Thursday, July 10, 2008

5 Minutes To A Cute Accessory

I was walking out the door on the 4th of July and decided that I needed a preppy patriotic headband to keep my hair from driving me batty all day. And then thought y'all might want to make one too. This is hardly a tutorial as it is crazy easy and fast. But I know there are several of you out there who are looking to test the waters with your sewing machines on an easy project. This is the project. In under five minutes you too can have your very own reversible headband. Let me walk you though it, step-by-step...

Chose any two ribbons. They don't have to coordinate as you will only see one ribbon when it is worn on your head. If you don't already own an embarrassingly ridiculous amount of ribbon, you can buy two pieces at Wally World for under a buck.



Cut both ribbons about 15" long. (Note: these measurements are what fit my big head best- you might need to experiment a big depending on your head size and the stretch of your elastic.)



I made two headbands that afternoon- one for the 4th and one to wear with an adorable Lilly shift that was a Christmas prezzie from bestie. Don't you just love those jacquard ribbons?!




Now cut a piece of elastic about 6.5" long. (Again- you might need to do a test run to find the best fit for yourself but this is what worked for me.)



Pin your two ribbons WRONG sides together, folding in the short sides 1/2" so that no raw edges are visible. Start sewing about 1" down on one of the LONG sides first. Then sew along a short side and insert your elastic about 1/4". Sew back and forth over the elastic a few times to be sure it doesn't pull out of place. Then sew down the other long side (as shown in this photo).



Your last step is to insert the elastic into the other short end (shown in this picture) and sew back and forth a few times. It's OK if you don't sew this part perfectly- it will be hidden by your hair anyway.




After that second elastic end is sewn in, close up that 1" gap on the first long side. (I start about an inch or so down because the ribbon tends to shift a tad when sewing (or it does when I sew it anyway) and this ensure that your ends won't be all wonky in the end. Don't you just love my technical language? I really should write these tutorials for a living- they are so stinkin' clear. I'll be shocked if anyone can understand this post. I took a quick five minute project and turned it into rocket science. Good going PPC!)




Voila! You're finished! Now you have a two-for-one accessory that is both useful and adorable. If you make yourself a quickie headband, be sure to send me a picture and I'll post it on here too. Happy sewing!



29 comments:

Kate said...

Adorable! If only I had a sewing machine

Pink Lady Bug said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love the headband idea, I think I will have to have a go at making one this weekend.

I spent six months in Geneva, NY.

Sarsh

Lauren said...

These are so cute! Now if only I had a sewing machine and new how to sew ...

lisagh said...

Cuter than cute!

lepetitprep said...

Very cute! I love all things reversible...

Sew Biz said...

Those headbands are so cute!! They make great gifts.

TAG said...

These are PRECIOUS. I have a big head too so I will follow your instructions exactly! Thanks, PPC!

Nelly said...

omg! those are awesome

KStar said...

What a fun and cute idea. Makes me want to learn how to use a sewing machine!

Preppy Pugs said...

Love it! So cute & easy to make. I am making some tote bags for friends & this will be the perfect accessory to put in the bags! Thank you for the tutorial.

Preppy Engineer said...

Very cute and crafty! Too bad I can not operate a sewing machine.

Muffy said...

Looks easy enogh! I'll try it!!!

Sassy Sal said...

So cute! My girls would where them daily, if only I could sew...Is over 30 too old to take a sewing class?

Pink Preppy Party Girl said...

Just darling! I wish I knew how to sew.

Pink Lemonade and Peonies said...

I want to sew. My mother in law has told me she will try to teach me. Her machine is really old, so we will see what happens.

This may be one of my first projects--this and a really cute apron.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Oh My Golly girls....don't doubt yourselves so much. I always say that if you can drive in a straight line, you can also sew in a straight line. I am far far from an expert- barely out of the beginner category really. But I really encourage y'all to take a piece of scrap fabric (and if you don't think you have any, dig an old shirt or something out of your "to be donated" bag (because you know we all have one!) and just use that) and play around. Don't attempt to actually make anything- just learn how to turn it on and sew a line. I promise that within a few minutes you will totally "get it" and want to try an easy little project.

adozeneggs said...

Those are really cute. I have a couple from JCrew and I find that they slide right off my head though.
Wish I could wear them.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Brilliant idea - this would be a great project for my daughter!

Liz (The Preppy Lizard) said...

So cute!

thepreppyprincess said...

Too cool! You know what? You are right, you really should write tutorials for a living! Have someone shoot the video (and then you can shoot the close-up shots later that you want) of you doing the lesson, you do the notes and then edit it together... voila! A tutorial that will look pretty darn good unless I'm crazy.
Love the headbands! Thanks for posting this!
TP

Southern Sugar said...

So cute! Love the gators.

Manatee's Headband said...

OMG! so cute! If only I knew how to sew!

Kristin said...

Great idea! And much easier than I would have thought; thanks for the tutorial!

Always Organizing said...

Adorable! Have you ever thought of selling them?

Jake and Taryn said...

LOVE this idea!! I also love your tutorial...awesome job! :)

I actually tied a red/white polka dot ribbon around my pony tail for 4th of july!..but you can't see it in any of my pictures, so I love this alternative! :)

Manic Mom said...

Hey there!! Too cute, love the gator!

White Lily said...

You are so creative!!!
I'll try to learn how to sew this summer. My aunt will teach me! You are a great inspiration!

Gracie Beth said...

Thank you so much for all the great ideas!

Little Bow Prep said...

Thank you so much for stopping by! I adore the headbands. They are adorable! Unfortunately, I'm not very talented with a sewing machine.

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