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Small Sewn Gifts: Wide Retro Style Headband

teacher avatar Melanie Smith, Sewing Pattern & Surface pattern designer

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5 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Making the Headband

    • 3. Turning the Headband Right-side Out (demo)

    • 4. Rolling & Pressing the Seams (demo)

    • 5. Closing Thoughs

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About This Class

If you love the look of those wide headbands from the 1950's and 60's, but have a hard time finding one that truly fits, then this class is for you! You will learn to make a simple fabric headband that is shaped to fit the curve of your head in all dimensions and is held on with an ordinary hair elastic. Fabric requirements are minimal (this is a great scrap busting project) but the fashion impact is maximal!

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Melanie Smith

Sewing Pattern & Surface pattern designer


I am a sewing pattern and surface pattern designer. I've had four sewing patterns published in two issues of Stitch Magazine (Summer 2014 and the Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews Edition). Though my degrees are in Engineering, I've been sewing since I was 8 and knitting since I was 24. I regularly teach private sewing classes and summer sewing camps in the Austin, TX area, where I reside with my husband and 2 kids.

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1. Introduction: welcome to so retro style headband. My name is Melanie Smith, and I love love headbands, especially fabric ones, mostly because I have this wild, crazy hair, and it's a great way to keep my hair out of my face and out of my axe. What I don't love about most fabric headbands, though, is they tend to have a little gap here in the back, where it doesn't quite curve to your head. So I decided to fix that since darts or the way we give our fabric shape and curve it around her body. I've added darts to the back of this basic heavy a pattern, and it allows the headband to curb around the back of your head and stay nicely pressed against your head. In this class, you'll learn to make one of these really simple headbands out of just a little fabric. So it's a great scrap busting project in the project section. I've provided a template in two sizes, one for a child and one from adults. If you like this class, don't forget to give it a thumb's up. This get helps get the class in front of more people so they can make awesome headbands to now go print out the templates and let's make some headbands 2. Making the Headband: this project, you will need two pieces of fabric, at least four inches wide by 20 inches long. You'll need to pieces to make one headband. You can pick matching fabrics or contrast ing fabrics. It really doesn't matter. Some coordinating threat to go with your fabric. Ordinary hair elastics. You can buy these at any pharmacy or a grocery store. I recommend getting the ones that are a little bit thicker because the last longer and you also need to print off and cut out the templates that I provided for you in the project section. I would recommend printing them off on card stock. If you have it available, it's just gonna make your Adam a little sturdier and help it to last longer. When you cut your pattern out, Be sure to also cut out the dark, as you can see in the picture. Now let's talk about your fabric choices for your headband. Your best bet is to use a woven cotton fabric such as closing continents or cotton broadcloth. Solid colors or small all over prints work best, such as the ones pictured. You also want to pay attention to the direction of the print if you decide to use something like a strike or a character that has a definite side to side and up and down direction in this example, if I had cut for stripes going perpendicular to the way they are now, the head van might not look quite as nice. Stable knits such as interlock and baby ribs are also okay to use. Make sure you pay attention to the stretch of the fabric when you're cutting on in it. You want to be sure that the stretch will go from ear to ear and not from front to back. And if you do decide to use a knit fabric, you can omit the elastic, and just so the ends together in the back to begin, you'll fold your fabric pieces right sides together and stack them by matching the folded edges. Place the template on top of the fabric with the straight edge of the template, where it says cut on, Fooled aligned on the fold. Cut the fabric with a rotary cutter, but do not cut the dark cut straight across and continue following the template. If you are tracing and cutting with scissors instead of using a rotary cutter. Just continue on with the pencil, and don't trace the dart line into your fabric just yet. Using the template as your guide mark. Both starts on the wrong side of the fabric. With either a fabric pencil or disappearing marker, you'll need to flip the template face down to do the opposite dark. Fold each start with right sides together, pinch at the point and match up your legs of the dart started fabric edge. And so your darts along the drawn lines. Don't forget to backstage at each start point. You'll do this for all four darks. When you're done, it should look like this. Press all your darts to the same side, either. Alter the left were all to the right. Now it's time to so our head band together place your pieces with right sides together and darts snuggled up against each other. You also want to be sure your long edges are aligned. Now they're not aligned in this picture because I wanted to show you how the darts match up . But when you get ready to so you also have the long edges matched. So along one edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Repeat that for the other side and do not so those short edges only the long ones to turn your head band right side out. You'll need a little turning tools, such as the one pictured or, if you want, you can use a safety pin with a string, a long string tied to the end of it. If you're using the tool, you'll insert it through one open end and push it out through to the other end. Then you'll use the hook to grab a little bit of the fabric on that far end. Carefully pull it back while ruling the fabric over itself. It helps if your fingers air slightly wet. When you do this, Once you see the fabric coming out the other end, you