Published on January 7th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe9
Tutorial: The 5 Minute Headband
I’m sure you guys have sorted out by now that I am crazy for upcycling neckties!
Part of my obsession is probably due to the humungo stash of vintage neckties that my friend Alicia gave me, but I also just love working with ties. They’re versatile, usually come in super fun patterns and colorways, and the shape lends itself to so many creative projects.
This necktie headband took me all of 5 minutes to make. Bing bang boom! Here’s how you can make your own.
- Vintage necktie
- Measuring tape
- Fabric scissors
- 2″ of skinny elastic (I reclaimed a piece from the waistline of a dress that I’m planning to refashion)
- Sewing machine and thread
1. Cut the skinny end of your necktie to 21″ long.
2. Fold the unfinished edge in by 1/2″ (you can choose to iron here, but I skipped it in the name of speed), and stick 1/4″ of one end of the elastic into that side of the tie. Pin into place.
3. On the other end of your tie piece, pin the elastic (about 1/2″ of overlap will do it).
4. On the side where you inserted the elastic into the fold, stitch across the opening to close it up and secure the elastic into place. On the end where the elastic overlaps the pointy end of the tie, use the zig zag stitch to sew up and down where the elastic and tie overlap.
5. Trim off your excess thread, and you’re ready to accessorize!
You could fancy this headband up, if you want. Maybe you can make a fabric flower out of part of the necktie that you’re not using or use a freezer paper stencil to add a custom design.
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