Anthro Headwrap Knockoff

Despite the fact that I had lived in the Phoenix area all my life growing up, I decided that it would be a good idea to go to college in Flagstaff Arizona.

It was there that I discovered that I have a fairly low tolerance for snow, ice and wind. And by fairly low I mean, I’m a big baby and complain a lot when subjected to temperatures below 40 degrees. We won’t even discuss the ear infections I got every year from wind.

Because of that, when I’m in snow country, I’m pretty quick to slap a hat, headband, and/or earmuffs on to protect my ears. And I’m always looking for new ways to look cute while still bundled. I have my priorities after all.

So when I came across the sweet little headwraps at Anthro this winter, I knew that they would be a perfect winter accessory knockoff!

Check out my version:

And here’s the Anthro Wintermallows Headwrap:


(source Anthropologie)

I made mine from a thrifted sweater – it worked out great! Plus I have lots of sweater left for other projects.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

• Thrifted Sweater
• Pearls (optional – for rosettes)
• Thread & Sewing Machine

Start by laying out your sweater and deciding what part will work best for the headband. You will probably want to measure your head to make sure you have enough sweater for the wrap.

I used the back of the sweater since this was a cardigan.

I bought this one because it was large and would give me a lot of fabric to work with and it had this large band at the bottom.
It worked out that I could use the back lower section for the headwrap between the two side seams.

Cut off enough of the sweater to go around your head (not too tight, remember you will have a seam in there) and make it twice as wide as you’d like the headband. This was about 8″ tall.

From the sweater cut out two long oval shapes that you will use as the roses. The length on these isn’t super critical because you can make the roses any size you want.
I believe these were about 3″ wide and 8″ and 12″ long.

Fold the band in half, right sides together and sew along the bottom long side. Leave the two sides open.

Turn right side out.

Place the ends together, right sides together and sew the ends together as far as you can with your machine.

Just start at one point and keep lining it up and turning the tube. Leave about 1″ unsewn.

Flip the sewn seam inside and sew the small hole closed by hand.

For the rosettes, fold the long ovals in half. Sew by hand a gathering stitch along the raw edge.

Start curling one end up and sew the raw edges together as you go. Continue rolling and sewing until you have a rose the size you like.
Tuck the other small end under the rose and sew it down.

Sew some pearls and/or beads in the center of your rose for a little fun.
Repeat with the other rose.

Decide if you want to use the ribbed side or the sweater side of your band as the outside.
I used the sweater side since the band showed at the top and bottom and that looked more like the original.

Sew the rosettes to the outside of the band.

Woohoo! Now you have a quick and easy and inexpensiveknockoff headwrap!

And the cutest model ever. . .

Whew – no more frozen ears. ;)

47 Comments

  • Reply February 13, 2011

    Erin @ Crafts & Sutch

    This is too cute! I still have left over sweater from my sweater snowman so I’m going to have to give this a try! :) I shared this over at my FB page because it’s super duper cute!

  • Reply February 13, 2011

    Steph

    I thought your version was the anthro version at first glance! Love it…super cozy and cute. And your model is adorable.

  • Reply February 13, 2011

    christy

    dare i say i like your version better?! sew cute!

  • Reply February 13, 2011

    Karen Weight

    I agree! Your version is cuter:) Love it!!

  • Reply February 13, 2011

    KJ@letsgoflyakite

    I totally consider you the Anthro maven. This is a great use for all of those sweaters I have felted with unusable pieces, ie. the waistband. Love it.

  • Reply February 13, 2011

    Sarah

    Wow, that turned out really cute! I like your version even better than the Anthro version :)

  • Reply February 13, 2011

    Caroline

    I like yours a lot better than the Anthro inspiration

  • Reply February 13, 2011

    Beverly

    Your version is much prettier than the original! May just have to give it a shot myself.

  • Reply February 13, 2011

    gail

    so darn cute! great job, tweeting it! :)
    gail

  • Reply February 13, 2011

    amanda

    I have this same exact tutorial that i did months ago http://patriciaraedesigns.blogspot.com/2010/10/anthro-inspired-tutorial.html :)

    Amanda

  • Reply February 13, 2011

    Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

    Just when I think you can’t top yourself… This is fantastic, Bev! Those rosettes are the cutest. Love it waaaay better than the original!

  • Reply February 13, 2011

    Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims

    I loveeeeeeee how this turned out!! I’ll have to give it a shot sometime. Super cute way to keep your ears warm :)

  • Reply February 14, 2011

    Rissa

    Lovely! I like yours better too, it has more personality!

  • Reply February 14, 2011

    sibel enneli

    love your job absuletyly magnifecent I want to try it

  • Reply February 14, 2011

    Sandy

    Very Nice!! Love it. Thanks for the tutorial

  • Reply February 14, 2011

    Kayla

    wow I love this! You did such a great job as always!

  • I love this anthro knock-off! One of the best sweater makeovers I’ve seen, too!

  • Reply February 14, 2011

    Carol Bowen

    I agree–yours is sooooo much cuter. What a talent!!

  • Reply February 15, 2011

    Anne

    Wow This looks Amazing.. Beautiful!!

  • Reply February 15, 2011

    kelly

    Yours is a lot cutter than the original. Good job!!

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