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Lunch Hour Crafts #2

May 25, 2011

Aaaand we’re back! Sorry for the lack of crafting last week, I was preoccupied with a fantastic youth conference. It is hard to keep crafting when you’re busy handing out 900 cups of beans and rice…

For this cute reversible headband, you’ll need a strip of printed fabric (3″x15″), a strip of coordinating backing fabric (solid or print, 3″x15″), an extra strip of either fabric to cover the elastic (3″x10″), a piece of thin elastic (1/4″ wide x 5″), and a sewing machine.

Place the headband strips (the 15″ ones!) right sides together and taper the ends for the last inch or so on either side, so that they finish about 1″ smaller than the rest of the headband. If what I just wrote makes no sense to you, look at the pictures. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance along both sides, ending about 1/2″ from the end. Don’t sew right to the end and definitely don’t sew either end of the tube closed. Look at the picture. Turn right side out and iron. Make sure you get the edges pushed all the way inside out.

Now, the main part of the headband is done. Take the extra strip (10″ long) and sew it into a tube with a 1/4″ seam.

Now, you need to turn it inside out. This is surprisingly hard- go ahead and try. When you give up, try this: put a small safety pin on the end of a ribbon and thread it through the tube, and pin the pin (with ribbon attached and coming out the other end) to the inside edge of the end of the tube. Again, that might make no sense. Really concentrate. Pin on the inside edge of the tube. Gently pull the ribbon and it should be easier to turn the pin end to the inside and turn the whole tube. Press this.

It works, trust me. Thread your piece of elastic through the tube, scrunching it up as you go. Pin both ends with a little bit of elastic sticking out.

Now we need to finish by sewing the elastic and covering to the two ends of the headband. Start by turning the top and bottom fabric in at one end (because you didn’t sew all the way to the tapered edge, right? Right? Right?) and tuck the elastic and covering in, making sure they’re covered by about 1/2″. 

Sew a straight line, from edge to edge, so that the covering and the elastic are held in place. Turn the whole thing around and go over that line again, and then do it a third time because you are great crafter and NO HEADBAND OF YOURS WILL FALL APART.

Remove the pins and try it on! Go ahead! Put it on that pretty head of yours!

Great work. Don’t stop there, these are meant to be made again and again- give them away and make a whole bunch for yourself too. You can pull off headbands! Don’t doubt it!

Leave some love in the comments. Another craft in a few days, promise. And this time…it may not be a headband!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2011 4:18 am

    Super cute! And it does look simple. BUT–I can’t sew! Wah!

  2. Stephanie permalink
    February 5, 2012 11:02 pm

    I’ve been sewing for just a few months and this was great. I made a valentine’s day fabric headband for my little girl. It’s so pretty!

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