession: I don’t know how to sew. Not by any stretch. If I had to write a step-by-step guide to sewing, it would go something like this:

  1. Thread needle
  2. Stab needle haphazardly through fabric
  3. Tie random knots to keep everything from unraveling

So this is what it looked like after using the stabbing method to transform the nylon tube into a headband-esque form:

Nylon stocking as seen normally (left) and after being sewn into a loop (right).

It turned out a bit lumpy at the section where the two ends meet, but I think that becomes less visible once the green trim goes over it, and more so if it’s positioned in the back of the headband. (This sort of thing could probably be prevented by sewing a proper seam and/or doing the other fancy mysterious things that sewing people do.)

There aren’t any in-progress images of attaching the trim or making the little green shamrocky bow, but those parts were fairly straightforward — it just took some stabbing and knot-tying every inch or so to attach the trim, and there’s a good tutorial here on how to loop the ribbon into a shamrock shape. Instead of a pin, I just used the button in the center of the shamrock, and the end result was as follows:

A closeup of the headband (side view).

Other notes and ideas for improvement:

  • Make the base out of green nylon instead of white, and the trim might not even be necessary.
  • See what it would look like with multiple shamrock ribbons instead of one.
  • Make a larger shamrock, sort of like one of these headbands that seem to be pretty popular. (I admittedly tried making it with a larger shamrock ribbon at first, but it didn’t seem to be working out.)

And finally, I’m happy to be finishing this up by the self-imposed deadline of Wednesday that I mentioned in the inspiration post! I may update this post later with links to some of the other crafty DIY projects submitted for the “Pinterest Challenge.”


  1. Sarah, it’s awesome! And the secret of learning how to sew: just jump in! And you’ve done that, so you’re on your way. I think you’ll be a natural because you’re already thinking of how you could vary the design!

    Of course it helps to have adorable Lily to model your creations!

    • Aww, thanks! :) I really did have fun with it, and just diving in sounds like great advice — I’ll have to keep an eye open for other little projects like this to experiment with!

  2. It looks great! And next time you visit, I can show you basic handsewing, it’s actually fairly easy. I even have handouts, left over from teaching the elementary “costuming guild” as part of the Drama Club last year.

  3. Oh, that’s just adorable!!!! You did a wonderful job! Paw-Paw, Amy, and I love it! Paw-Paw especially loved seeing Lily’s beautiful blue eyes! She looks like a beautiful Irish lassie!!! Amy says, “She is so cute and love the headband!” Love you all!

  4. I agree with Julie about the pix of Lily; either she is a natural model, or you are one patient photographer! First shot looks like she is admiring her bow, and second one is as demure a head turn for others to admire it as I have ever seen. Love the shots, love her, and love you all!

  5. Aww, thanks! And as for the photos, part of it is that she’s just so darn cute and smiley most of the time, although patience plays into it too — for every shot that turns out well, there were probably about five outtakes where she was looking the other way or blinked or whatever. The joys and challenges of photographing a baby. :)

  6. Sarah, that headband is almost as adorable as Lillian!!! ^_^ I think you did a fantastic job! And even for people who hand-sew a lot, nylons are still not an easy fabric to work with… too stretchy! Can’t wait to see what’s next!!! Lillian is just too precious!!!! :D

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