VEL­VET HEADBAND

Mollie Makes - - MAKE IT -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

60 x 45cm (235/8 x 17 ") stretch vel­vet

(ours was from www.tex­tile­plaza.co.uk)

30cm (117/ 8") gros­grain rib­bon, 2.5cm (1") wide

Plain headband, 4cm (15/ 8”) wide

Glue gun Pins Lighter Bull­dog clips

Match­ing sewing thread

01 Cut three 60 x 15cm (235/8 x 6") strips of vel­vet. Fold each strip in half along the length with right sides (RS) to­gether, then pin and sew the long raw edges us­ing a 1cm ( 3/8") seam al­lowance. Leave the short edges open.

02 Press open the seam al­lowance on each of the strips, then turn through to the RS – a knit­ting nee­dle or sim­i­lar can come in handy for this. Place the three strips on top of each other, then se­cure at one short end with the bull­dog clip. Plait to­gether, start­ing by tak­ing the left strip over the top of the mid­dle strip, then the right strip over the mid­dle strip. Re­peat along the whole length of the fab­ric strips.

03 Hand-sew the three strips to­gether at each end to se­cure the plait in place, then pin each end of the plait onto the plain headband. To achieve a fuller look­ing plait, care­fully pull out each sec­tion slightly.

04 Use the glue gun to ap­ply glue across the top of the headband, then press the fab­ric plait onto the headband, keep­ing it cen­tral. 05 Once the glue has dried, fold the sides at each end of the plait to the in­side of the headband and sew in place.

06 Cut two 15cm (6") lengths of gros­grain rib­bon, then use the lighter to gen­tly burn each end of the rib­bon lengths for about a sec­ond – this will pre­vent fray­ing. Us­ing the glue gun,

and start­ing on the in­side of the headband, glue the rib­bon onto the ends of the plait, leav­ing a slight over­hang. Pull the rib­bon tight to smooth it out, then neatly stitch the ends of the rib­bon closed to fin­ish.

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