Thursday, June 19, 2014

Princess Warrior Headbands

These braided fabric headbands or Warrior Princess Headbands as my daughter likes to call them, are so fun and easy to make! They are a great project to get rid of some of those scraps that seem to always be laying around.

Here's what you need:

1 piece of fabric 2 inches by 5 1/2 inches
3 pieces of fabric 20 inches by 3/4 of an inch (Using pinking shears helps a lot with keeping the headband from getting to stringy.
1 piece of elastic 4 inches long 1/4 inch wide
1 safety pin

Start by making a casing for you headband using the small 2 by 5 1/2 inch piece of fabric. Fold it in half length wise right sides together. Sew along the raw edges using a 3/8 of an inch seam allowance.
Trim the seam and inside it out using a safety pin.

Sew across the tops of the three long pieces keeping them together. I folded mine in half long ways just at the tops to keep them more condensed.

You can use some tape or a friend to hold your fabric while you braid it, but I found it easiest to use the foot of my machine to hold the fabric down, no wiggles! Braid your fabric all the way to the end, and stitch across the bottom to hold the braid in place.

 Next attach the piece of elastic to one of the ends of your braid by sewing across the tops.

Use a safety pin to slide the braid into the casing you have already made.

Let the casing hang out in the middle while you attach the elastic to the opposite side of the braid.

 It should look something like this.

After you have sewn the elastic down slide the casing so that it covers both the raw ends and the elastic. Top stitch it into place.

Voila! You have a beautiful headband(s). I dare you to just make one :-)!

Hope you enjoy!

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