can remove the hook and just pull it right side out with your hands. Now, when you're finished with this, your headband will look puffy like this will need to flatten it out so we can finish it, the only to roll your seems out to the very edge. Rub them with your fingers and push this email until you can almost see the threads of seen what fingers help with this is well, pressure had been flat with your iron you compress as you roll, or you can roll first and then press. Using a tailor's ham is also helpful because the headband is quite curved. You should only see if one fabric on each side and be sure that the seam is pushed all the way out and not tucked back in on itself. As an option, You may top stitch along the edges of your headband, but whether you choose to top sits or not, once you're done pressing, it should look nice and flat like this. To attach the elastic, you'll fold one skinny end of your headband over 1/4 of an inch. Place your elastic on top of your head band and then fold that end over the elastic. Wrapping the elastic and fabric, though across that scene, forwards and backwards. To secure the headband to the elastic, you'll probably need to move your needle over when you do this so that you don't end up putting the elastic underneath your presser foot. Repeat this process on the other side, being careful not to twist your head band. It helps if you layer had been flat like this and then fold the part with the elastic over to meet the part that does not yet have the elastic. When you so across for the second time, the elastic will surround your presser foot as shown when you were all done, it should look like this. 3. Turning the Headband Right-side Out (demo): I'm going to do a little demonstration of how to turn your head band using either the turning tool that I mentioned previously or a safety pin with a piece of yarn or thicker string attached to the bottom end of it. Let's use the turning tool first. From one short end, you'll put your turning tool in like so and you'll push it all the way in and you'll scrunch your headband down onto this bottom part. You'll see there's a little hook here, okay, and this hook is going to grab that fabric, and there's this little thing here that flips up and down so you'll flip it down, grab your fabric, and then as you pull it, it'll naturally flip back up again. But I like to check just in case, and now you can see it's starting to try to go inside of itself. Now, this is where having wet fingers is a little bit helpful. You can department water, but to be perfectly honest, I just lick my fingers so we'll do that and then you're kind of gonna you're gonna pull back with your hand, but you're also going to try to help it go back over itself like so you can see how it's starting to go inside of itself and you'll be able to feel it. Just keep looking your fingers if you feel like you're slipping. And so here we go. Oh, now I haven't to lose my fabric here, and that can happen sometimes. But don't worry. The nice thing about this hook, once you've got the fabric in there could just use your fingers to feel around and grab any part of that headband and keep going. Okay, I've got it little wriggling around and I made it happen. Keep on pulling, and then eventually it will come out the other side. And at this point, you can just remove the hook and pull on your fabric. Keep going. Keep helping it along with the other hand until it's totally right side out. Now, I'm gonna go ahead and put this back inside out because I'm going to demonstrate how to use the safety pin method. So here we are again. It's completely inside out. I've got a rather large safety pin, and I feel the larger ones work a little bit better. You could definitely do this with US standard size safety pin, but I like the bigger ones. I've tied some yarn to this bottom part here, and I'm going to just shove that on up in there until it comes out the other end. And now I'm going to open the safety pin, pull back a little bit on this string here, I'm going to put it through the fabric and now, just like before. But I'm using the string now to pull a safety pin through. Now this method takes a little more practice, but it's still very effective, as you can see. And the nice thing about this method is that your safety pin will not come out of your fabric. Unlike the hook, which sometimes has a tendency to pop out, there you have it. Now you can just continue toe Open this up. You're right side out 4. Rolling & Pressing the Seams (demo): So for those of you who maybe have never rolled your edges before and aren't quite sure what I'm talking about, this is how you do it. You see how this seem? Kind of wants to stay tucked in like that, but that's not going to work for your headband. You want to make sure that this scene is completely out so far that you can almost see the stitching here. We really wanted to be pressed out. So what you need to do is again what? Your fingers. I'm just gonna lick him and you rule like this. And as you ruled, that seems kind of start to pop out, roll it a little bit and then I'll press as I go. So rule it to have that nice and pushed out. No press making sure that you get it so that you're not seeing the other fabrics. See here I can see my other fabric. I don't want that. So I'm going to do that again. That's a little better. It's not gonna be perfect, but just do the best you can, and you'll keep working your way all the way down in that manner. Rolling that scene out and then pressing and then repeat the same process for the other side here. And so here we have our finished headband and you can see I can't really see the opposite fabric. There's a little bit of the blue showing here, so I can fix that now tell you want it to look? 5. Closing Thoughs: and that is it. You are done. Put it on your head and where proudly. But this is the really, really important part. Don't forget the darks. Go to the back and the curved part goes to the front. Otherwise, you'll be wearing it backwards, and it's gonna feel a little bit funny. I would love to see some pictures of your finished headbands, so post them in the class project section. Make to make five. Makes 10 given to your friends. Do you like this class? Please don't forget to give it a thumb's up. This helps get class in front of four people so they can make awesome man's, too. Let me know in the class discussion if you have any questions or comments, and I'll see you next.