I've shared pictures of my beaded headbands before on the blog (here and here), but have wanted to wait until I finally had some listed on my Etsy site to go through what a long and arduous process it has been.
It all started as I was walking around Anthropologie last August. I fell in love with their beaded headbands, but I just couldn't bring myself to pay the hefty price tag and couldn't find any that were in the colors I wanted.
So I did what a lot of people do and said, "Hey! I can make that myself!" Things always seem so easy before you actually try to make it. My mom and I constantly laugh at ourselves when I try to "save money" by making something ourselves and then just end up spending more money or fail to actually recreate the product.
So here it is--the evolution of an idea.
Attempt #1: My first attempt turned out fairly well, but only if you were looking at it from a distance. Up close, you could see the patches of felt I had to glue over sections of the headband when I accidentally snipped the string around the edge of the band. It was an ok first try, but not something I would ever feel good about giving someone else.
Attempt #2: The headband above took weeks to create, so I figured there had to be an easier way. This time, I just wrapped embroidery thread around a base. It went a lot faster, but unsurprisingly, it started unraveling the minute I put it on.
|not very sturdy or pretty to look at|
Attempt #3: After the debacle with Attempt #2, I decided I would be ok if I just glued more often as I went. This headband turned out a bit sturdier, but the backside was a huge mess of glue spots and it did start unraveling over time.
Attempt #4: I was pretty proud of this headband at the time. Looking back on it now, though, the ribbon I used as the base puckered too much and didn't look very tailored. It still wasn't quite right.
Attempt #5: Finally, success! After settling on a base fabric, I still went through early versions of my final product. Luckily this was the perfect activity to be doing while watching Mad Men episodes on Netflix in the dead of winter.
I know we often don't want to share our failed attempts or the not so great pictures, but I think it's important to know that not everything works out the first time. Sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error. If it's something important to you, though, then it's worth it to keep going and figure out a way to create the vision you have in your mind. I'm not saying these headbands are perfect by any means, but I do love wearing them and feel good about the product I've created.
So I guess I wrote all of this to lead up to the announcement that I've been anxiously waiting to tell you--new hand beaded headbands are now listed in my shop! Check them out here!
What is something you've had to work on for a while to get a finished product you like? Any failed DIY attempts?