Recently, I thrifted the cutest dress.. only to get home and discover it had an irremovable stain (don't you hate that?). Rather than simply discard the dress, I decided to use the fabric to make a cute, turban style headband. You need a stretchy fabric for the headband, so the jersey material of this dress was perfect.
First, I cut the fabric piece out of the back of the dress:
Next, I measured and cut 20" x 5" strips of fabric (I would have gone a little longer than 20", but that was all I could get out of the dress.) :
Then I folded the strips over and pinned them along the open edges:
After I had the strips ready, I sewed a zig zag stitch along the pinned edges:
After sewing the edges, I turned the strip tubes right-side in. Then, I laid one strip with the seam face up and one with the seam face down, overlapping each other as shown below. Fold the strips over and line up the edges to sew.
After I lined up the edges, I sewed a straight stitch across to secure the two strips together. Be sure to go over it a few times, both front and back-stitching. Once you've sewed the strips together, trip off the excess fabric and flip over so the seam is on the outside.
When you're done, it should look something like this:
Before I did this project, I watched this tutorial video from The Crafty Gemini and it helped a lot. As I mentioned above, I wanted my headband to be looser than the one she made, but the dress only allowed me to get the 20" strip. Next time, I would probably do a 21" x 6".
This was a simple project, perfect for the beginner sewer. I can't wait to make more for myself and for the baby :)