Monday, April 12, 2010

The Knot Headband

Ready for the final headband tutorial for Headband Week?  (Okay, okay, so Headband Week kind of spilled over into this week, but who really cares?  Not me!)  This headband is one that I've been wanting to make for quite a while.  In fact, it is the headband that got the creative juices flowing in the first place.  So, let's give it up for...

Ready to get started on your own?

Here's what you'll need:

-lightweight fabric (about 1/16 of a yard)   
(It looks like Cherry Lane Textiles is out of the fabric I used to make this headband, but this fabric or this fabric would be close.  And they're both so pretty!  Also, let me just say for the record that the fabric I used actually has a bright pink background, not a red-orange one.)
-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 four strips of fabric to the following dimensions: 
-14" long and 1 3/4" wide (long strips)

Cut one short strip to the following dimensions:
 -8" long and 3 1/2" wide (short strip)

Also (not pictured) cut one 4 1/2" long piece of 1/2" wide elastic.

Step 3: Sew your short strip into a tube, attach the elastic, and turn it inside out
To do this, follow steps 3-5 in the Basic Skinny Headband tutorial found HERE.

Step 4: Creating and using a pattern for your tie ends
 Cut a piece of paper so that it's 1 3/4" wide.  It doesn't really matter how long it is.

Fold it in half lengthwise (i.e. hot dog style).

Cut off a rounded tip.

 Unfold your paper.  Your pattern piece is now ready to use!

Line the tip of your pattern piece up with one end of each of your long strips.  Pin the pattern piece on and cut your new tip.

Again, make sure you use your pattern piece on one end of each long strip.  The other end will remain square.

Step 5: Sewing your long strips together
Take two of your long strips and line them up on top of each other, right sides together.  Pin in place.

Leaving your square end open, sew around the sides and tip of your long strips with 1/4" seam allowance.

Pin and sew your remaining two long strips.

Step 6: Preparing your long strips for turning
Cut out a small triangle at the tip of each long strip, being careful not to snip through your seam.*

Continue to cut out triangles (notches) along the remainder of your curved edges.  I also like to make a small snip through the remaining triangles.  Again, be careful not to snip through your seam.  Do this for both long strips.

With your long strips still inside out, press your seams open.  I did this by pressing all of the seam allowances in on one side.

Then I turned my strip over and pressed all of the seam allowances in on the opposite side.  Do this for both long strips.

*Note: Looking back, it would probably easier to press the seam allowances in on each side and then go back and cut the excess fabric (notches).  Either way would work fine, but I think the way I did it takes a little longer since it can be tricky to press in all those little triangles.  :)

Step 7: Turning your long strips right side out
Reach your fingers inside the end of one of your long strips.

Using your fingers, start to turn your long strip right side out.

Once you've got it started, grab a crochet hook, chop stick, or some other kind of long, skinny tool to help you turn your strip right side out the rest of the way.  I used a crochet hook that I had on hand.

Poke the not-so-pointy end of your turning tool into the tube you've started.

Holding firmly to the end of your tube, push the turning tool up into the tube.  As you do this, gently pull down on the end of your tube.  Your long strip will continue to be turned right side out.

Once you reach the point where your tube is longer than your turning tool, push the tube down onto the turning tool and pull on a different part of the fabric.  Do this until your long strip is turned right side out completely.  Use your turning tool to carefully push out the point of your long strip.  Do this with both long strips.

Your long strips will now look like somewhat of a rumpled snake.

Reshape and press both long strips.

You should now have two nicely pressed long strips and one short strip with the elastic encased.

Step 7: Tying your long strips into a tidy little knot
Cross the tips of your long strips across one another, right over left.

Fold the right strip under the left strip and bring the tip back up.

Now cross the left strip over the right strip and fold under.

Congratulations!  You now know how to tie a square knot.  :)

Now measure the entire length of your long strips tied together and make sure it's about 18" long.

Step 8: Attaching your short and long strips
To do this, follow the instructions in Step 8 of the Basic Skinny Headband tutorial found HERE.

Step 9: Tidying up your scrunches
To do this, follow the instructions in step 6 of The Wonky Button Headband tutorial found HERE.

Ta-da!  You're finished!

I wore mine around town today and I like it a lot.  But I also think The Knot Headband would be absolutely adorable on little girls for summer time.  Please let me know if you make one!

Hooray for Headband Week!  I'll be back later on tonight or tomorrow with a quick Headband Week wrap-up and showcase of some of the headbands you've linked up.  Thanks for participating everybody!

7 comments: said...

I think this is my favorite one yet! I'm going to have to make this asap! I'll be linking as well.

Kendra said...

Very cute! I agree with Rachel - this one is my fav!

Kathy Haynie said...

I agree - this is very snazzy. Thanks for a great tutorial!

demetgun3 said...

amazing work! so beautiful!

Unknown said...

So sweet! The headband looks so cool. Thanks for the detailed information on how to do this. =)

Anonymous said...

I am going to make all of the headbands, for my girls and myself. This one is my favorite!
Thanks for the great tutorial!

Chantelle said...

Thank you for taking the time to be so detailed with your tutorial. All the pics really help a 'visual learner' like me! :) Making some for my daughter. Thanks so much!