Found this potential useful article for a few of our readers over at one of our followers blogs, Vintage Goddess in Training. Hope you find it helpful and be sure to check out her blog.
by Lady Cherry, Vintage Goddess in Training
I have seen those pretty little hair bands with bows in New Look, but there is no way I would pay GBP4.99 for something I could make for next to nothing. So here is a quick tutorial on how to make one yourself.
I keep any fabric scrap that I might be able to make something from, and this time it came in useful. I found a piece of Alexander Henry’s ‘tattoo’ fabric that would be just the thing. I measured out a length 100cm by 10cm. I recommend that you measure your own head though, and of course add a few centimetres, in order for you to make something that fits you!
Next, I cut a similar size of iron on interfacing to stiffen the fabric a little. It is really
worthwhile having some of this in your stash, because you never know when you are going to need it. The iron should be on a cool setting, and hold it on the interfacing for just a few seconds, otherwise it will melt.
Fold the fabric so that the right sides are together and pin it in place. Snip the ends
to make a prettier shape – I decided to make an arrow type shape, but these sides will be pinned together and stitched, so they need to be symmetrical and you need to bear in mind how it will look when it is finished.
When you have trimmed the ends to the desired shape, stitch along the outer edge, starting at the folded edge at one end. You need to stop before you stitch the other end, as you need to turn it the right way out. When it is the right way out, iron it and fold the remaining loose edges neatly under and pin. Stitch them together, neaten the ends and you are ready to wear!
You can double knot it, or single knot it and tuck the ends in. A couple of bobby pins will help to keep it in place. Apologies for the ‘more than a hint of cleavage; in the photo; Lord C was obviously enjoying the view too much to tell me to adjust my dress….men eh??
So there you have it guys and dolls – how to make yourself a rockabilly style hair band for a few pence in about twenty minutes. If you make one of these, please send me your photos and I will feature you in a post.
Source: Vintage Goddess in Training