Monday, April 5, 2010

The Basic Skinny Headband

Woot wooooooot!  Hello everybody and welcome to the official start of Headband Week!  Are you ready to get this party started?!  We're going to kick things off with a Headband linky party (found at the bottom of this post) where you can share (read: "show off") headbands you've made with all of us aaaaand with a bright, shiny new tutorial.  Are you ready?!  Well then, I now introduce to you...

The Basic Skinny Headband

It's sleek...

It's stylish...

It doesn't cut off the circulation to your head...

It's the...

Ready to make one?!

Here's what you'll need:
-lightweight fabric (about 1/16 of a yard)
-4 1/2" of 1/2" wide elastic
-2 medium size safety pins
-measuring tape
-other general sewing supplies

-All seam allowances are 3/8" unless otherwise stated.
-This pattern is for an adult, but it would be really easy to convert the measurements to make these for a child.

Now let's get started!

Step 1: Measuring your head
First, grab your measuring tape and measure where you'd like your headband to fit.  If you come up at about 21" to 22" then the measurements given here should work just fine for you.  If you come up more than an inch or two bigger or a little smaller, you may want to adjust the measurements I give here so that your headband will fit you just how you like it.  :)

Step 2: Cutting your fabric and elastic
Cut two strips of fabric, one strip each with the following dimentions:

-18" long and 2 1/2" wide (long strip)
-8" long and 2 1/2" wide (short strip)

Also cut one 4 1/2" long piece of elastic.

Step 3: Sewing your short strip into a tube
Now, take your short strip of fabric and fold it in half lengthwise, right sides together.  Pin as needed.

Sew at 3/8".

Press seam open.  I like to press open with my fingers first and then with the iron, using steam.

Step 4: Attaching the elastic to your short strip
Grab your short strip (now with the seam nicely pressed open) and your 4 1/2" strip of elastic.

Center your elastic over your seam.

Holding your elastic centered on your seam, carefully open the opening at the end of your strip so that you can see the inside (right side of the fabric) of the short strip.

Pin elastic to the end of the short strip, making sure to keep the end open.

Place in sewing machine, moving the needle and presser foot into the down position.

Carefully remove your pin.  Sew back and forth several times near the edge to secure the elastic to the end of your short strip.  Keep a close watch on your opening and make sure you don't sew it closed.

The end of your short strip should now look like this.

Repeat with the opposite end of your short strip.

Step 5: Turning your short strip right side out
Place safety pins in both ends of your short strip.  Make sure each pin goes through both the elastic and the fabric, with the head of your safety pin pointing in toward the opening at each end.

Choose one end of your short piece.  Poke the head of the safety pin into your fabric tube.

Keeping a good grip on the head of your safety pin, move your safety pin forward through your fabric tube.  Your fabric will begin to scrunch up along your safety pin.  The elastic won't really be moving at this point.  Don't worry.  It's supposed to be that way.  :)

Holding onto the head of your safety pin, gently roll the scrunched fabric down toward the elastic so that it rolls up inside your fabric tube.

Continue this process of moving your safety pin forward (scrunching your fabric) and rolling the fabric down (helping it turn inside the tube) until the safety pin you've been working with pokes out through the tube opening at other end.  Once you reach this point, hold onto the safety pin (the one that just came through the tube) with one hand and roll the rest of the tube down with your other hand.

Your tube should now look like this, with the elastic nicely encased.  Ta-da!  That was the hardest part of this project, and wasn't it easy?  Okay, now set your short strip aside for a moment.

Step 6: Sewing your long strip into a tube
Take your long strip and fold it in half lengthwise, right sides together.

Sew at 3/8".

Press the seam open.  (Again, this picture just shows me pressing the seam open with my fingers, but you'll want to press it open with an iron too, of course.)

You should now have a nice, iron long strip like this.

Step 7:Turning your long strip right side out
Pin a safety pin at one end of your long strip, with the head of the pin pointing in toward your tube opening.

Poke the head of your safety pin into your tube and scrunch and smooth until your safety pin pokes out through the other end.  Finish turning the rest of the tube right side out.

Now, your long strip/tube will look kind of rumpled like this.

Keeping your seam centered, iron your long strip so that it's nicely pressed flat.

Step 8: Attaching your short and long strips
Next, take your long strip and tuck the raw edges inside the end of your tube about 1/2" or so.  Set aside.

Grab your short strip and take the safety pin out of one end.  Leave the remaining safety pin in the other end for now.

Move the scrunches (for lack of a better word) on your short strip down toward the remaining safety pin as best as you can.

Lining up seams, insert the raw edge of your short strip into the folded end of your long strip.

Pin in place.

Sew together, stitching about an 1/8" from the folded edge of the long strip.

Repeat with remaining ends, making sure to keep your long strip from twisting as you pin the ends together (or your twist will be permanent!).

Ta-da!  You're done!  Go put on your sweet-o new headband and strut your stuff proudly for all the world to see.

Now it's time for you to show off all the great headbands that you've made!  They can be sewn, hot glued, stapled, for adults, for children, for your cat--whatever!  Or if you've added a fun embellishment to an existing headband, I'd love to see pictures.  :)  Whether you've included a whole tutorial or just some great pictures, show us what you've got!  Oh, and of course you can link up past headband projects too.  


Lisa Lou said...

Ok...I'm going to try this I goooooo!

Rachel and Todd said...

Cool. I think I'm really going to try this. You're welcome about Olivia; everything I've said is true.

It is a magazine rack. I may just do a post about it because I love it so much. We found it in Oklahoma at an antique store just after Thanksgiving. It was Todd's Christmas gift to me. I'm not sure if it's a real antique or if it is made to look like one, but it's great quality and my favorite color. I'm always pulling kids off of it though. Some how it looks like the perfect climbing toy . . .

Starfish By the Sea Designs said...

Thanks for the detailed tutorial, the headband is so easy to make and looks great on. I've worn mine all day, it has held my thick hair well and it's the most comfortable headband I've ever worn! Great use of an extra jelly roll strip too!

Kristi said...

Thanks for the great instructions!

I have been attempting to follow a few different ones and had trouble understanding without pictures! I have now printed them out and it will be my next project - thanks so much!