Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Faux Leather Crafts: Star Headband Tutorial

Today's vegan leather craft project? Making a star headband from gorgeous metallic leather!

vegan leather star headband tutorial
Add lots of stars to make a super star crown, or just add a couple of stars for a bit of subtle glamour. I think this headband would also be fab made from glitter felt.

This tutorial originally appeared on the Village Haberdashery's blog and was created using synthetic leather and other craft supplies from their shop.

vegan leather star headband tutorial

You will need:

- The star templates (follow the link to view and download the PDF)
- Some synthetic leather
- Coordinating felt (I used black to match the headband) 
- A plastic headband
- Craft glue
- Sewing scissors
- An air-erasable fabric marker pen or an ordinary felt tip pen
- A glue gun and glue
- A heatproof mat for the glue gun
- Newspaper or scrap paper to protect your workspace

To make the headband: 

Use the templates provided to cut out as many stars as you want – I cut one large star and four small stars. Trace the star shapes onto the back of the leather using a pen then cut them out with sewing scissors.

vegan leather star headband tutorial: cutting out the stars

Cut pieces of felt slightly bigger than each star. Turn the stars over and place them on some newspaper or scrap paper. One by one, cover the back of each star with a layer of craft glue and then firmly press a piece of felt on top covering the star completely. Turn the felt and attached stars over and set them aside to dry.

vegan leather star headband tutorial: add the felt backing

Once the glue has completely dried cut away the excess felt, leaving stars which are leather on one side and felt on the other.

vegan leather star headband tutorial: glue the stars together

Use a glue gun to stick the stars to a headband. Add a line of glue down the centre of one of the stars, on the felt side. Carefully press the star into position on the headband, holding it in place until the glue has dried enough to stick it firmly. Repeat to add the rest of the stars

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

vegan leather star headband tutorial
vegan leather star headband tutorial
vegan leather star headband tutorial

Want to make more fun things from faux leather? Try my tutorials for making a lightning bolt brooch, a mini covered notebook, and a geometric necklace.

This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to make as many headbands as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial / share my templates on your site. Thanks!

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