Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How To Tuesday - Simple Tied Headband

I am hoping to write a how to articles on Tuesdays. It probably wont be every week but I am setting the goal of at least once or twice a month to present to you a how to project.

This week is a simple tied headband.
You will need a few supplies and some basic sewing skills. I'd say that this entire project took me less than 15 minutes total.

**Fabric strips you will need two pieces at least 45" long but the width is your choice. you can either have a print and a solid like I have used or you can use two different coordinating prints. You can choose cottons, which are easier to work with, or you can use a fashion type of fabric. I'd probably make sure that one of the fabrics was a 100% cotton though.
**Thread to match
**scissors or olfa cutter and mat
**sewing machine or you could hand sew this if you are so inclined and skilled
optional a pencil or chalk for marking

step 1: you will need to figure out how wide you want your band to be. I wanted a fairly wide band that finished at around 3". Mine has finished at 3 1/4". I cut my fabric at 4". a good rule of thumb is to consider your seams will be about 1/4" and that is for each seam so with two side seams you will need to add 1/2" to what you want your finished width to be.
Now this is a longer simple tying headband so I wanted plenty in the length. I left it at the width the fabric is on the bolt, which is for most bolts of cotton quilting fabric 45".

step 2: you will now cut your pieces to the width you need them to be. Use sharp scissors or a clear ruler like Omnigrid and an olfa cutter and mat. If using scissors you may want to mark your fabric with pencil or fabric chalk so you can cut on a straight line.

Step 3: place the right sides of the fabric facing each other. You may want to pin your pieces together. Make sure you leave a several inch gap on one of the long sides because you will need this opening for turning out your headband. a gap or 3" or 4" is sufficient. Don't worry we will close this gap later.

Step 4: Sew all the way around your pieces except for the few inch gap that I talked about in step 3. You will want at least a 1/4" seam along all sides. I made mine a bit bigger as my main fabric was a slightly stretchy fashion type fabric.

step 5: This is an optional step but I wanted to add a bit of something to the ends of mine so I decided to give an angle to those edges. I used my ruler to make sure I started at the same measurement up and then I used chalk to mark a sewing line that ran from that measurement up down to the corner. Just sew along this line and trim away the excess fabric leaving 1/4" allowance

step 6: to make crisp corners you will want to clip the corners of you pieces. Make sure you don't nick the seams but you can cut close to where they meet in the corners

step 7: turn your piece right side out through the gap left in your sewing. Pay careful attention to your corners; if they seem too rounded you can use a point turner or even a sharpened pencil to help your corners seem more clearly defined.

step 8: use a steam iron to press your headband and make those edges look neat. Make sure to tuck in the fabric at the open gap inside the same amount as your seams because next we will add a bit of accent top stitching and will close that opening.

step 9: you can use a straight stitch as I have done or if your machine has some fancy stitches you can use one of those. We are just going to top stitch around all 4 sides This will help your headband look neat and crisp but will close that opening we left because you want this set of stitches to be close to the edge.

Now you should be done with your simple headband.

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