Just a word of caution, all of these measurements are designed around the size of my head. I do not think it is abnormally large or small, but you probably want to play around with the dimensions a bit until you find the best fit for you. I suggest using scrappy fabric you don’t care about for a first attempt and then use the good stuff for a second or third version. This is a super fast project, so you won’t feel like you’re wasting a lot of time. OK, here we go…
Choose two coordinating fabrics and cut out two rectangles from each. One 3″ x 19.5″ and one 1.5″ x 6.5″.
Take your 3″ x 19.5″ rectangles and fold and press them in half like so:
Use your rotary cutter and ruler to taper each rectangle. You want to make sure the headband is fat in the middle and skinny on the ends. I aligned the edge of the ruler with the folded edge of each rectangle and measured in 1/2″ from the end. The pictures do a better job of explaining this step:
Now, open up each band and press 1/4″ on each end of the wrong side of both fabrics.
Place the fabric bands right sides together and pin. Do the same with the smaller rectangles you cut earlier.
Sew 1/4″ seams on each side. If you have pinking shears, use them to reduce the bulk by pinking the edges.
Press seams and turn fabric tubes inside out. Press Again.
Cut a 3″ strip of elastic and insert it into the small rectangle. Pull one edge to the outside of the rectangle and slip the whole thing into one side of the headband tube. Sew a seam as close to the edge as possible.
Scrunch the other side of the fabric rectangle up until the elastic peeks out of the edge. Once again, slip it into one side of the headband tube and sew a seam as close to the edge as possible.
When I saw that the Whiplash category this month was Hats I assumed that I would not be submitting an entry. After all, I do not crochet or knit. However, I decided to take some liberties and interpret “hat” as “anything you wear on your head”. Therefore, this is my entry for September as a tutorial. I don’t expect to win, given the stretch, but hopefully I can help some people make some nice things. I know I’m always looking for new ideas for crafted gifts and this seems like an ideal one.