Monday, February 23, 2009

Creating a Reversible Fabric Headband - Zemphira Style

You Will Need:
  • 2 pieces of fabric that measure 19 inches by 3 inches
  • 5 inches of elastic
  • template and tracing utensil, safety pin
  • iron, sewing machine, thread, scissors, & and chopstick
Step 1- Choose your fabric.  I tend to use two fabrics 
that somewhat coordinate. Cut a 19x 3 inch rectangle from each fabric.

Step 2 - Put the two fabrics right sides together, and then fold them in half. Place the end of the template on the fold and then trace. Cut out the pieces on the line.

Step 3- Sew the two pieces of fabric together leaving the ENDS open as well as a 2 inch hole along one side. (sew 1/4 inch away from the edge)

Step 4 - Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and thread it through one end of the headband.  Do not pull it all the way through, stop with a little bit of elastic hanging out of the end.  Then sew down that end of the elastic - I backstitch over the elastic a few times.  Then pull the elastic out the other end and sew it down.  (right now the headband will be scrunched up and inside out)

Step 5- Turn the headband right-side 
out through the 2-inch hold you left on one of the long sides.  Use a chopstick to push out the corners and along the seams.  Iron the headband flat.

Step 6 - Top - stitch a little less than a 1/4 inch all the way around the headband - make sure you pay extra attention when you are sewing the hole to be sure you close it up.

Step 7 - Wear your headband, give your headband away, and then create another!


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Karen said...

What a cute idea!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Cute and clever. Love the fabrics.

christy mack said...

you make it look easy, and with a housefull of long-haired girls, I can see some of these in their future :O) thanks for the tutorial!

Zemphira said...

Thanks Ann and Christy. They are fun to make. They don't take too long. My little one likes to pick out her own fabrics.

Jingle said...

Oh, my goodness that is so cute! I wish I wasn't so afraid of the sewing machine! This is wonderful!!! I am such a headband junky! LOL!

Atasha said...

I love your fabric choices :-)
I am eyeballing your machine! My mom had an older singer that looked similar. If you don't mind me asking what kind is it?

Zemphira said...

Atasha - of course I don't mind. It is a 1939 Singer. I LOVE it, and I think it loves me - very rarely do I have a problem with it, and I do a lot of sewing.

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Super cute!