Friday, February 24, 2012

Winter Headband Tutorial (More Sewing)


Cutting one pattern piece in felt...


...and one in chenille.


Pinning the two layers together for stitching...right sides facing each other.


After sandwiching in a hair elastic and sewing the layers together (leave a small gap)...

...turning the piece right-side-out.


Flattening and straightening the piece (be sure to tuck in the edges of the un-sewn gap).


After top-stitching.


Two finished headbands (one in fleece and one in felt)...


...with re-purposed buttons.

Before the winter slips away entirely...

...I wanted to share this quick and easy sewing project with you.

The idea came from my middle daughter...

...who saw a similar headband made from a knitted material.

To make the oval paper pattern...

...measure around your head as if the tape measure were the headband...

...and decide how wide you would like it to be as well.

(This pattern is 22 inches by 4 inches at its widest point.)

Cut one pattern piece in fleece or felt...

...(an old woolen sweater that's been fulled in the dryer would also work well)...

...and one in chenille or another 'fluffy' fabric.

Pin the two pieces together, right sides together...

...and sandwich in a thick hair elastic at one end.

Sew around the headband, leaving a small space for turning...

...and turn the headband right side out.

Straighten the seams and flatten the piece...

...then top-stitch all around, very close to the edge.

Try it on for size and to determine the button placement...

...then sew a medium to large button to the non-elastic end.

Voila...

...a soft and cozy headband that won't wreak havoc on your hair-do! :)

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14 comments:

Fiona said...

Great idea. But what's it look like on?

Melissa Plank said...

Great idea, this looks like something I could manage on our temperamental sewing machine! Always bringing wonderful project ideas to us and I see it runs in the family!

Angela said...

Thanks for sharing Heather, would love to see it being worn, think my daughter might want one.

WonderWhyGal said...

Those are adorable.
Why do I feel like this post was intended for me? tehehehe

Heather Woollove said...

Fiona and Angela--My girls have them at college, but I will try to snag them for an 'action shot' during Spring Break! :)
Melissa--Yes...she is a very creative sewist!

Heather Woollove said...

Andrea--Hahaha...I don't think one tutorial will ease your 'sewing machine stage fright', but maybe your little bear daughter will want to try one?!? (After all, my daughter taught me this project in the first place!) XXO-

Rachel said...

Anything warm and woolly is always wonderful in winter!

Elizabeth said...

If you make the felt thick enough, sewing might not be necessary. There's probably a piece of felt in my scrap that is thick enough to give it a whirl.
Elizabeth

Melissa said...

Cute and it's looks like it would work up quickly. Thanks for sharing.

Voie de Vie said...

Ok, those daughters are pretty on the ball, eh? :) Love the colors in the bottom one.

And your orange camera cord bag is da bomb!!!!!!!!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--It's been so lovely this week, I am tempted to think that winter is over!
Elizabeth--You're right that the thickness could be right, but I wonder how 'finished' the edges would look?
Melissa--Yes...it's a very quick and satisfying project.
Denise--Thanks! The bottom one was made with fleece from a long ago project. I'm glad you like the bag, too. I am rather fond of that one at the moment, too! :)

Sandie Knapp said...

What a great idea, and such a practical one too. Smart thinking, that daughter of yours. Great sewing Mom! :)

Spinster Beth said...

Oooh looks warm and comfy!

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie--Yes...she's a clever one! :)
Beth--The chenille side is so soft and warm!