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Tutorial Tuesday: Braided Fabric Headband

March 9, 2010

I’m back from my quick trip to Portland just in time for a Tuesday tutorial, albeit one I made a couple of weeks ago. It’s inspired by both the nautical styles and pastel shades hitting the magazine pages and soon to be on a street near you.

What I’m really dying to do is a project or two involving some fabric paint that Simply Spray sent me after I linked to their site for my stenciled leggings project. Alas, with travel and school I just haven’t had the time lately. Maybe next Tuesday….

1/2″-wide elastic
Big safety-pin
Scissors or rotary cutter
Sewing machine (or needle and thread)

1. Cut a piece of cotton fabric 5 inches by 30 inches. Fold one of the short ends about two inches away from the other short end.

2. Using the rotary cutter or scissors, cut the fabric into strips an inch wide, leaving the two inches of single-width fabric on one short end uncut.

3. Unfold the fabric strands. Tape the uncut end of the fabric to a secure surface and braid the five strands of fabric. Try to keep the braid flat by using low tension. If you don’t know how to braid with five strands you can learn from a site like this one, or just modify this project for three strands.

4. When you get to the end of your fabric strands some pieces may be longer than others. That’s okay. Just braid as far as you can, sew over the ends to secure, and cut them evenly. You’ll now have ends that look like this:

5. Cut another piece of fabric about 3 by 9 inches.

6. Right sides together, sew the long sides together to make a tube. Turn it right-side-out and press flat.

7. Put the braided piece of fabric around your head where you want to wear it and measure the remaining distance around your skull. Cut a piece of elastic about this length, plus an inch. For me this was about 5 inches. Sew it to one end of your braided fabric.

8. Attach a big safety-pin to one end of your elastic and use it to help thread the elastic through the tube of fabric you just sewed. Pull the tube over the end of the braid to cover where the braid and elastic are joined, and sew in place.

9. Now take the safety-pin off, sew the elastic to the other end of the braided fabric, pull the fabric tube over that join, and sew in place. You’re done!

Looking for more tutorials and DIY projects? Check out my What I Made page!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2010 6:22 pm

    That is super cute. I love the fabric you used. Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  2. Elisa permalink
    March 15, 2010 4:44 pm

    Great idea! Can’t wait to try this.

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