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How to Make a Fabric Covered Headband

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There are a few ways of covering headbands using fabric and I think it is quite a novel idea,

Headbands are great to hold medium length hair securely in place and they are invaluable for keeping longer hair out of your eyes.

Then there are beaded and accessorised headbands that look good for evening wear.

 To cover a headband with fabric you will need one plain plastic headband, a piece of fabric in the style and colour that you want to wear, a needle and and a pair of scissors .

 Take the plain plastic headband and check if it has plastic teeth on the inside of it, if it has they need to be removed. Take a knife and run the blade along the bottom of the plastic teeth to get rid of them, usually they will come away fairly easily.

 Once the plastic headband has had those plastic teeth removed then it is ready to be covered.

Take a piece of paper and make yourself a template, start off by holding the headband at one end and roll it to the opposite end and at the same time use a pencil to draw the template.

Once you have finished that task you should have a diagram that includes the length and the width of the headband drawn onto the piece of paper.

 You need to allow for your seams so you will need to take your pencil and make the flat drawing of the headband larger all the way around by at least a half an inch.

Once you have enlarged the template then cut it out ready to attach to the piece of fabric.

 The template needs to be pinned to the fabric but you need to cut the fabric on the bias, this means that you pin it crosswise rather than lengthwise. When fabric is cut on the bias it is far easier to move about.

 Take one end of the headband and tuck one end of the piece of fabric under and secure it, once the first end is tucked in and in place then you can start to work along the length of the headband stitching as you go. The stitching will be on the underside of the headband in the centre where the row of plastic teeth originally were.

As you work along make sure that you turn the edges in neatly and secure them firmly with your needle and thread.

Once you reach the other end of the headband then tuck the end in and sew it down firmly.

 If you are sewing the fabric into place using a needle and thread then you will be able to pull the fabric into position and get a good tight finish.

You can machine a sleeve for a headband but I find that the finish is far looser and the finished effect is not as good.

 Once you have covered the headband then you can decorate it however you want to, you can add beads or bows, ribbons, or ribbon roses.

If you are covering a headband to wear for a special occasion then you can add a fabric corsage or a single flower, they look especially good at weddings.

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