My 3 Monsters: The Pain-Free Headband

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4.19.2013

The Pain-Free Headband

I have a love/hate relationship with headbands.  Love the way they look in my hair.  Love the cute, easy pop of color they add to an outfit.  Hate the pounding headache that starts in after several hours of wearing one.  Why must we torture ourselves to be stylish?

A few weeks ago I made those cute little felt bows I showed you yesterday and attached a bunch of them to skinny metal headbands.  These headbands are some of the best I've found. The headband just hides right into your hair leaving nothing but a fun bow showing, which is awesome.  And the brain-squeeze effect is minimal, but even so I can only wear them for a couple hours at a time -- usually just when I'm out in public.  In the house they come right off.  Surely there must be a better way to accessorize!

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I like the idea of head wraps -- you know, those fabric headbands that tie around your head -- but they can be kinda' pricey and don't always come in patterns or colors I want.  {I'm a little picky.} I decided to try and make some of my own out of fabric in my stash so I could really customize them and I love how they turned out.  If you have about a half an hour and a quarter of a yard of fabric or-so you can make one, too.

Start out by making your pattern.  I tied a piece of ribbon around my head right where I was going to wear the head wrap to determine how long I needed it to be.  Then I decided how wide I wanted the headband to be on top of my head and at the ends.  My measurements were 33 inches long by 2 1/4 inches wide in the center and 1 inch wide at the ends.  Add 2 inches to the length and about 1 inch to the width measurements to give you enough extra fabric to finish the edges.  Here's an example of how I drew out my pattern:

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Use a large sheet of paper {a piece of butcher paper or newsprint works well} to draw out your pattern.  Remember this pattern is for half of the head wrap so you want to place the 3 1/4 inch side along the fold of your fabric and cut out the other three sides, leaving you with one long piece of fabric that is fat in the middle and thinner on each end.  {Does that make sense?}

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On each long edge of the strip, lay the fabric wrong side up, fold the edge over 1/4 inch and press.  Then fold over 1/4 inch again, press and pin in place.  Sew down each long edge, creating a nice, finished hem.

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Repeat for each short end.

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You now have your basic head wrap that you can embellish however you like.  I like the look of yo yo rosettes and vintage buttons {big surprise, right?}, but you could make rolled fabric rosettes, bows, or even just glue on gems and embellishments with permanent glue.  I used invisible nylon thread to machine stitch my rosettes to the head wrap so they would really stay put.

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When you're finished, wear the headwraps by wrapping them around your head and tying the ends in a knot in the back.  When you take it off, simply untie it and then tie it again the next time you wear it.

I can wear one of these head wraps all day without getting the typical headband brain-squeeze.  I almost forget that it's there.  I think these wraps are especially cute in sassy short hair, but they also look good in long hair or tied around your head with your hair pulled up in a ponytail or messy bun.  They work on adults and children alike.

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I'd love to see your finished head wraps if you make some!!

 I'll be linking this project up here:

6 comments:

  1. OOOOOOOH I might try to make one for my nine month old if she'll sit still long enough for me to measure her head!!

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    1. Measure her head when she is sound asleep in your lap.

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  2. This is really cute. So do you tie the ends together to keep it on your head, since there's no elastic involved? I would love to see a picture of it on you! :) Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. yes, I have the same question.

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    2. I have the same question.

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    3. You wear the headwraps by wrapping them around your head and tying the ends in a knot in the back, underneath your hair. When you take it off, simply untie it and then tie it again the next time you wear it. Sorry if that wasn't clear in the post!

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