Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Soft & Stretchy Headband

When the big O was born one of our friends made some really cute little headbands for her out of some white nylons.  They were perfect for decorating our bald baby girl's little head... until her head grew... a lot.  I was still putting these headbands on her anyway since they were so cute, but whenever I dressed her in them on Sundays the headband always mysteriously disappeared before church even started.  Actually, the headband disappearances weren't that mysterious at all.  Bryan kept taking them off.  He said that they were cutting off the circulation to Olivia's head.  And, I have to admit, he was kind of right.  Every time we took one of those headbands off (after she had clearly outgrown them) there was a red mark on her sweet little head.  So we stopped putting them on her.  But she's a bald kid and I like to keep her looking feminine, so when I spotted some stretch knit fabric left over from my Tank Top Top, I knew just what to do with it.  Well, first I actually got sidetracked and made the Bunny Hat.  But then I moved on to my original plan and made Olivia her very own...

Actually, they were so fast and easy that I made her two of them.  Want one?

Here's what you'll need:
-some jersey knit fabric with a lot of stretch to it  
(Mine is from a left over tank top piece, so that is how the tutorial will be given, but if you're just using a regular piece of stretchy jersey knit you easily make it work just fine.)
-sewing machine
-general sewing supplies

-This pattern was made for a child (O's head measures about 18" around), but--ha!--it fits me too, so you could probably make this exactly the same way for an adult.

Let's start!

Step 1: Cutting your fabric

-to make a wider headband, cut one 3" strip (through both layers) from the middle section of your tank top
-to make a skinnier headband, cut one 2" strip (through both layers) from the middle section of your tank top

 Step 2: Sewing your raw edges
Turn your strip inside out.

Sew a zigzag stitch near the edge all the way around your strip, leaving an opening about 1" wide.

Turn your strip right side out.

Smooth your strip out so that it's a nice rectangle shape again.

It should now look about like this.

 Step 3: Sewing your opening closed
Carefully tuck the raw edges of your opening inside your strip and pin in place.

Using a zigzag stitch, sew the opening closed.
Don't worry.  Nobody is going to see that little line of stitching.  We're about to cover it up.  :)

 Step 4: Attaching the ends of your strip
Overlap the ends of your strip by about 1/2".

Pin in place.

Using a zigzag stitch, sew strip ends together, close to the edge.

Ta-da!  You're done!

Leave it plain...

...or pop a flower on there.

Either way it will be nice and comfy.

Hooray!  No more red marks or squished brain! 

Now it's your turn to share headbands that you've made, altered, or embellished!  Link up!


alee said...

While I would love to add a link, I just haven't gotten around to the headband project yet...perhaps some day when I only have one job :) Until then, keep being creative for me!

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

This one is fasy and easy enough you just might get a headband out of me by the end of the week. :)

Lindsay said...

Excellent. This will be on the list...the babe too REALLY doesn't like her headbands-they're almost always too tight! Thanks for posting!

seven thirty three said...

Hmph. I am trying to link up some of my headbands but the linky thingy (technical term) isn't working for me. :(

Patricia said...

Oh, she is so cute!! I love the headband, too. Alison loves her new headband and maybe when things are less busy for her (like this summer) she'll make another one.

CK Morgan said...

She looks just like Bryan. I love the headbands and can't wait to make some for my little girl. Clark is already threatening to take them off when he sees them though, even if they don't cut off circulation. :). I think he'll change his mind. Your baby is darling and you are a mastermind!

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I did the same thing with Sadie...the poor marks on their heads...Awww.

Kathy Haynie said...

Very cute. What a smart mama you are!

The Jessee Journal said...

I think it is a universal male gene to take off the headband and use phrases like "but it's cutting off the circulation to her brain!"

Emily said...

I love it! She looks so cute and happy to not have red marks on her head! Adorable!

Anna said...

I love all these headbands. I am jealous I was not in UT to get a free headband and be a headband model. I am currently having a battle between sleep and making a baby quilt so I know I will not get to a headband...maybe for a few months. But I love the posts and am a big fan.

Sylvia Louise said...

Olivia is quite the model. The number of career options she has is incredible.

Jamie said...

cant wait to make this!