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To celebrate the new release of the Riley Blake line of premium Girl Scout fabrics this week, I made these cute headbands. They are super easy to make in only ten minutes!
Any woven cotton fabric of your choice - you could choose two fabrics if you want to make your headband reversible
Braided elastic, at whatever width is comfortable around the back of your head
A sewing machine
And the headband pattern by Sparkles of Sunshine. This is a free and super easy pattern and she offers it in kids and adults sizes!
Now in Cub Scout fabric too!
I made a whole pile of these in a single afternoon this week for a Junior Art to Wear sewing badge workshop I taught this week. These girls had a great time programming the machine to embroider their names and troop number on their headband.
To make your own, first print and cut out the pattern from Sparkles of Sunshine. One pattern piece is only half of the length you need, so you need to fold the fabric, and then cut out one long piece, keeping the fold intact. Do this twice to get two pieces. You can use two different fabrics if you want your headband to be reversible.
I'm making the adult size here, so each piece comes out to be 12 inches long. Cut a piece of braided elastic about the same length as one piece. Sandwich the pieces together - first one piece with printed side up, then the elastic, with a rough end poking out, then the other pattern piece with printed side down.
On the sewing machine, first run a reinforced stitch over everything on the end where the elastic is poking out. Continue stitching down one side of the fabrics only, careful to not catch the elastic in the stitching. Stop and backstitch before you get to the other end. Start sewing again from the first end down the other side, and stop and backstitch again when you are close to the end. It should look like this. Your elastic may be peeking out, or may be tucked just inside. Either way is fine.
Then, using the elastic for leverage, pull, turn, pull, turn entire the entire thing is rightside out.
Using your fingers, turn the open end in on itself until the raw edges are all tucked in inside. Then stick the loose end of elastic into that opening. Sew over this end with a reinforced stitch and it's done!! I told you it was easy. :D
Flair it up with a troop number, or maybe a mini-fun patch!
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