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This instructable will show you how to sew an elastic hair band and matching barrettes. This hair band will fit an adult; you can easily change this to fit a child.

You will need about 1/8 of a yard of fabric, two metal barrettes/ clips, and a six inch piece of soft elastic.
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Step 1: Preparing the materials

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On a piece of paper, trace around the barrettes. Then add about 1/4 inch all around to make the barrette pattern.

Cut fabric as follows for an adult-sized hairband

1 piece: 15 x 5.5 inches
1 piece: 10 x 2.5 inches
1 piece elastic: 6 inches
2 pieces of the barrette pattern. Then snip off about 1/4 inch from the "non-pointy" end, as shown in the picture.

Cut fabric as follows for a child-sized hairband

1 piece 15 x 5.5 inches
1 piece: 8 x 2.5 inches
1 piece elastic: 4 inches

Step 2: Sewing the hairband

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Fold the bigger hairband piece in half length-wise, right sides together. Press flat. Then sew a 1/4 inch seam along the open side to make a long tube. Turn, and press with the seam in the middle of the band.

Repeat with the smaller hairband piece.

Step 3: Insert the elastic

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Insert the elastic into the smaller tube until the end of the elastic is even with the end of the tube. Pin the elastic so it doesn't slide any farther. Scrunch up the tube to make the elastic even with the other end of the tube.

The easiest way to do this is with one of those little hooks they sell for the purpose of inserting elastic, but you could also use a safety pin on one end of the elastic, and pull it through with a crochet hook.

Sew both ends of the smaller tube to secure the elastic. You can sew right across the fabric, even though it's the "right side." It will be hidden in the next step.

Step 4: Sew the hairband together

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Lay the two tubes of fabric together, with the "right sides" (the sides where the seam doesn't show) together. Sew across, about 1/2 inch from the top.

Connect the other end the same way.
happy cat3 years ago
these look awesome. i remember me and my cousin went out shopping for ones exactly like these a few weeks ago. thank god we didnt find anything :p
Vandoodle4 years ago
thanks again!My girls helped as well, they are 13 & 15 and this was a great way to show them how to use the sewing machine!
Turrean (author)  Vandoodle4 years ago
Lovely! They look great!
Vandoodle4 years ago
Just made one of these! One of the easiest nicest looking headbands EVER! Thanks for posting!