Tuesday, August 21, 2012

One-Minute Headbands

Recently, I realized that I’d broken or lost most of my headbands, so it was time to find a few more. I found001 some nice ones in a store, but was shocked by the price – $3 each – as soon as I realized that they were made from regular fold-over elastic. I have a nice collection of assorted colors and lengths of fold-over elastic that I’d purchased for various sewing projects. Most of the fold-over elastic I own cost me less than $1 per yard.
I easily put together 5 headbands in about 5 minutes. I think the hardest part was choosing which colors of fold-over elastic I wanted to use for the project.
Here are the basic instructions:
  • Cut a 21” piece of fold-over elastic 004
  • Overlap the two ends by about 1/2” (thus making it into a 20” loop)
  • Hand stitch the overlapped pieces together
  • Try on the headband.
That’s it! Very simple. For those who don’t sew, simply cut the fold-over elastic a bit longer (24-25” is good), then tie either an overhand knot or a square knot to join the two ends. You can adjust the tightness by moving the knot to make the loop slightly smaller or larger.
Here's my muppet Isabella modeling the aqua headband for me.
You can find fold-over elastic at JoAnn's fabric stores, Rose City Textiles (http://www.rctfabrics.com), and Saf-T-Pockets (http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details_v2.asp?Store_id=413&page_id=23&Item_ID=1074).

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