Sewing – Headbands

I have been thinking about gifts for the upcoming festive season early this year. I think I’m more aware of what we spend on gifts now we are a single income family & we also have some big expenses (camper, car lease payout & Macro Boy’s schooling) coming up right in the new year that is contributing to that mindset.

I’m also the manager of about 10 people, plus I have 9 other colleagues that I would like to give something to as a token of my appreciation for their support, hard work & guidance during 2014.

I guess the split between male & females for this guest list would be pretty even & it totals about 20. That is a LOT of gifts, considering I only have 4 people I give gifts to in my immediate family. So you can see how quickly the costs could add up.

So what have I come up with for Christmas 2014? All the boys will be getting a large-ish bar of home-made soap in a citrus scent & I will put these in some small draw-string gift bags I have been making in different ‘festive’ colours.

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You can find the tutorial for these bags here

The girls will be getting a smaller bar of home-made soap & a home made headband. I’ve just been following this tutorial here. The only change I’ve made to the pattern is that I have been starting with 20 inch lengths of fabric, but I have made the strips 2.5 inches wide, which results in a much thinner headband, but I think the girls I’m making them for will prefer that. I’ve popped some pictures below of my sewing area whilst putting a couple of these gifts together this morning.

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Cutting the fabric strips – You will need 2 this size for the project

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Fold each of the 2 strips in half lengthwise (right side of fabric facing) & pin

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Sew with a zig-zag stitch with about a 1/4 inch seam

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Use a safety pin to feed through the sewn up tube of fabric so it’s the right way out then give the strips a good iron with the seam facing down & in the centre

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Cross the two strips over each other, making a + shape you want the horizontal axis to have the seam facing up to the ceiling & the vertical axis & to have the seam facing your table.

Then you place all 4 ends together & sew with a straight stitch back & forth a few times. I am a bit funny about making sure these are super secure, so I actually sew both ends of each strip together first, then I put all four together & sew again.

Then I just take my rotary cutter and trim off any excess fabric around the ends so that the join sits flat at the base of the headband wearers head.

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Easy!

As you can see, I’ve made 4 so far. I have about another 6 to make. They are super easy & look quite cute & just cost very very little, in fact, if you had a good stash of fabric, you could just raid that!

Have a great week!!!