DIY Wire Headbands

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Do you love American Apparel?

*raises hand*

Do you cry every time they ring up your total?

*sob* *raises hand*

American Apparel is one of my most favorite stores in the whole world.  I bought two dresses last time I shopped there.  I don’t have anywhere to wear these dresses (I wear them all the time actually.  Better overdressed than underdressed or something like that).  I think I had the whole “I’ll wear this on a date!” idea in my head.  Until, you know, I didn’t go on any dates.

I have a whole point to this guys.  I saw these wire headbands at American Apparel (when I was buying said dresses).  I fell in love with them.  Especially a white one with black polka dots.  It spoke to me.

But the price did not.  Maybe if I only wanted to buy 1.  But I wanted to buy all the prints.

And then I realized how incredibly easy they would be to make!  Please keep in mind: I am no advanced sew-er.

(I was going to write “sewer” until I realized that made it seem like I was a dark underground tunnel full of waste and then I got sad.  When I say “sew-er”, I mean somebody that sews.)

(In case you couldn’t figure that out.)

To hand sew mine, it took an hour.  It would probably take half that time with a sewing machine.  Which I have.  Which is in the back of my closet.  Which may or may not work depending on the day (and how the user handles the situation).

So I opted to hand sew.  It’s up to you.

Materials:

1/4 yard of fabric–I recommend cotton or something easy to sew!

Matching thread

Needle or sewing machine

Tape measure

Pencil or white colored pencil

22 gauge (floral) wire

Scissors

Jewelry pliers (optional)

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Got it?!  Good!  You’re ready to go.

First, begin by measuring and cutting fabric.  Measure it at least 32 inches long and about 4 inches wide for a 2 inch wide headband.  It may be a little under 2 inches for seam allowance.  If you’re dead set on the final headband being 2 inches wide, make it about 4.5 inches wide at first.

 NOW BE SMART UNLIKE ME.  Keep it one piece and fold it over so you only have to sew up one side.  I was dumb.  I cut it in half.  I had to sew up two sides.  DON’T DO THAT GUYS.

Just fold the fabric in half so that the good sides of the fabric are touching (you know it’s the good side if it’s the pretty side.  If it looks faded, it’s the bad side.  Hard to tell with black!).  Make sure to fold it hotdog style.

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Now measure your wire about two inches longer than your fabric.  Twist each side into a loop.  You can use pliers or your fingers.  I used my fingers which is a little pokey, but you could probably live through it.  Make sure there are no sharp points on the wire that could pierce through your skeleton and into your brain.

Wow, sorry.

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Cut each side into this shape, at an angle.  You don’t really have to do it, but it looks better.  I traced one side with a white colored pencil, cut it out, and then used the scraps to trace the other end and cut it out.  Make sense?

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Sew it up!  But not all the way guys.  Just chill.

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Sew it until there are about two inches left in the middle.  Make sure it’s the middle so that when you finish sewing it up, the stitches are less noticeable.

Then flip it the right side out.  Just push the fabric through the middle hole and use a chop stick or your fingers to get it all the way through.  It’ll work.  I promise.  It might just take a few minutes.

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Put the wire through the hole in the center.  Bend it around so that the loops are at the end points.

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Stitch up the hole in the center.

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At this point, you’re going to want to find the loops through the fabric.  Then make a little stitch inside the loop so that the wire doesn’t move around to the middle of the headband.  This is optional, but very helpful.  If you use a matching thread, you won’t even notice the little stitch!

Then just twist is around your head!

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You can twist the little end points into a knot…

*queue sultry look apparently*

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…Or put the endpoints under your hair so that it’s flat on top…

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…or wear it Matilda style!  Which is my fave.

Reasons why these headbands rock:

1. They can be manipulated into many different styles.

2. They’re easy and you can pick your own fabrics.

3. They actually stay in place all day.

4.  The best reason.  No headache!  They don’t squeeze your noggin.  It’s a frickin miracle!

Let me know what you think of these you guys.  If you have questions, please ask.  Sometimes it can be difficult to explain these things over a blog!

XO Sara

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