Thursday, March 8, 2007

Retro Headbands

Hi there, it is late Thursday night and I am blogging straight from Craft Night!, hopefully it will become a regular event at the store. If we missed you tonight hopefully we will see you at the next event. My project today is again from Adorn Magazine (broken record I know, but they just have so many cute ideas!). Retro and vintage fashions are on the rise, and how appropriate a chunky headband. We are getting in a ton of retro and vintage fabrics that are perfect for these headbands. Okay so here's what you need: •Plastic Headband to cover •1/8 yd. fabric •Tape measure •Scissors •Sewing machine or needle and thread •Transparent tape
1. Using your tape measure, measure the length and width of your headband at its widest point. Add 1/2" to the length. Double the width and add 1/2". Cut your fabric.
2. With right sides together, fold your fabric strip in half lengthwise. With sewing machine or needle and thread, stitch down the length of the fabric to form a tube, using 1/4" seam allowance. Trim your excess fabric to 1/8". Using 1/4" seam allowance, sew one end of the tube closed.
3. Turn your fabric tube right side out. Slide the fabric over the headband until the closed end is taut against the headband end. Adjust the fabric so the long seam runs along one edge of the headband. (There will be excess fabric near the ends where headband is thinner)
4. Starting with the stitched end, pull the fabric to one side so that the non-seamed edge of the fabric tube is taut against the headband edge. Working on the seamed side, fold excess fabric to the underside of the headband, double folding if necessary. Tape in place. Continue folding fabric and securing with tape, until all excess fabric is folded under and fabric lies smooth.
5. Whipstitch fold closed, removing tape as you go until you seam is complete.
6. Fold raw edges of the open end inside the tube and whipstitch closed. Repeat folding, taping and stitching for second side of headband.
7. Wear it in your "do", your done!
See you tomorrow! I am off to craft some more with the ladies! Tiff

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