Spring is nearly here (according to the calendar….but its been sitting here in AZ for the last month) and its time for fun, bright colors! This is a super easy project to use up your scraps and add some color to your wardrobe. Here is what you’ll need:
1. 2 strips of fabric 5.5″ wide by 16″ long
2. 5.5″ piece of elastic (1/2″ or 3/4″wide) -you may need a longer piece for an adult, but this length worked for my 4yo and 9yo
Step 1: Sew your strips in half width wise (right sides together) and stitch. Flip right side out and press. I like to use a safety pin to help me turn it- I pin it to one end and thread it back through the piece- same as if I were threading elastic through a waist band.
Step 2: Lay your strips on top of each other in a perpendicular way, and fold each piece in half (see pic)
Step 3: Take the raw edge of one length and turn it in about 1/2″ and finger press. Take the other raw edge and tuck it in to the turned in edge. Slip the elastic edge in as well and stitch closed. Repeat for both of your ties.
Your finished project should look like this:
This is a fun twist on the traditional headband, gives it a little “architectural interest”!
If you are wanting to make one for an adult, measure your head using a tape measure placed all the way around your head- as you would wear a headband. Take that measurement and subtract 15, that will give you the length of elastic you will need.
Happy Spring Sewing!