Sunday, March 23, 2014

Infinity: DIY Tendy Jersey Headband

Infinity Headband

To get started, make sure you have your prepared fabric strip as shown HERE.


The infinity is going to require almost 2 times the amount of fabric as the previous two headband. To create this look, wrap the sewn fabric strip around your head, twist at your forehead and bring ends to the nape of neck.
At this point, you have a few options:
1. you can align the ends and sew them together to create a secure headband.
2. If you have enough fabric at the ends, you can just tie and knot at the nape of your neck.
The infinity headband can be worn traditionally or as a turban.

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Tied: DIY Trendy Jersey Headband

Tied Headband

To get started, make sure you have your prepared fabric strip as shown HERE.

The tied is the easiest of all. To prepare, you will need the previously sewn strip of fabric the diameter of the wearers head plus 5 inches.

 Turn your fabric so that seam is on the outer edge closest to you. Using a straight edge, create an angled cut. Do the same for the other end.

The great thing about jersey is that is does not fray so you will not have to treat or sew the ends of the headband.

Note: You may want consider adding a backstitch at the end of each seam since when we cut the angle at the end, we also cut the thread.

And that is it. Simple!

This is one of Ryann's favorites! The benefit is that it will grow with her since it is adjustable.

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Top Knot: DIY Trendy Jersey Headband

Top Knot Headband
To get started, make sure you have your prepared fabric strip as shown HERE.

Take your strip of tied fabric and create a loop near the end. After you have created a knot the size you want, the fabric strip the appropriate length.

Line up the ends, with the seam side facing out.

Sew a zigzag stitch to secure the ends. Make sure you backstitch to keep the stitch entact.

At this point, you will want to "slide" your knot down so that in covers the seam entirely. This will give the back of the headband a "seamless" look.

Ta-dah!  A cute, clean and simple headband.

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Intro: DIY Trendy Jersey Headbands

I promised a follow-up tutorial with directions to create a DIY Tied Jersey Headband. Well... I got over zealous and decided to create three variations. 

What You Need:
Jersey Fabric (the neon pink I used is from Hobby Lobby)
Matching thread (I used white so you could see the seams)
Scissors or a rotary cutter
Pins (optional)
Sewing Machine (unless you are willing to undertake hand sewing)

Prepping for all 3:

Cut a LONG (mine is a yard and a half) strip of fabric 6 inches wide.

Fold your strip of fabric in half down the length.

 Jersey fabric has a tendency to wiggle and stretch so I pinned the fabric to help keep in in place as I sewed.

I used a zigzag stitch so that the seam would give a little when stretched.

Your sewn fabric will look similar to the when sewn.

The next step is turning the "tube" of fabric inside out so the seam is concealed on the inside. (Tip: Use your scissors to gather the fabric so that you can turn it inside out.)

Adjust you seam so that it lines up down the center of the fabric.

Now your ready to decide which style you want to make first:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Jersey Sailor Knot Headband

I have had my eye the ever popular knotted headbands I have seen plastered all over Etsy and Instagram. I have not, however, been motivated to spend $12+ on a headband I knew I could probably pull off myself. Hence, another Spring Break DIY project.

What you do:

  Grab an old t-shirt that has a little stretch to it. The one I used was an old v-neck that has been hiding at the bottom of my drawer for too long.

Cut 2 strips using a rotary cutter or scissors. I cut each strip 3 inches wide.
Carefully stretch out each loop. If your shirt has seams, make sure you stretch them towards the ends of your loops as they will eventually be cut off.
Lay first loop as shown above.
Lay second loop on top of the 1st loop.

Loop ends through as shown above.
Carefully pull the ends to tighten the sailor knot.
You can play with the knot a little until you achieve the look you want.
At this point, I lined up the ends of each side of the knot and matched them to the opposite end.
After getting all ends lined up, I sewed two rows of small zigzag stitches through all eight layers of jersey. I measured my daughters head in advance to ensure a snug fit. (If you don't sew, you can hot glue the 8 strips together and conceal it with a loop of matching fabric.)
After sewing, I trimmed off the excess off the end and cut the corners at an angle to keep the tips of the fabric from peeking out.
This is what your seam will look like from the outside and is how it will appear when worn.
Finished Product...Success!!!
Even though her face does not show it, Ryann loves her new headband. She was sad because it was raining and she wanted to play outside. At least she is styling in her new sailor knot headband.

Want More DIY Headbands?

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Chocolate Chip Paleo Pancakes

My family loves pancakes! When we aimed to eat a Paleo diet 6 months ago, I mourned the loss of pancakes from my diet. That was, however, until I started to experiment with a Paleo friendly version. After countless attempts and tweaks, I think I have found a delectable solution to our pancake problem.

What you need:
4 eggs room temp
1/2 cup+ 1Tbsp almond milk or coconut milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp honey or pure maple syrup
2 very ripe mashed bananas
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda 
1/8 tsp salt
Handful of dark chocolate chips

Optional Toppings: fresh strawberries, bananas slices, nuts, macadamia nut butter or more chocolate chips 

What you do:
1. Whip 4 room temperature eggs with your stand mixer (or had mixer) until frothy.
2. Stir in almond milk, vanilla extract, honey and mashed bananas. Mix well.
3. In a separate bowls sift the coconut flour, baking soda and salt. 
4. Combine wet and dry ingredients. (Note: coconut flour is very absorbent and batter will be thicker than traditional pancake batter)
5. Toss in chocolate chips and stir.
6. Spoon 1/4 cup of batter onto cooking surface for each pancake.

The pancakes will be delicate so be careful when flipping. 

Yield: 5 medium sized pancakes

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