I hate to get rid of clothes that are shrunken or beat up because I know they can become headbands and pillows and scarfs and all sorts of things. So I rescued an old ripped up flannel from a trip to the trash and made a cute headband!
This headband is so easy that it could be done on any type of sewing machine. But beware, if you tell people that you have a sewing machine, you’ll likely be asked to repair piles of ripped pants. At least that’s what happens to me.
I didn’t feel like making a trip to a craft store to buy elastic, so I made a trip to my bathroom and picked up a hair tie instead! I’m sure someone has done this before but for the moment I felt like a total genius.
- Unwanted Flannel Shirt or other Piece of Fabric
- 1 Elastic Hair Tie
- Coordinating Thread
- Cut your fabric into a rectangle 22″ by 4″. Flannel is great for this because it has built in guidelines for even cuts. If you’re making this for a little tot, you’ll want to cut the length down by a couple inches.
- Fold the fabric in half and pin it down. Run a seam down the length of it about 1/4 of an inch from the edge.
- Turn the fabric right-side-out.
- Iron flat with the seam running down the middle.
- Fold each end in a half an inch. Then do the same thing again so that each end is folded twice.
- Stick an elastic hair tie under the fold and sew it closed. Use a triple stitch or go over it a couple times to make sure it’s very secure.
- Then attach the other side of the fabric to the same hair tie using the same method.
- Don't limit yourself to flannel, lots of different fabrics would work for this.