DIY Hippy Headband

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We were traveling through Wisconsin this summer on our way to Canada, and stopped at this little hippy store before lunch in a small town.  The store was full of incense, grateful dead memorabilia, and lots of hemp, but it also had these really beautiful headbands.  We bought two, and as I examined them I realized how easy they were to make, and knew that when I got back home I’d come up with a tutorial for them.

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What You’ll Need:

1/2 yard of fabric.  This can be scrap fabric, like I used.  The stretchier the fabric, or the more give it has, the better.

5″ of elastic.  The thicker the elastic, the better.  1′ to 1.5′ is perfect.

A safety pin.

A sewing machine and thread.

 

First, cut the fabric into two pieces.  You’ll need one piece that is 14″x15″ and a second that is 11″x3″.  Fold the larger piece 5 times, accordion style, along the longer of the two edges.  Take an iron to each fold, or a flat iron (for your hair) works just as well.

 

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Next, fold the other piece in half longways, pattern facing inward, and stitch a straight stitch to close it up, making a tube of fabric.

 

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Then, turn that tube piece inside out, so the pattern faces the outside and the seam is on the inside.  Using a safety pin to anchor the elastic on one side, slip the elastic through the tube and bunch the fabric up (like a scrunchy) until you can pull the elastic out of the other side.

 

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Next, fold a quarter of an inch of the tube inward, to make a smooth edge, and stuff one edge of the longer accordion folded fabric into the tube about a quarter of an inch or so, and stitch the two pieces of fabric together (also being sure to stitch the elastic with them.  Repeat on the other side.

 

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Finally, use some kind of “no fray” substance on the fabric ends of the accordion-folded piece (both top and bottom).

 

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