hospital headbands (aka, how to avoid post-surgical bedhead)

I must have a built-in "get ready for the hospital" sensor.  Last night I made a batch of headbands to bring along to the hospital in hopes of avoiding several bad hair days (just two weeks to go!).  I also made headbands when I was pregnant with Oscar, coincidentally two weeks before going into labor.  Maybe it is part of my nesting instinct?  :)

To give me a few options, I made three varieties of braided headbands using this tutorial by Rubyellen of Cakies (found on the Smile and Wave blog).   My favorite is the single gold braid made using ribbon, with the double braided fabric band coming in at a close second.  The black and white one is kind of "meh," but it will be serviceable.  Also, I am not so good at the self portraits.  It took me about 40 shots to get a decent angle on these three headbands.

While I was at it, I made two headbands for baby Ruby.  Just some simple satin flowers on very soft, stretchy elastic. 

Looking for a cute headband tutorial?  Check out this great one by my former bookclub comrade, Heidi, who recently showed how to make zipper rosettes on UCreate.  It is on my to-do list.

23 comments:

MrsJoseph said...

I love that first headband of yours! What size ribbon did you use?

Jill said...

3/16 inch ribbon. :)

BarbaraS said...

Oh, your headbands are darling! If I was "your" nurse (actually I'm the baby nurse), I'd beg you for one of those precious things for my grown girls.
But durn if I can understand how my moms can stand to wear a ponytail while sleeping in bed--just seems so uncomfortable.
I do carry a few hair doodles (elastics) in my pocket in case mama forgot to bring one. It's irritating to be trying to help a new mom breastfeed and her hair is hanging in between me and my view of the baby, or, worse, in the baby's face/mouth. eeeuw.

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

So cute! What a great idea...I wish I had some of these when I was in the hospital!

Brandon and Cody Roper said...

Awesome! How do you know how big around to make the baby headbands? And did you use satin ribbon, then just burn around the edges?

Jill said...

I am using the head circumference measurements from a baby sewing book. 0-3 months starts at 14 inches, and goes up about an inch per clothing size. I cut my elastic about an inch shorter than the head circumference so it will stretch, but not be uncomfortable.

Yes, I used wide satin ribbon for the flowers. I just cut a few different sized circles and burned around the edges. If you just melt it, the color won't change (like in the cream colored flower), or you can really singe it and turn it a darker color (like the silver flower).

Shirley Chicken Legs said...

You are too cute. Those are adorable!

Katrina {calikatrina.blogspot.com} said...

LOVE the headbands.

Just got back from vacation and HAD to check in here first to see what you had been crafting up while I was away. The rootbeer crate is also darling. :)

Jenny said...

I have been searching high and low for a skinny gold braided headband!! What kind of ribbon did you use? I can't tell from the pic but did you use the elastic around the back/bottom like the tutorial that you linked did? Cute stuff!
More: what kind of stretch elastic did you use for the baby headbands?

Cassidy said...

What kind of elastic did you use for the baby headbands (and where can you find that stuff)?

Jill said...

Jenny - I used a 3/16 inch martha stewart ribbon. It is kind of a pink/gold two tone weave. I used elastic around the back and wrapped the part where the braid and elastic meet with more ribbon to give it a nicer look (the extra ribbon is secured with hot glue).

I found the stretchy elastic for the baby headbands at my local fabric store (not a chain store) in the trim section. It is sold by the yard and thinner and softer than packaged elastic. Plus, it is a little shimmery on one side, which I like. So ... I would check out the trim section in your fabric store and see what they have.

Hope that helps!

Jennifer DeDonato said...

Those are wonderful...I like #3 the best! Super job.

Happy Dot Crafts said...

Very cute!!

Sophie said...

ohhhhhh it's so cute!! and a very good idea!!! i'm pregnant and i think i'll do some headbands for myself !!!!

Amy said...

Thanks for the post. I made some this morning and posted the pictures on my blog at http://mamahuang.blopspot.com . I guess my head is a little bigger because I had to use 20in instead of 16.

Felicia said...

Love them! How do they stay on? I am thinking of using hot glue on the back of the braid to give a little grip...

Anonymous said...

I am definately making a few of these, I am pregnant and expecting a girl AND will have a c-section. I assume your "post surgical" reference means a section. So sorry, they are miserable. I would do most anything to avoid them! My first seven were natural births but the eighth was an emergent and the incision type means it is sections from here on out. I have already has one repeat so this will be a third. Good luck! -Melissa in Colorado

christa said...

Thanks for posting this! I love them!

I linked to you on my blog here: http://christas-art.blogspot.com/2010/06/funny-story.html

baby hair bows said...

Super cute headbands! Congrats on not swelling in the face. I am actually due soon! I would also love to make some and bring it along in the hospital. Thanks for your wonderful creative ideas.

Kaitlin said...

Headbands are adorable! I especially love the ones for baby Ruby-they're precious.

Sandy Hanks said...

Very resourceful indeed. Those pearls are really cute. Keep up the good work!

Glamour and Grace said...

I have been looking everywhere for this type of elastic, but NO ONE in my area even knows what this elastic is. If you could possibly find out the name, it would be a huuuuuuuuuge help.
Thanks!

Also- my sisters and I used your tutorial for a fun sister night in the other night, tons of fun and we all love our headbands, thank you

Stevens Family said...

Looking around for ideas to make our coming soon baby girl some headbands. I love the one you made for Ruby with the simple satin flowers. That's just what I want. Could you point me in a direction where I can find a tutorial? I can't figure out how you get the edges darker than the flowers.