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Date: 5/29/12 10:46 AM

Hi!
It's getting hot and muggy. My super frizzy hair has to be up in a bun all summer so I want to make some headbands to add some color, variety to the "pulled back in a bun" look I'll be sporting between now and the first frost. I have a headband patten, but I want a little body or volume. Without a headband, I usually wear a bandana folded over several times, which gives a little texture, interest. But, this look is appropriate for the park, not a nice dinner.
Can anyone tell me how or direct me to a tutorial for creating the look seen here on the top of this sleeve? Or something like this, maybe?


Thanks!
Leu Sews in NYC
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Date: 5/29/12 11:26 AM

What about doing your usual bandana thing but use a luxurious fabric like silk or some organza with a few diamonte?

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Date: 5/29/12 12:01 PM

That's exactly what I want to do! I have several scarves--a whole drawer, actually--that I try to use now and again. The problem is they have a silky texture and the slip right out of my hair if I don't pin them in a million places. One son or another gets his hands around my neck and pulls my scarf all of wack so I end up taking it out or trying to slip away to a mirror to fix it. I need something a while lot more practical right now. It goes on and stays put.
I'm hoping after a few rough drafts to make the actually headbands out of those scarves but I'm trying to do something that will keep them from just being a straight piece of fabric against my head.

I totally need more diamonte in my life, though. thanks for reminding me!

leu

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Date: 5/29/12 1:04 PM

nonbigdill.com has a cute ruched one from 2010/04.
She has a contrast piping on her headband.
You can find others by searching "free headband tutorials."


Your scarves will work if you don't want them for your neck anymore.
Gather a length between your hands and see how it forms nice folds.
Then cut a backing piece from a (non-slip) cotton fabric in the length/width you want, using the elongated football-type shape with flat ends.

Using the same length of your scarf piece, gather and stitch across the ends, as thick as you want to make it, but not so it will be too bulky to turn. Then sew these two layers RST, catching only the outer layers of the scarf sides and keep the ends open.
Turn RSO.
Tuck in your ends, slide in an elastic or ties of your choice, and sew down.

For faster finishing you can figure out your tie length, baste your ties inside into the ends first (make sure they will come out on the outside of course--so the 2 tails will be facing each other in the center) and sew around the whole thing. Leave a little opening in the center to turn the entire headband RSO. Then just stitch that edge closed, it won't show with the gathering.

A tip that works for heavy hair also is to find soft faux leather belts and neckties in the thrift stores and re-cut those. Neckties are slippery, but you can stitch a couple pieces of velcro or suede inside to help. Some belts have pretty embroidery or interesting punched holes in them and the multi-strand thin braided ones work great.
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