If you are a quilter you probably have a lot of fun patterned fabric. Use up your extra scraps making this fun reversible headband. It makes a great gift. You can use a holiday print on one side, and everyday on the other. It is easy to make.
You Will Need...
- Plain metal headband
- Sewing machine and thread
- Muslin, or other fabric to make your headband pattern
- Air erasable sewing pen
To start: You can also go to www.craftingrebellion.com for the tutorial. Create a main pattern piece for the headband by cutting a piece of muslin, stabilizer fabric, or pattern paper: 15 1/2" long by approx. 2 3/4" wide. Keep 4 inches at the 2 3/4" width (the top middle part of the headband where it is the widest) but then trim the sides evenly tapering to approximately 3/4" width.
Pin or use quilters tape to hold your pattern in place and cut two different pieces of fabric. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and sew using a 1/4" seam allowance. Make sure to leave one 3/4" end side open for turning. Turn fabric right side out by using a chopstick to gently push the closed end through. Flatten and press. Turn your open end in 1/4" and press. Now you need to sew two lines with a 5/8" opening down the middle of your fabric headband. Pick a side to sew on thinking about the color thread you use. This created channel is where you slide the metal headband into. You can do this by measuring and marking 2 lines centered 5/8" down the middle of your headband piece using an air erase pen.
My friend found it easier to create a second pattern piece as a template for the 5/8" channel lines. To do this copy your first pattern piece but make it 1/4" smaller all around. Now cut a 5/8 seam down the middle of the pattern. You then lay this pattern on top of your fabric headband and use the cut opening to trace your 5/8" line with an air erase pen. Sew along the marked channel lines using a small stitch. Slip your metal headband in and sew the 3/4" open end closed.
You can buy the plain metal bands here: http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=5213BK&submit.x=0&submit.y=0 When you want to reverse the fabric on the headband you can easily flip the fabric over. You do not flip the metal headband.