DIY Not? Spiked Leather Headband

Posted on June 7, 2017 by Molly Hannelly

Hello, my name is Molly, and I have never sewn before.

That's right, I work at a fabric company (Mood, if you didn't know), and I have no clue how to sew.

But, with a little help from our DIY blogger Courtney Norris, I assembled this cool, spiked headband, and I'm here to show you that you can too.

Fabrics & Materials:

Small Deep Mahogany Semi-Stretch Lamb Leather

Small Deep Mahogany Semi-Stretch Lamb Leather

0.625

0.625" Rose Gold Nickel Spike Stud

First things first, there are several items to measure. I started with my head, measuring the circumference of where the headband would be (22") and the area that I wanted the spikes (about 12").

Measuring my big head

Measuring my big head

Measuring where the spikes will go on my big head

Measuring where the spikes will go on my big head

Wonder clipped and ready to sew

Wonder clipped and ready to sew

If you're having issues keeping the fabric in its place, I recommend wonder clips (those red clippies in the picture above), not pins. Leather can't knit back together, so once you puncture it, that hole is there to stay.

Cut about 2" of elastic, and insert it into the ends of the strip, making it a circle. Top stitch each side several times, making sure the elastic is secure.

Elastic insertion

Elastic insertion

After this, lay out the leather and measure out the area you want the spikes. As I said, I wanted them spanning a 12" space, so I measured out one every 1.33 inches between those 12 inches. Mark each space with a fabric marker.

Use the awl to pierce through the layers of leather. While the awl is still inserted in the leather, use the seam ripper to make the hole a little bigger, breaking the fibers inside of the fabric.

Awl piercing the leather

Awl piercing the leather

Ripping some seams

Ripping some seams

Once the hole is big enough, put the screw into the hole, and twist the spike onto it. Repeat this with the rest of the spikes, making sure they're all facing the same way, or else you're screwed (I mean, you'd have to be an idiot to screw them on wrong).

And voila! You've got an easy and edgy new headband.

Now, I know what you're thinking. That sounded relatively simple for someone with no working knowledge on how to sew.

And you're right, which is why I've included this detailed list of how many times it actually took me to put this piece together.

You may be thinking "Why would this girl tell me any of this, I've completely lost faith in her ability to sew or make competent DIY posts."

I'll tell you why: because no one is perfect, and everyone has to start somewhere. I started here, at Mood, and so can you. I made mistakes, and so will you. That's okay, because now I have this really cool headband, and when people say "Wow, I love your headband!" I can respond "Yeah, I know, I made it."

I wonder what kind of mess I'll make next time.

 

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