About a month ago I shared this picture when I blogged about going to our BFG girls book exchange...
At the party, my book was stolen the maximum number of times - and although it was a great book - I have a feeling it had more to do with the wrapping :) I thought it looked too plain in just the brown paper and so I threw on a braided headband I had made earlier. No one believed me when I said how easy it was and that I had made it out of old clothes - so I thought I'd share today just how easy it is!
When I clean out my closet I typically donate a bunch, but keep some with interesting fabrics/colors to use in crafting. I pulled these shirts out of my stash yesterday and ended up only using the old pool cover-up on the top left.
I cut nine strips and no.... the width doesn't matter. This fabric was really "gauzey" and so I made them a little wider. They don't have to be even or straight or anything like that.
Once they were cut, I braided them.... so I had three braids. If you wanted your headband to only have two braids - only cut 6 pieces.... if you wanted 4 braids, cut 12 strips, etc.
I sewed the braids to the elastic.... except after I took this pic my machine got jammed and I had to rethread the entire thing. So if you decide to make one, put the elastic on top and it will be easier to sew.
I sewed one end to the elastic and then put it around my head to measure. After I figured out how long it needed to be I sewed the other ends down to the elastic.
When you're done it's time to take horrible selfies of yourself wearing it! You can smoosh all the braids together to make one wide band...
I love this project because there really are endless options. You could do all the same color fabric, you could braid the three braids together, you could use multiple strips to make up one strand of your braid, etc. I've used t-shirts before as well and they work really well too.
If you don't have a sewing machine, you could easily hand sew the braids to the elastic as well!
So, go find some old clothes and start braiding! :)