I’m always trying to find a use for anything I have leftover from a project. I’m sure it comes from many years throughout college and after where I survived on a Top Ramen diet, like many of you I’m sure. And now its just ingrained in me to reuse, recycle and renew. That’s where a lot of this blog comes from and that’s exactly how today’s project came about.
After finishing the fabric covered canvas art work I did the other day, I ended up with a lot of thin pieces of scrap material. So I decided to make this cute fabric fishtail, Boho-Chic headband. And I’m so happy I did as I think it came out super cute. Even The Hubby commented on how nice it looks
Here’s what you’ll need:
6 pieces of different patterned fabric (1″ width x 40″ length) . (Note: There are 7 pieces pictured below, please ignore that…my mistake, haha. Also, because I was using scraps, mine weren’t 40″ in length so I sewed two 20″ pieces together). 40″ in length is a lot and you will probably end up with a bit leftover that you’ll end up cutting off, however…better safe than sorry, right?
A plain headband, without teeth, as shown below
Step 1: Cut 1″ x 40″ pieces of fabric.
Step 2: Fold pieces in so each edge is touching the other and sew a zig zag stitch down the length. Note: Use un-matching thread so your zig zag stitch really stands out against the material. For light material, use a dark thread and for dark material use a light thread. Use all different kinds to get really fun, creative look.
Step 3: Apply glue to inside bottom of one side of your headband. Then glue one end of each piece of fabric, layer by layer, onto the end of your headband. Let dry completely before moving onto the next step.
Step 4: Divide the six strands so you have 3 on each side of your band. Take your top outer pieces and cris-cross them over the front of the band and behind, leaving those pieces as the bottom pieces in your order as shown below.
Step 5: Repeat the process for the entire headband making sure to keep the fabric pulled neat and tight.
(Note: Don’t worry about it being perfect and especially don’t worry about any pieces of thread popping out, that just adds to the BoHo-Chic look.)
Step 6: Once you reach the end of your band, fold your extra fabric under the end of the band to about the same length as you did in the starting position. The cut the extra length off.
Step 7: Apply the glue and material to the band in the same fashion as you did in step 3. See next picture below for visual.
Each end should look like this with the end pieces of fabric folded over and glued in place where the red arrows indicate.
Your fishtail braid should look like this on top…
…and underneath as well.
And presto…you have a pretty new headband and you wasted less 🙂 Big smiles!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please stop back by and share if you make one yourself.
Have a Fab You Bliss day!
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