Welcome back to Ginger Peachy!
It has been way too long since I last shared a Ginger Peachy pattern, something I have been desperately trying to remedy. I am so happy to be able to share with you this latest creation of mine, the Rosemary Floral Headband!
I was inspired by the 60’s fashion I talked about a few weeks ago in this post. Rosemary, one of the characters in the film Your’s, Mine, and Ours, wears a purple floral hairpiece during the wedding. (Read the post for a little more late 60’s fashion.)
I was also inspired by Sewrella’s Mouse Ears pattern, and took a few tips from her. When I had the idea for this, I was debating on how to attach them to the headband. I was thinking hot glue, but I wasn’t sure what other ideas were out there. When I saw Ashleigh use hot glue, I was like, “Hot glue it is!”
I’m sure you have heard it time and again, but I love a good challenge to recreate. And I love being inspired by life in times past. I hope you are as anxious to get the pattern for this easy, retro hairpiece as I am to give it!
Remember, I sell concise PDF versions of all Ginger Peachy patterns at Ginger Peachy Store on Etsy, and at my shop on Ravelry. I also sell the physical product on Etsy here. The PDF for this headband is available here!
Read on for the complete pattern and tutorial!
Skill Level easy
The finished size of this project depends upon the size of the headband
Light Weight Yarn – Anne Geddes Baby yarn in Lily, Posy, and Jam
Yardage: 10 yards of color A (white), 15 yards of color B (light purple), 5 yards of color C (dark purple)
Crochet Hook G (4.00mm)
Headband (I used Scunci’s The Most Comfortable Headband Ever since I heard they fit better than average headbands)
Flower measures 1 inch in diameter
To start make as many flowers as you think you will need. I bunched my flowers together tightly for a full headband, but you can spread them apart more for a looser looking piece. I started with about 12 light purple flowers and 5 dark purple. At this point I wasn’t sure how many I needed but I thought this would be a good starting off point. However, while attaching the flowers I ended up making at least 6 more. Here’s the pattern for the flower:
FLOWER (make 16 in light purple and 6 in dark purple)
Round 1: with color A, make an adjustable ring, ch 2, 5 dc in ring, changing colors on last dc to color B or C, sl st in first dc: 5 dc
Round 2: ch 1, (sc, 2 dc) in each dc around, sl st in first sc: 15 sts
Go ahead and weave in the ends of the second color, but make sure and leave long enough tails of white for sewing onto the headband later.
Take a moment to admire your pile of flowers. Ah, doesn’t the bunch of floral goodness just inspire you?! I love how fast these worked up. As the designer, however, I spent a long time trying to design the right kind of flower. At first, I started with a small, flat flower with only four petals. I was thinking lots of small flowers. But they were just too squished. No matter how many times I raised the hook size, I just didn’t feel like this design was really going to set off the yarn material.
At this point, I did like I always do: I pouted. Yeah, I do that too. What kind of flower did I really want?! Plus, the mound of plain light purple was uninspiring. So I went for help.
Me: Mom, I don’t know what to do. I don’t like them; they’re too squished. Plus their boring. Do you think they need more color, like a white base or a few scattered darker flowers? [I was very uncommitted]
Mom: [Patiently inspecting the handful of flowers I had thrown at her. Yes, I sometimes toss my project at her. Did I mention she was patient?] Yeah, I think a white base and a little more color would be good.
Me: [Dejectedly returning to the “white board”, rather my notebook, feeling very uninspired] Alright, I’ll try that. It can’t get any worse.
The result of that pouting session, during which the only bright spot was the intriguing walk of Tokyo we were watching from YouTube, I discovered the flower before you now. That is, only after a few minor adjustments.
I don’t know why, but when designing projects, I almost always meet with a luff at some point or another. But I usually perk up and everything turns out alright in the end.
Attaching Flowers to Headband
I started in the middle of the headband and worked my way down one side and then the other, leaving a remainder of 3 1/3″ of headband.
Notice! Remember when using hot glue to be very careful. Don’t underestimate how hot the glue can get. We have an old hot glue gun and it can get searing, believe me. I almost never come out of a project without a burn or two. So be sure to let the glue cool before continuing. Thankfully, it doesn’t take long.
First, sew the flower on. Using one white tail, sew around headband and into base of flower 3 times. Take the tail of the other and do the same on the other side. Tie a tight knot with the two ends and dab a glob of glue on the knot to secure it. When the glue has completely dried, trim the excess of the ends.
Attach the second flower in the same way.
When figuring out just where you want your flowers to go, remember not to put it too much lower than the side of the headband or the headband might not fit well. Also, sew the flower just to the side of where you want it and then slide it into place.
Continue adding flowers in this manner.
My intentions were to be very haphazard with the setting of each flower. I really didn’t want to create a pattern, contrary to my usual taste. However, this can be hard to avoid, so don’t worry if you do. No one will notice but you.
This is the first half done. It doesn’t look like a lot, honestly, but when you put it on, the flowers stop just before the end of the band disappears into your hair.
And that is it! You can just barely see the yarn that was wrapped around the headband, but even nicer, you can’t see much headband peaking through the yarn.
I was pretty confident that the flowers were there to stay, but I went ahead and daubed on a little more hot glue on the side that I had designated as the wrong side (this isn’t important to do, because you don’t see the glue when wearing the headband anyway). Hot glue is fast, but for a less bulky look in this step, I might consider next time using Dritz Fabric Glue.
Here is the finished headband beside my original sketch. Kind of a before and after picture, you might say.
My little sister, who by the way isn’t so little anymore, was kind enough to be my model. With her long, thick hair, and parted, long bangs I was able to achieve a pleasingly superb retro style. Kind of bordering on hippy, I would say.
This is really my favorite picture yet. Her expression is so genuine.
In her dark hair, the headband isn’t even noticeable. And the flowers sit just perfectly on top, not too close to the hair so as to get smooshed, nor too far above it as to look like Carmen Miranda.
And that does it for the Rosemary Floral Headband! This new hairpiece will look great with a summer dress!
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This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.