April 10, 2012

No Sew Headbands

While I love to sew, I also like to throw in a project that doesn't require sewing because it reaches a lot of people who might not have a sewing machine.  These little headbands literally took 2 minutes to make and I used old t-shirts to make them.  You can make them for any age person.


Just gather some old t-shirts and get out your scissors.  I used Aleene's Peel and Stick Tape, but you could also use fabric fusion as well.  (I just like the no mess of dry adhesives.)  
Now, I don't like to give an exact length of the headband because not only are head sizes different, but every knit fabric stretches differently as well.  Some are super stretchy and others are more tight.  This measurement was for a small baby.  You need one rectangle big enough to go around the head and another to wrap your seam.


Once your rectangle is the right size you'll cut a piece of the Peel and Stick Tape.  It's sticky on one side and has paper on the other.  Once it's in place you'll peel off the paper....


...and it'll look like this.  It's a thin layer of sticky adhesive.


Make a headband by attaching the ends.


Gather where the seam is and use the other rectangle to wrap around the headband.  Use the tape at the end to secure it.


That's it.  I was serious about the two minutes.  These are super comfortable for a baby, with no seams to even irritate them.  Plus, knits are so soft and they don't fray.  I plan on making a larger one for myself.


For the second headband I did everything the same, except I added an additional rectangle of fabric on the headband to look like a bow.


Then I decided to add some life to the knits by stamping them with fabric paint (same paint if you've used Tulip, but a new bottle).  I used the top of an eraser and pounced it all over the headband to create polka dots.


This way if it's a baby headband, there won't even be anything on the inside to irritate the skin.  The paint is all on the outside.


And there you have it.  You can use up some scraps or t-shirts AND have a few new headbands in a few minutes.


Thanks for reading.

22 comments:

~ko said...

Awesomely fun! I'm going to make one this week for sure!

samantha said...

Great idea! definitely have to make one of these

Miss Hannah B. said...

I love it. So easy, can't wait to try one. My daughter will love these! Thanks

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

That is super cute. I will have to make one sometime! :)

emily said...

Cheri,

I love these! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for continually posting! I love your blog and I read it daily.

Emily
http://emhammar.blogspot.com/

Felicia said...

I have a t-shirt that I have been looking for a project for. I can't wait to give this one a try. Pinned it to share with my friends. Thanks!

Haley said...

These are super cute! When I saw the the poka-dot one I thought "I wish I has some cute t-shirt fabric like that"...and then you showed me how I could. You are so creative. I love it!

WhisperingWriter said...

Too cute! I love those.

Danny Heyen said...

Cah-ute! My friend just made some of these... they were a little wide for her daughter's head, but they were so simple to make, she is planning to make more.

Marilyn said...

Cuuuute idea, I can do this for a young womens mutual activity!!

Jenn Sandberg said...

Super easy! Super cute! Thx for sharing Cheri :)

Kat said...

I'm having a baby girl this summer, I have to make some of these for her!! So easy and so cute!!!

homemade by jill said...

How cute! I really like how you made your own polka dot fabric. I'm going to try these. :)

Mika said...

Wow, that was super fast!! Also, a great project for little hands....or maybe a fun activity to do for a kids' birthday party (We recently did sewing for my daughter's birthday party, and made headbands...lots of cutting, ironing and sewing)

Tamra said...

so cute. I bought some girls' white tights to do the same but the headband seems so big and bulky. I've gotta try this. Pinning it to remember !!

Jennifer said...

Love this...easy and cute ;-)

Disney said...

Oh I love the polka-dots. These would be great party favors or kids' craft party projects!

Sky said...

I've been thinking about your blog more often this week- in terms of your Wake-up Wednesday last week actually. I didn't comment right at the time, but wanted you to know before you post a new challenge tomorrow that you are one of my favorites :) I am a boy mama to two little guys also and, boy related or not, always seems to enjoy your posts- for crafts, for life, just cuz :) Thanks for all you do to make this site great- I truly hope it brings you what you need and want, today and through the future. Have a great rest of the week!

Christina said...

I love these, thanks for the idea. Will be trying these soon. I've been reading your blog for a long time and love your ideas.

Jennifer said...

Great project, Cheri!

jenn (+ will) said...

in love with these! will definitely make some for mama & baby (when i find the time)!

Jillian said...

I'll definitely be making this soon!

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