Monday, April 29, 2013

Scrappy Ruffle Headband Tutorial

ruffle headband tutorial title
I love fold over elastic. Love it. I ordered a few colors several months ago (Etsy is the place to look for loads of sellers with great color combos.)

*And I’ve tried to make myself underwear using the fold over elastic at the edges. But it has NOT turned out well. So I’ve been saving the elastic for some other projects.*

pink ruffle headband

I decided to make these headbands for one of my younger cousins. They used up some long, skinny scraps of fabric. (The pink is my favorite. I sort of wanted to keep it but felt it was too young-ish for me.)
scrappy headband

I started with two scraps of fabric, both 16” long, one scrap was 1” wide and the other was 1.5” wide.
I cut a 17” piece of fold over elastic. The headbands fit me snugly, so I figured they would fit my nine year-old cousin.

First, I zig zagged the raw edges.

Then, I gathered the strips.

Adjusting the strips so they were the same length, I pinned each one to the shiny side of the fold over elastic. I centered the strips on the elastic, but you could position them off to the side if you wanted. IMG_0104

I used a stretch stitch to sew the gathered ruffle pieces to the elastic. (If you are not sure what a stretch stitch is, see this explanation and how-to of a stretch stitch.)

When you’ve attached the ruffles, join the ends of the elastic together with some stitching and the headband is complete.

headband with fold over elastic

I seriously love these headbands. Usually I’m not big on raw edges, but I like the way these turned out. They look “intentionally raw”.

 fold over elastic scrappy ruffle headband
elastic ruffle headband

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  1. These are soo cute.. what a great way to use up those fabric scraps!
    Hope you stop by and share with my Pink Hippo Party @
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  2. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

    I'd love it if you shared this on Much Ado About Monday


  3. Very cute and easy idea! I love it!

  4. Great little tutorial! Thank you for sharing! I’d love to have you visit me at Get Your Crap Together! We have a Pattern Party from the 1st of the month to the 10th and would love you to check it out. See you soon!

  5. Thanks for linking to Take-a-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured yesterday!!

  6. I love this idea so much! I'd love you to come share your talents with us at "Fidlin' Fridays" linking party over at Fidlers Under One Roof.
    I'd love to see you there!

  7. These are adorable! nice pics in the tutorial, thanks!


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