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Tutorial! Vegan leather star headband

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the third of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find all of the tutorials in the series here.

Vegan Leather Star Headband Tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

I’m so excited to share some ideas for using these awesome packs of synthetic leather. I love this stuff (especially the super-cool metallics – they’re so shiny!), it looks great and it’s really easy to cut and sew. There are loads of things you could use this fun faux leather for. Hair clips, bracelets or cuffs, patches, keyrings… you could even use your leftover scraps to add some interesting texture to cards or gift tags.

Today I’m sharing a tutorial for how to make a star headband! Show off the gorgeous metallic faux leather with a star headband! You can add lots of stars to make a super star crown, or just add a couple of stars for a bit of subtle glamour.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

To make the headband you will need:

* A synthetic leather kit
* A sewing needle
* Sewing scissors
* An air-erasable fabric marker pen or an ordinary felt tip pen
* The headband template sheet – click here to download and print the PDF
* A plastic headband
* Coordinating felt (I used black to match the headband)
* Craft glue
* A glue gun and glue
* A heatproof mat for the glue gun
* Newspaper or scrap paper to protect your workspace

To make the headband:

Use the templates provided to cut out as many stars as you want – I cut one large star and four small stars. Trace the star shapes onto the back of the leather using a pen then cut them out with sewing scissors.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Cut pieces of felt slightly bigger than each star. Turn the stars over and place them on some newspaper or scrap paper. One by one, cover the back of each star with a layer of craft glue and then firmly press a piece of felt on top covering the star completely. Turn the felt and attached stars over and set them aside to dry.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Once the glue has completely dried cut away the excess felt, leaving stars which are leather on one side and felt on the other.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Use a glue gun to stick the stars to a headband. Add a line of glue down the centre of one of the stars, on the felt side. Carefully press the star into position on the headband, holding it in place until the glue has dried enough to stick it firmly. Repeat to add the rest of the stars.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

A huge thank you to September Pictures for taking photos for this post (tutorial photos taken by Laura herself) and to Sophia for her excellent modelling!

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New at The Village Haberdashery: Dapper Wovens, Les Fleurs pre-sale, Meadow from The Fibre Company and more!

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Dapper Wovens by Luke Haynes

Dapper Wovens is a collection of extremely soft yarn-dyed woven fabrics designed by textile artist Luke Haynes for Moda. The fabrics are inspired by the reclaimed textiles Luke uses in his one of a kind pieces. You can follow his unusual and exciting work on Instagram at @entropies. These fabrics are luxuriously soft and the checks are 1/2″ wide. Just right for quilting and dressmaking!

Dapper Wovens Check is in the Mail by Luke Haynes for Moda

We also have Dapper Wovens charm packs, fluffy 5″ stacks of all of the gorgeous fabrics in this collection. They will make the softest and most amazing quilts! Find Dapper Wovens on the bolt here and the charm packs here.

Dapper Woven charm packs by Luke Haynes for Moda

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co. pre-sale

All of the fabrics in the Les Fleurs collection by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel have been revealed at last! We have opened up a full pre-sale so you can now pick and choose any fabrics you want from the collection – all the of quilting cotton, cotton/linen canvas, cotton lawn and rayon! We expect this collection to arrive in the shop in July/August. You can shop the complete collection here and shop bundles here.

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel

Meadow from The Fibre Company

Meadow from The Fibre Company is a perfect combination of four luxurious fibres. The merino and baby llama provide softness and bounce, the silk sheen and drape, and the linen a crisp hand and lovely stitch definition. Slightly heavier than a typical lace weight yarn, Meadow works well on a wide variety of needle sizes. Patterns, project ideas and inspiration for knitting with Meadow can be found on The Fibre CompanyRavelry and Pinterest! Find Meadow in the shop here.

Meadow Yarn by The Fibre Company

Designer leather skins

We just took stock of a beautiful selection of calf leather skins that are remnants from a top Japanese fashion designer! They are perfect for projects like our Chevron Clutch Tutorial and The Makery’s Origami Needle Wrap. We have blush, charcoal and striped skins for a limited time only and we can’t wait to see what you make with them! Find them in the shop here.

Issey Miyake Calf Leather Skins

Morgan Jeans by Closet Case Patterns

Morgan is a slim boyfriend jeans pattern designed for non-stretch and selvedge denim. Inspired by old school denim style but with a fresh, modern cut, Morgan Jeans are engineered to flatter. These jeans feature a mid-rise, traditional five pocket construction, contoured waistband, tapered leg and button fly. They fit snugly through the hip but relax and conform to your curves with a little wear. Choose between a regular or cropped inseam, and add an optional leather waistband patch. Shop our denim collection here and find the Morgan Jeans pattern here.

Morgan Boyfriend Jeans by Closet Case Patterns

New organic cotton sweatshirt

This beautiful super soft organic sweatshirt knits comes in the perfect vintage maroon colour fo both men’s and women’s garments! It’s just right for cosy sweatshirts like the Grainline Linden, the Victoria Lola and the Charlie Hoodie! Find all of our sweatshirt fabrics in the shop here.

Organic Cotton Sweatshirt Fabric

Upcoming Classes!

Machine Pieced Curves with Jenny Haynes

We have a fantastic weekend of curved piecing coming up with Jenny Haynes of Papper Saxsten!

Saturday, 11 June – Take your quilting to the next level with four new techniques for machine and hand-piecing curves! In this class we’ll cover needle applique, bias binding, EPP and the six-minute circle. Sign up here.

Sunday, 12 June – Face your fear of curved piecing and learn to sew beautiful curves on your machine while you sew the Sunflower pattern (pictured below) that Jenny designed. Sign up here.

Machine Pieced Curves with Jenny Haynes

Sale!

It’s Free Fat Quarter Week! For every £10 you spend on fabric online or in our West Hampstead shop you’ll receive a free fat quarter of fabric! If you make your purchase online we’ll choose for you and it will be a fun surprise! If you shop in store, we’ll let you choose from our basket of free fat quarters.

Free Fat Quarter Week 

There is no coupon necessary for this offer. The offer is valid on sales placed between 12am on Thursday, 26 May, and 11:59pm on Wednesday, 1 June. The offer isn’t good on Les Fleurs pre-sale orders.

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