Fabrics For Sale Sweatband Tutorial
It’s the summer of sports!
We kicked off with Euro ’16, today sees the start of Wimbledon and the Olympics are due to take place in August. With so much going on, we’ve whipped up a quick tutorial to make our own sweatbands so that we can join in with all the fun and games.
It’s super simple. Even our novice sewers in the marketing team managed to knock it up.
We used 1.5cm width elastic and our terry cloth cotton 5BL006 ( also available in black 6A001), a pair of fabric scissors, some pins and an overlocker. This can be done using a standard sewing machine however the overlocker is better at keeping the stretch in the fabric.
1. Measure your selected body part – head, wrists, arms, ankles, etc, and cut a length of elastic that is 2 or 3 cm smaller. Then measure your fabric for a rectangle that is the length of your measured body part and double the width of the elastic (add a couple mm extra to be safe). We cut this along the width of our fabric as this gave us more stretch.
2. Fold the fabric in half, lining up your edges with the fabric wrong side out. Join these edges using your overlocker. Because the overlocker tends to cut off excess fabric, here’s where your extra mm’s come in handy.
3. Attach your elastic to one end of your now tube shaped fabric with a safety pin, so that when you pull it right side out, your elastic will go more easily inside the tube.
4. Once right side out, you will notice a seam running along the length your tube; bring the ends of your elastic and tube together, with that seam on the outside of the loop. Overlock together these ends to complete the loop.
5.All that’s left to do it turn it so that the seams are on the inside of the loop and, TA DA! Sweatband is complete. Get it on and get going!
The great thing about this terry cloth fabric is that it is absorbent, stretches with the elastic, and because we used white we’ll fit in easily at the Wimbledon. We can even dye it different colours different sporting events.
If you’re now wondering about the rest of your outfit for Wimbledon, check out our Wimbledon Whites Collection.