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Keep your mane under control while looking cool this summer with these colourful headbands.

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Hand Dyed Batik fabrics used in stores now.

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What you need:

1m cotton fabric

15cm (6″)  of 2cm (3/4″) elastic

Scissors, pins, thread, safety pin, chalk pencil and a measuring tape
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What you do:

  • First, measure your head where you would like the headband to sit. See left image below.
  • Next, measure from the bottom of one ear to the bottom of the other as shown on the right.

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Example measurements:  Head = 56cm (22″) Ear to Ear = 33cm (13″)

  • For the top strip, add an extra 10cm (4″) to the ear to ear measurement.
  • Cut two strips 13cm (5″) wide (adjust this measurement if you’d like a thicker or thinner style) by the final ear to ear measurement (example size: 13cm x 23cm)
  • For the back elastic, add 5cm (2″) to the elastic length to allow for the fabric to gather, and cut one strip 20cm (8″) long x 5cm (2″) wide.
  • Fold each of your strips (the 2 large main ones and the one small elastic covering one) in half, lengthwise, with right sides touching. Pin all the way across, forming a tube for each

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  • Fold each strip in half lengthwise, with right sides together and press.
  • To shape the main strip to the size needed to attach back band, taper the edges to the size of the back band strip and curve to center along edges as shown.

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  • Use the newly cut tapered piece as a pattern guide for the second piece. Trace and cut.

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  • Now you should have two main tapered strips of fabric, and one back band strip for the elastic.

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  • Using matching thread, sew across the pinned tops making sure to back-stitch.

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  • Using a safety pin, pencil, and your fingers, turn each section inside out and iron.
  • Iron the main sections with the seams in the middle, as shown.

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  • Make an “X” with the two large tubes, seam sides facing up.

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  • Fold the bottom right section across and over to the top left.

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  • Then fold bottom left section across and over to the top right making sure that center overlapped portion lies flat.
  • Match the 2 left and 2 right ends together to create top headband.

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  • Sew elastic securely to one end of the top headband.

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  • Attach a safety pin to the free end of the elastic. Slide the back band strip over the elastic and gather it onto elastic covering the end attached to top headband.

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  • Fold raw edges of back band covering joined area and either hand or machine stitch in place.
  • Repeat for 2nd side.

 

  • And you’re done!

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Outdoor fabric is made for all your outdoor decorating needs. They’re attractive and durable and are water, mildew and stain resistant. But don’t limit your imagination to outdoor decor only…
Here’s a great idea:

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Keep your furry friends warm and comfortable with this easy no-sew project. A great place to have treats and take naps…

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What you need:
· fleece
· quilt batting
· grid ruler
· rotary cutter

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What you do:
You’ll need to determine the best size for your dog bed (see chart below).
1. Cut 2 rectangles of fleece adding 6″ (15cm) all the way around.

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2. With both pieces together, cut 1″ (2.5cm) strips, 3″ (7.5cm) long around all edges.

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3. Cut quilt batting to the size of the center (minus the 6″ (15cm) added). Center on top of the wrong side of one layer of fleece.

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4. Add the 2nd layer of fleece on top of the batting and double knot 1 strip from the top to the corresponding strip on the bottom along all edges.

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All Done!

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Optional:
Hand tack at regular intervals to secure all layers together.

Download instructions here

Super soft flannelette is a perfect fabric for beginner sewers and experts alike. There are so many uses … cozy PJs for chilly nights, rag quilts, receiving blankets, baby toys and crafts of all kinds.

How about this idea for a quick project and easy gift idea?

 

Super easy and super fun. New designs arriving all year long.

Click here for downloadable PDF version

 

 

Did you know that ready made cushion covers can become bags? If not, check out our previous post HERE.
It doesn’t stop with just bags…there are so many projects that can be made using ready made cushion covers. How about a handy travel knitting needle holder?

Download printable PDF instructions here.

Need more inspiration?

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Just want to change your decor? If so, new cushion covers are in stores now!

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Outdoor fabrics are not only used to cover patio furniture and make cushion covers but can also be used to create your own shady spot. Placed over a pool, garden space or patio area, outdoor shade sails block ultraviolet light and quickly change a too hot space into a cool area!

Make your own with these easy instructions:

 

Wide selection of new outdoor fabrics in stores now!

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