Whether you have long hair, short hair, or no hair, a headband is an accessory that's easy to wear. For those of you with gender-blind wedding parties, this can be a cute little statement piece “tie”-ing the looks of your groomsladies to the looks of your bridesdudes, for example.
Here's how to turn a necktie into a headband.
- Matching or coordinating thread
- Needle or sewing machine (I tend to machine sew, but this is easy enough to hand-stitch)
Step 1: Measure about 20-22inches of the skinny end of your necktie and cut.
Step 2: Cut pointy end off necktie.
Step 3: Cut two inches of elastic.
Step 4: Turn cut edges of necktie in.
On the formerly pointy end, this should be easy. On the other end, you may need to fold the fabric back and remove about an inch of the padding material to make turning in easier.
Step 5: Center elastic in the opening, placing half an inch in each side and pin in place.
Try it on. If it's too tight, loosen the elastic and/or cut a larger piece and try again. If it's too loose, tighten the elastic, and/or cut a bit more from the tie.
Step 6: Once it's a good fit, stitch each edge of the necktie closed, catching the elastic. Use backstitching or a second row of stitches to ensure good hold on elastic.
This is a simple way to tie a lot of looks together. It's also easy to size down for kidlets, and don't let the rest of the “tie” go to waste! There are lots of projects for recycling ties — even turning the remaining “fat half” of the tie into a clip-on version.
If you want to hide the elastic for some reason, you can cut the whole thing another inch and a half or so longer and then slide the entire elastic inside, stretching it as you stitch down the center of it, to encase it in the fabric of the tie but still get the effects of the stretchiness.
Will you tie one on your gorgeous head? Tell us how you'll make this look your own in the comments below.