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Last week I was in a mad frenzy making headbands for my only granddaughter Harper. She looks too cute in them! Being our only Princess, Harper is a bit spoiled by us all. We have 4 grandsons including her twin brother Sadi, none of them want or need crochet headbands. But I have a blast creating cute things for Harper. This Picot Baby Headband looks adorable on her. It was perfect for Valentine's Day, or any other day for that matter.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Baby Headbands are a great and easy way to use up all those yarn scarps we seem to accumulate. I have a whole basket of them. Plus headbands are quick and easy to make, and a Princess can never have too many of them!

I used scarps of #4 worsted yarn to make this Picot Baby Headband, but you can use whatever yarn scraps you have. I attached a big flower on my headband but you can attach anything you want, or even leave unadorned, it's pretty either way.

The headbands I made measure 16 when finished and will fit up to an 18 head circumference. You can make it smaller or larger by making more or less chains in the beginning. You can make it smaller or larger by making more or less chains in the beginning. just be sure your number of chains is a multiple of 5 + 1 chain stitch to account for starting your pattern in the 2nd. chain from the hook.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Best way to measure for size is to measure the head circumference then make your foundation chain 2 less than the measurement to allow for the stretching. If you make your foundation chain equal to the head measurement it will be too big and will not stay in place.

To make this headband you will be working on both sides of the foundation chain. It uses Picot Clusters that are worked on both sides of the foundation chain, in the same stitch as the one above it.

Gauge: 7 SC = 2

4 rows of SC = 2

Hook Size F 3.75mm (affiliate link)


Ch = Chain

Sl St = Slip Stitch

SC = Single Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

PC = Picot Cluster – SC, DC, Picot (Ch 3 after DC, Sl St into DC), DC, SC

Sk St = Skip Stitch

St(s) = stitch or stitches


Ch 71, PC in 2nd. Ch from hook, *Sk St, Sl St into next st, Sk St, PC*, repeat ** to the end, ending with PC in last st, Ch 1, turn work around so that you can work on the bottom part of the foundation chain. PC in same st as the one you worked PC above, *Sk St, Sl St into next st, Sk St, PC*, repeat ** to the end, ending with PC in last st, (be sure to match up the Sl St & PC with the corresponding Sl St & PC above it). Sl St to the beginning of the work to form a band. Be careful not to twist the band when you Sl St. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Picot Baby HeadbandTo make flower visit Savvy Nana for free pattern!

Picot Baby HeadbandTo make a bow visit Savvy Nana for free pattern!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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