Headband Holders

Headband Holders - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I just LOVE headbands!!  I love them for me AND my baby girl.  There is only one problem with headbands… they are hard to organize! 

I made two coordinating headband holders, one with storage inside!  I feel so much better about my headband fetish now that they have a home! 

I used Bubble Gum and Jet Black Essential Dots Fabric.  Black Satin/Grosgrain Combo Ribbon, and Buttons from my Black and White Haberdashery button collection.  I put A Black Peony Blossom on top of one of the headband holders and I love it!

Supplies for Headband Holder # 1

Oatmeal Cylinder
Glue Gun
9 1/2″x 16″ Piece of Batting ( I used high loft)
15″x19″ piece of Fabric
Satin/Grosgrain Combo Ribbon
Peony Blossom

For this Headband holder I left the oatmeal in the cylinder and the lid sealed.  This gives it weight so it doesn’t tip over.

oatmeal cylinder

Here is my oatmeal cylinder getting excited to transform into something so useful and awesome!

glue batting to cylinder

I took my batting and hot glued it to the cylinder. 

prepare fabric

I folded the bottom edge and one side of the fabric over.  I used hot glue to secure them down.  You could sew them down too,  I just didn’t feel it was necessary this time. 🙂

hot glue the fabric over the batting

I hot glued the fabric over the batting.  The bottom of the cylinder is not covered with fabric or batting so it will stand up right.

fold and glue down the extra fabric

In the picture above I have started to fold and glue down the extra fabric to the top of the cylinder.  Don’t worry if your folds are not perfect.  It will be covered with a beautiful peony.

cover seam with ribbon

There will be a seam where the fabric meets.  I decided to cover it with ribbon.  You don’t have to, but I love the Satin/Grosgrain ribbon and I want to use it any chance I get!  I glued my ribbon to the inside edge of the bottom of the cylinder.  (Shown above).

cover seam with ribbon

 I continued gluing the ribbon over the seam.  Then I glued it to the center of the top.  (Remember the top won’t be seen).

prepare the peony

Before you can glue the peony to the top you have to take it apart, cut off the stem and glue it together.

prepare the peony

 In the picture above you can see I am just gluing around the center and putting it back together layer by layer.

Headband Holders - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I glued some Haberdashery Buttons on the ribbon to add character and glued the peony to the top. 

 Headband Holders - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now it’s ready for headbands!Headband Holders - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Would you like to know more about these headbands?  If so, leave me a comment on which one you like and want to learn how to make.

Supplies for Headband Holder #2

Oatmeal cylinder
Fabric Mod Podge
Sponge Paint Brush
Hot Glue Gun
9 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ piece of Fabric (to wrap around the cylinder)
1/4 Yard of Fabric (for your fabric circle flower)

oatmeal cylinder

For my second headband holder I started with another oatmeal cylinder.  I made sure to get all the oatmeal out so I could have storage space on the inside. 

Using Fabric Mod Podge

I put Fabric Mod Podge along the bottom edge.  (Shown above).  Then I put the bottom edge of my fabric over the glue. 

Using Fabric Mod Podge

 I continued putting Fabric Mod Podge all over the cylinder and putting the fabric over it.

Optional Step

After I had Glued the fabric onto the cylinder with Fabric Mod Podge I slathered another layer of  Fabric Mod Podge over the top.  This step is optional.  It makes the fabric look shiny. If you don’t want the shiny look don’t put the Mod Podge over the top.  The fabric will be secured to the cylinder from the Mod Podge underneath.

cut circles for the top

While the Mod Podge was drying I used the oatmeal lid to trace a circle to cover the lid.  I glued the circle to the lid then cut 10 more circles (each one smaller than the last).  I rolled each circle in my hand to wrinkle it a bit and fray the edges.  Then I glued all the circles to the center of the lid. I put a Haberdashery button in the center of the flower.

Headband Holders - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Headband Holders - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}The Mod podge seals the fabric so that it won’t fray and the seams are not noticeable.  Because of this I decided not to add any ribbon or buttons. 

After it is dry (it will take a few hours) it is ready for headbands as well!

Headband Holders - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Not only can you put headbands around this one, but on the inside too!

Headband Holders - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Organization is very exciting!!

 Headband Holders - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I made these headband holders to go in my baby girl’s room, but I will for sure be making one to go in my bathroom!

I know my daughter has a few bows. LOL that’s not even all of them!  Thank heaven for cute ways to organize them all!

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  1. Posted July 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea! I have a hairbow pile for 3 girls and this is just what we need. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Connie W
    Posted July 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    I love the frame with the hair bows attached. Did you staple the ribbon to the inside of the frame? Such a great idea!!

    • Cherie
      Posted July 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

      I actually just hot glued the ribbon to the inside of a 16×20″ frame. So easy!

  3. Connie W
    Posted July 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, I’ll have to give that a try!

  4. Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    This is such a great idea! I just bought tons of ribbon at the Offray factory outlet and think I may try doing this but with ribbon instead of fabric.
    Could you please point me in the right direction for how to make the first, fourth and fifth headbands?

