I stayed home sick from work today with a massive headache but after about 4 hours alone on the couch, I started realizing that, with the kids in school, I could get some projects done in peace. I decided to drag my sewing machine out and make something. I am still a very amateur sewer. I get nervous when the machine starts going too quickly. I have been buying fabric headbands on Etsy and they looked very simple to make so I thought I would try them. I bought the materials weeks ago and never got to them.
I Googled some instructions that seemed easy enough and I gathered all of my supplies. They strongly recommended using scrap fabric for your first try so that's what I did because I knew it wasn't going to be pretty.
You cut out 2 strips of fabric and 2 smaller strips for the elastic gathering in the back. The round rotary cutter used for fabric scares the heck out of me. It's unbelievably sharp-I keep it locked up so the kids don't find it. One small slip and you can cut off your finger. My major problem with sewing is the math and the cutting. I can never manage to measure correctly or cut in a straight line.
So, you sew them together, leaving the ends open. Then you turn them right side out.
You're left with these two tubes that you really have to iron flat. Here's where my math dyslexia comes in because it's supposed to be wider in the middle and taper off to the ends. Mine was just sort of straight.
Then, you sew the elastic in and you are done.
This is what I ended up with and it's very rough! I'm going to make more now that I know what I have to fix. I have to buy a clear fabric ruler so I can see what I am doing as I cut it. I also need to buy complimentary colored thread because I can't keep using white-it sticks out too much. Also I need to add about an inch to all my measurements. The headband is a bit tight on me-guess I have a bigger head than I thought.
Here are my real fabrics. Hopefully I won't have to call out sick again to get them made. I need some sort of craft room space in our next house. I can't keep making everything on our coffee table from college. These pictures just highlight to me how much we need new furniture-more on that soon because we might be getting some! But I don't want to talk or think about that until I see the money for it in front of me.
Grace came off the bus just as I was finishing up so she graciously stood still for 2 seconds so I could take her picture. Even she said it was too tight on her head.