By request, I am doing a braided headband tutorial. For this headband I used stretchy t shirt material. You can use cotton just at easily!! The stretch material just gives it extra "give" for better fit somtimes.
For this project you need:
Three strips of your chosen material about 14 inches long. It doesn't need to end up that long, but it gives a little room for mistakes and for finishing the ends.
Needle and thread
A few inches of matching ribbon
A hair elastic. The no-slip ones work great
Any embellishment you choose. Plain can be nice too!
I start out by sewing together the ends of my three strips. I pull them first so that they roll up..
To hold in place while I braid, I safety pin the end to a pillow or something nearby.
I start out braiding, and I stretch the strips as I go. That way when you're done, and it retains it's shape, it's a nice tight braid. Keep going, keeping your fingers right below what you just braided.
I braid until it's long enough to go from behind one ear lobe to the other on my head. Holding you braid firmly so it doest lose it's tightness, sew the end just like at the beginning. Now, I firmly tack with needle and thread, the hair elastic to both ends. Make sure its firm so it wont snap!!
To hide that area, I use a little bit of ribbon. I hot glued the end so it covers both elastic and the end of the braid, and wrap it around. tuck the edge of the ribbon under and hot glue that down. Do both ends and it's done!
Hope that makes sense??? For this one in the pic I did two braids and twisted them before sewing on my elastic. I added a navy blue ribbon bow with a little anchor charm. Nautical is HOT this summer!!
There you have it, folks!! Anything you don't understand, let me know.
Also, while im here, what do you think of my new necklace??? I'm eventually going to add a chain intead of the ribbon I think...