  5. Rica
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Great ideas! I will have to make these! Will you post the direction on how to make the bow frame holder? Thanks!

  6. Nancy
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I LOVE it! I’ve seen a few ways to organize clippies but I’ve always wondered what to do with headbands! This is perfect! Thank you 🙂

  7. Nancy
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I have to go buy some oatmeal! LOL

  8. Audra
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    I want to know how to do the braided headbands! Your holders look great!

  9. Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    I love them both- especially the last one…that can be filled w/ many more headbands.

  10. Macy
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I love the brown polka-dot headband! Could you do a tutorial on the flower?

  11. Misty
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I made a bow holder just like yours…I love it! I’ve been wondering how to organize headbands. This is perfect! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Brittany
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    So cute! I have all my girl’s bows in a clear over the door shoe organizer. It’s not as cute as that but it works great.

  13. Posted July 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I would love to learn how to make that woven ribbon headband, the teal & white one. So cool!!!

    • Cherie
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      Okay girls! It looks like a lot of you are interested in the Woven Headbands. You can buy the instructions for them at The Ribbon Retreat Website under Instructions. Or click on this link.
      For the brown polka dot headband I used Fabric Mod Podge (which is also available at The Ribbon Retreat) to glue the fabric to the head band I will show you how to do this one sometime in the future so stay tuned!

  14. StarryTaurie
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    I love this idea… now to finsh the oatmeal so I can make one LOL!

    • Cherie
      Posted July 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

      I couldn’t wait! LOL I put mine in a zip lock bag. 🙂

  15. Claudia
    Posted July 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Wow! So very cute. I can’t wait to make every thing I saw 🙂

  16. Carrie-Louise
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Love this now i have somewhere to store the headbands i am making from the free instruction love ribbon retreat.

  17. doray
    Posted July 13, 2011 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    I have a bunch of friends who have been asking me to make these holders!! But I was a bit frightened of the project when reading other tuts. This one is absolutely perfect for me! Thank you!

  18. Sabrina
    Posted July 14, 2011 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Super cute idea! Can’t wait to try it!

  19. Mae
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    OK I really love this idea! I will have to make some of these for my daughter! (And the bow board, is that made out of a photo frame? If so I have the perfect one to use I just got the other day!)

    • Cherie
      Posted July 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

      Yes, the bow board is a 16″x20″ frame with solid grosgrain ribbon glued to the back. I hope you make one and put lots of bows on it! 🙂

  20. Heather
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    I would like to get directions for headband two and three. I just can’t wrap my head around covering a thick headband. Also love to see a picture of the headband board.

  21. Cherie
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    I will get working on a tutorial for headbands two and three!

  22. doray
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    i made this using a coffee can and guess what? all my headbands slide right off of it! exactly what size can can you use that works?

    • Cherie
      Posted July 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      Shoot Doray! I’ve only ever tried an oetmeal cylinder. They are 16″ around. If you can find something else that is about that size it should work. Don’t give up! 🙂

  23. Posted July 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    I like the oatmeal container idea! They are very cute. Unfortunately, I have three daughters and we have so many headbands that this did not work for us. My husband invented a new type of holder earlier this year, and all three of my daughters are using one. You can check them out at:

    Feel free to leave a comment… we love feedback! My daughters have each decorated their own with puffy stickers (and their names) and they look super cute – and super easy!

  24. Posted July 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Oh… I forgot to mention; we also have hung ribbon on the back side that comes down and my daughters clip their bows to it… works really well, and helps add a nice touch to match a bedroom decor!

  25. Hannah-Rose
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I found very nice plastic containers at Dollar Tree. They are about 12″ high and the lid screws off, made in the USA, and they do not smell all plasticy inside. I love them b/c there are also built in handles on them that you can ‘feel’ through the fabric to hold onto them while unscrewing the lid. Hairbands fit great around them and you can fill them with all sorts of clips and bows. Can’t beat it for $1 and I don’t have to make my kids eat oatmeal everyday, lol! If someone tells me how to post a pic I’ll show you.

  26. Amy
    Posted August 25, 2011 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Absolute genius!!! Heading off to vaccum seal my oatmeal so I can empty my cans! Gonna make one for my daughter and one for my niece for Christmas. 🙂

  27. Cassandra
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! I was looking for one to buy but now I can save myself about $20 and I can make it whatever design I want!

  28. Keri
    Posted December 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    I would love some information on how to make several of your headbands. thanks

  29. Ruthie
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    OMG!!! Love, Love, Love this idea. So simple, why didn’t i think of this? lol Awesome, thanks for sharing!

  30. Tara
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    Wonderful instructions. Simply and easy

  31. Tracy P.
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    I love your project. The instructions are so easy to follow. I don’t have any children of my own, but have been a Baby Nurse for over 25 years, and am often visiting the babies as they are growing. I also bring presents for older siblings. I would love to make and bring this for them, and the great thing is I eat a lot of Oatmeal + am always making Oatmeal Cookies. This sounds like the perfect craft for me.
    I too would love the instruction for the woven headbands. Thank-You so much for your Blog (is that what this is called?)

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