Saturday, February 4, 2012

Guest Post: Craft Geek- DIY Fleece Headband

So I won’t lie I did do a bit of a happy dance when Courtney asked me to do a guest post! I am happy to be here sharing a tutorial for a fleece ear warmer/headband tutorial. I came up with the idea one morning after walking the dog, it was a hard freeze morning and when I am walking by myself I tend to not wear my hood so I can still look around and be aware of my surroundings. Needless to say my ears were super cold by the time I got back inside. I decided then and there that I was going to figure out how to make a fleece ear warmer/headband so I got to work!

I started by making a pattern for the headband and it was super easy to make. I took a piece of cardstock and laid a stretch 2” headband I have down on top of the cardstock. I then traced around it to the shape I wanted. I started with the bottom being the same width as the headband I was tracing then I flared out about ½” on each side for the remainder until I had finished tracing the headband. Cut it out and set it aside while you pull out your fleece.

*Side note: making your own patterns for headbands and bows is super easy if you use some cardstock or even some paper grocery bags & recycling is always great! *
This project is great for extra fleece that you have on hand. I had some scraps from making a blanket and since you only need about a 3” by 12” piece (give or take) it is a great scrap project. I would only recommend fleece or a knit for this project but fleece is the better option for warmth and it does not fray.

Now once you have your fleece cut there are two options to connect the pieces if you want to sew the ends together you can but I felt like using my machine to make a button hole so that is what I did.

After my buttonhole was sewn and cut I sewed on the button. At this point you are done if you want a plain ear warmer but plain is not really something I do so I decided to add some embellishments to my warmers. On my black I did an orange tulle rosette and some cute orange and pink buttons. The black one allowed me to finally do something about my recent orange obsession!

Now you are all done and ready to rock your ear warmer while walking your dog, snowboarding, running, or whatever your heart desires.

Thanks Courtney for having me, I hope your vacation is great!
Craft Geek
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