6 May 2008

How To Make A Hairband

Skill Level : Easy Peezy Lemon Squeezy
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This project is a great way of using up any scraps of fabric you just can't bear to throw out!
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(Pictures a bit small? Click to enlarge)
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You will need : 2 pieces of pretty fabric, a piece of plain cotton if your fabrics are a bit see-through and a piece of elastic.
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. Measure how long your hairband needs to be (ear to ear over the top of the head) and decide the width you want it to be, but bear in mind the thinner it is, the more fiddly it is to turn inside-out later on.
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Cut your 3 pieces of fabric to your measurements, allowing a bit extra for seam allowance.
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. Lay your 3 pieces of fabric on top of each other matching all edges. Then fold in half lengthways and iron. This will give you a nice crease and show you where the middle of the hairband is.
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Place your 2 nice pieces of fabric right sides together and lay on top of the plain cotton (if using)
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Sandwich your elastic in between the 2 nice pieces of fabric and pin to the crease mark all along its length. Pinning it now will stop it wriggling its way into one of your seams which is really annoying! Your elastic should be shorter than your hairband and you only need to pin it to one end at the moment.
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This photo shows the elastic pinned in place before being sandwiched by the other piece of fabric.
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This is what it looks like with all layers pinned together and the elastic sandwiched and pinned in place.
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..Overlock or stitch the 2 long sides and the end with the elastic - leave the other end unstitched.
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Turn inside-out (minding the pins that are holding the elastic in place) and using a knitting needle / pencil / end of scissors push the corners out.
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Press all edges, fold the open end inwards neatly and pin the elastic into place.
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Top stitch all edges and do a few reinforcing stitches to hold the elastic securely in place.


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And now you've made a reversible hairband!
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If you don't want to make your own, you can design your own and have one made for you on the jb*jb website.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

My Emmy loves-loves hairbands and now I can make my own! Thanks! :-)