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September 3, 2010

Using scraps

If you are a sewer, you might know how much scraps that can build up in your closet over time. Those scraps are not big enough to make a tiny camisole or shorts, but not small enough that you can just trash. I have a bunch of fabrics like that, piled up.

Over the last couple of weeks, I haven't had enough energy to work on clothes because of the move we did, so I worked on simple & easy project: headbands!

I love wearing headbands. Especially in the Summer, because I always put my hair up - it's too humid and hot in Japan to keep my long hair down, and I'm impressed if I see girls who have nice hair even on bad-hair day.

Making headbands are very easy - I just cut two strips of fabric in 30-33 inches in length and 2-5 inches in width. You can change the width if you want a skinny headband or wide headband. It's your choice. Then with the right side of fabrics facing each other, I sew around the fabric, leaving 2 inch window so you can turn. Then iron. For my headbands, I added a wire inside, then close the window. The wire helps the headband to stay on your head without slipping off and also allows you to shape the headband as you like.


Cindora said...

Really nice idea with the wire, I'll try it ^-^

Mary said...

I never though about adding wire, thats a good idea. How heavy is the wire? Do you try to keep it in a certain spot or do you just let it go where it wants inside the headband? They look so pretty on you, I rarely use them because they fall off too easily.

vivatveritas said...

hi mary, i picked the wire that is not too too light (then it might slips off of your head) but not too heavy. so i would pick the wire that you can bend and twist easily.
also i bend both ends of the wire in small circle, so the wire does not poke out and hurt you. i let it loose in the headband.

hope this helps! these headbands are so easy and they do stay on your head:)

carlyjcais said...

I kept seeing these in Japanese magazines since Spring this year, so I made my own too!
I shared the tutorial here:

I love the wider headbands you made - and the pretty fabrics you chose for yours! They look great on you!

vivatveritas said...

hi carly, thats so cool! thanks for letting me know!!