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