|Saturday morning project|
I made a template from a manila folder of the purchased headband. I will place this template on a folded section of cloth and cut. This is done twice to get a top-facing and bottom piece of cloth. I also took off the rest of the buttons and the label from the shirt. I love collecting buttons. I have a jar of buttons on my dresser.
|I heart button jars!|
The jar was something I got at a thrift store years ago. It is an old spice jar; I've never seen anything so quaint before. Then one day I went to an estate sale and there was a whole 20-piece jar set with wall mounted wire shelf of the exact jar I had. At first I was excited, then, because there was so many, I felt like it lost its charm somehow. I decided not to buy any and just keep my lone one on my dresser.
Back to finishing the headband. Once I got the two pieces cut out, I cut a length of elastic about 6" long and pinned it in between the two layers of fabric.
|Sewing is so backwards, sometimes!|
I stitched along the edge with a ball-point needle on my sewing machine. I did not want to run the risk of the thread bunching when I got to the elastic. I'm not sure if it would have, but I did not want to rip out rat nests this morning. I sewed around the elastic end and 90% of one side. This is where it got a bit tricky, I then found the other end of the elastic between the fabric and pinned it to the other end. The fabric bunched up and I had to keep it smooth so I could sew the end and the other side.
I left a small opening and then turned it right-side out. This left a hole where I did the transformation from scrunchie to headband. The purchased headband had topstitching around the entire edge; so I chose to do that too. I am not always a straight sewer, even when I try to line it up with the guidelines on the sewing machine. The fabrics have a mind of their own and do what they want, even if you are feeding it through straight. My sewing sistas, I'm sure, would back me up on that fact.
|See ya, hole!|
I pressed the fabric so the seams were flat and aligned the fabric folds of the hole so I can close it when I topstitch. To aid in my mission to sew straight, I used a zipper foot with the needle on the right side (my zipper foot has a plastic piece that you can move from side to side, depending on what side the zipper teeth are on). This actually worked the way I imagined, so I was happy! Since this did not take too much time, I cut out another headband out of left-over fabric from my Halloween costume last year, where I was a cowgirl. The fabric was a faux suede, like microfiber/moleskin, which was supposed to represent my cowhide skirt and vest.
|Two new headbands|
I can't forget that I did have help cutting out the pattern...
|I wouldn't have been able to do it without you, Roo!|