What can you do with the fabric scraps from your sewing projects?
It seems like elastic ties for hair are disappearing mysteriously in my home, a bit like socks in the washing machine. So, when I sew with stretch fabric, I use up some of the leftovers to make hair bands. I find that wide elastic bands are more gentle on my straight thin hair than the hair ties.
They also have the advantage that, if you are a detail maniac, your hair bands will always match your outfits!
They are very quick and straightforward to do, here’s how:
The first step is cutting out the fabric, you will need a 16 x 8 cm rectangle.
Fold the fabric in half on the long side wrong sides together, and press.
Then fold again the two halves towards the centre, and press. You should have 3 creases in the end, like in the picture.
Sew together the shorter sides, right side together with a plain straight stitch, do not forget to back-stitch. There is no need for a zig-zag or other elastic stitches as the sewing will not be in the direction of stress.
Now fold the extremities in.
To secure the band and prevent it from unfolding, use a straight stitch and sew over, or next to the first seam, and sew again right opposite to it.
I often carry them around on my arm, and use them whenever I go to the the gym or if it’s windy.