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Cyndi Johnson of Omaha submitted these easy headbands, saying once you master them you can make one for every outfit and every friend. She said she wears them to the gym every day and they never slip off her head. Johnson also said they wash easily (hang to dry) and are perfect for any age.
Ribbon (5/8-inch to 2-inch width)
Velvet ribbon (same width as other ribbon)
Elastic (1/4-inch to 3/8-inch width)
Measure head circumference to deter-mine finished headband measurement.
Subtract ˝ to 1 inch if you'd like a tighter fit.
Cut ribbon and velvet ribbon 2˝ inches shorter than desired finished measurement.
Cut elastic 3˝ inches (this allows for ˝-inch seam allowance on the ends of headband).
Singe the ends of the ribbon with a small flame (lighter or match). The ends can also be finished by folding under ˝ inch, however make sure to add extra length when cutting.
Lay ribbons with wrong sides together, and sew the long sides. Leave the ends open (Johnson uses a longer stitch length to avoid puckering along the edges).
Sandwich one end of the elastic between one of the ribbon and velvet ends and sew across. Johnson secures the ends of the elastic in the headband by stitching several times across the headband ends).
Insert the other end of the elastic in the remaining open end of the headband, adjust for fit as needed, and sew across.