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No Slip, Comfy Grip, Easy Peasy Headbands

September 22, 2010

I was at an expo that was part of a 1/2 marathon weekend recently when one of my running friends escorted me to a booth selling no-slip headbands. My friend picked one up, held it out to me and said, "Backwards engineer this."

There was not much engineering to be done - it was just a simple ribbon with a velvet back and 1/4" elastic sewn to it. And it was $15. Ok, here's where I admit I'm a little bit of a cheapskate. If I think I can make a thing (sometimes even if it will take me a long time and a great deal of thought) I will never pay for it, aside from supplies. I don't know why. I just can't help it. There was simply no way on earth I was going to pay $15 for something that required -  at most - $4 of raw materials. Especially because it was an insanely easy thing to make. Plus, I didn't even know if they really were non-slip or not. (It turns out they really, really are.)

So, here's how to make my version:

1. Cut 2 lengths of ribbon 14" long. 

2. Cut 2 lengths of Velvet Ric Rac Ribbon 14" long

3. Cut 1 piece of 1/4" elastic 7" long

(These measurements are for an adult noggin - you may want to adjust for kids or bigger/smaller heads.)

4. Stitch the 2 pieces of Velvet Ric Rac Ribbon side-by-side on one of the pieces of regular ribbon. This will be the interior of your headband. If you wish, you can use a basic ribbon like a grosgrain for your backing and save that extra fashion ribbon for another yummy project (or a second headband for a friend).


5. Place your 2 pieces of fashion ribbon right sides together with your elastic sandwiched in the middle. Stitch each end.


6. Flip your ribbon right side out and edge stitch the two pieces of fashion ribbon together along each long side.



No joke, it took me longer to type this than it does to make one. I have field tested these numerous times, and the one shown here (which I made last night) was immediately used for an hour long run, and never moved! Hooray!


This is a great project for kids or new stitchers - because it's so easy, quick and useful, it's a great way to build sewing confidence.

While the impetus for this project came from a runner's need to tame a flyaway mane, these headbands can be made with adorable flowers and butterflies for the perfect fairy hair accessory, or you can add a bit of glitz to glam it up for a special event or night on the town. I suspect many of my friends will be receiving these for holiday gifts this year!




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1 Comment

Thanks! I'm going to make a couple. I'm like you. Since I've started getting into sewing two years back, everything I pick up, I deconstruct in my head. I looked at some beautiful scarves at a Fair which were $70. Then I ran to the fabric store, got $5 worth of material, and headed for my serger to do the same thing.
And thanks for giving all the detailed instructions.

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