For the last couple of months Kitty has been practicing diligently for her very first school nativity play. Truth be told we’ve all been practicing diligently; on more than one occasion I’ve found myself humming “Baa baa baa, baa baa b Bethlehem” while sat at my desk, in my office, many miles away, surrounded by my colleagues. Oops. We’ve heard the songs, and some of the snippets from the narrators, and we even know where she stands on the stage but we had to wait to find out what role Reception were going to play.
But finally the letter came home in her book bag and the answer was sheep. Not superman as I distinctly heard one little boy try to convince his mum. And apparently (according to the letter), sheep in our part of the Midlands wear PE kit, sent home the week before to be washed, PE plimsols, knee length black socks or black leggings and “a sheep headband”.
It was at this point that the class parents neatly divided into two groups; the Pinterest mummies and the ones who are not Pinterest mummies. The latter organised themselves efficiently into a sheep ear buying co-operative and made a bulk purchase from Ebay and the rest of us – well the ideas started at finding a large sheep toy in a charity shop and … no, the horror – it’s OK, we shelved that plan.
There are a fair few paper plate and cotton wool ball patterns doing the rounds and some very credible finished interpretations, but I know my daughter and I know the chances of a paper plate sheep headband surviving for three performances, especially if part of it comes down onto her face, is just about nil, she’d be fidgeting with it before they’d left the classroom. So time to put my thinking cap on, and with one afternoon in which to construct something that looks like it says “Baaa!”, here’s how to make a sheep headband quickly, with very little sewing and quite a lot of glue.
You will need:
- A plastic hairband, preferrably with a bit of width to it to give you a nice gluing area – our came from Claire’s Accessories for £3.50
- Sirdair Snowflake yarn in off white
- Cream and pink felt.
- Sewing needle and cotton (any colour)
- Strong glue (I use UHU)
- Cut a template from some scrap paper (appropriately enough, the butcher’s Christmas order form). I literally just freehand cut this in an ear sort of shape and held it up to Kitty to see if it looked about right.
- Cut two cream ears and two pink ears using your template, then cut 1/4 inch from around the edge of each pink ear so your pink ear is smaller.
- Glue a pink ear to each cream ear and leave to dry (or if you’re really short of time, give it a minute and then press on).
- Fold each ear in half lengthwise and whip stitch across the bottom with the sewing thread. That’s the only sewing, I promise.
- Glue the base of each folded ear to the hairband, lying the ear along the top of the band so that it points out at the side. Either hold it in place until it starts to hold or you may find a clothespeg useful for this part.
- When both ears are attached and dry, spread glue along the top of the hairband and across the top of the bottom of the ears and wrap the yarn around the hairband in the middle and over the end of each ear to secure them further. When it feels nice and fluffy and you can no longer see the hairband’s original colour, cut the yarn and secure the end with a dab of glue.
- Wrap each end of the hairband in similar fashion.
And there you have it, one cute as a button sheep, just ready for Christmas, or Easter, or Halloween, or any other occasion you can possible think of in which you’d need to be a sheep at short notice.
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday, Frontier Dreams for Keep Crafting On, and – with a certain amount of tongue in cheek – Make Do and Push for Funky Kid Friday!