An Easy Headband Project
The question keeps popping up: what to do with my scraps of fabric? Should I throw them away? Should I just give them away for free? A couple weeks ago we published a tutorial showing how to make a beaded necklace using fabric scraps and a few small components.
As another alternative, why not use your fabric scraps to make things that could be easily sold in market stalls? Here's a quick and easy headband project that will help you use up your scraps of fabric while at the same time making great little items that you can sell or give away to friends.
I made this project with my teenage daughter (who reluctantly volunteered the model the end product…) She is just starting out in sewing –so I'm always looking for simple and fun projects that will not only interest her in sewing, but also give her something fun and stylish to show off to her friends.
What You Will Need:
- 2 rectangles of fabric 7 ½ inches by 17 inches in length (satin, silk or cotton)
- 1 piece of elastic 6 inches long
- 1 strip of fabric for the elastic casing 10 inches in length by 1 inch
- thread to match the fabric.
- Size 70 or 80 Schmetz needle depending upon what type of fabric you are using.
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Mark the middle of your rectangles and sew 1 ½” from the middle on each direction. In total you would have sewn 3 inches on your rectangle right in the middle.
Do exactly the same to the other rectangle.
Open your seams by ironing them. Take your rectangles and turn them inside out. With right sides of the fabric together pin A to B, and stitch with your sewing machine or by hand. Follow the photograph to guide you.
When you have done both sides, it will resemble a small long skirt with a big opening in the middle.
Turn your piece inside out. You should have a hole at the top. Thread the other rectangle through the hole to form a T-shape.
Stitch A and B together starting from the end of the 3 inch seam in the middle. Do it on both sides.
The Elastic Band
We are almost done. To finish up this simple and easy headband project we are going to make the casing of the elastic. Sew the casing just wide enough to fit the elastic –about 1/4 of an inch. Insert the elastic and sew, tacking back and forth about 2 times to secure the elastic. Pull the elastic from the other end and tack once again.
Now all you need to do is to place the elastic band in the middle of the opening and accordion fold the rest of the fabric on top the elastic band folding it no wider than the elastic band. Sew very carefully because this is a tricky bit. You might want to start in the middle and go back and forth with the machine. Do the same to the other side. Pull the elastic band and it will fold inside the folds of the fabric and this raw edge will not be seen.
The headband is made this way to accommodate very elegantly and easily a head between 21 and 23 inches in circumference.
And You're Done
Now you have a very easy headband that took only 15 minutes to make. Make this project with a girl that is just starting to sew and it will give her confidence and a pretty accessory to brighten up her outfit. Alternatively, it will make a great addition to your market stall.
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did making it.