It might seem silly to get excited about a basic sewing staple, but crafters are raving about colorful fold-over elastic from Dritz. The elastic is available in not-so-normal prints and has a variety of uses – from belts to suspenders to so much more. The elastic also offers a fun addition to other useful projects, such as headbands and notebook straps, like we'll show you how to create in this week's Make It blog.
- Dritz fold-over elastic, 1-inch and 5/8-inch
- Colored plain elastic, 1-inch
- Sewing supplies (hand or machine sewing, your choice)
- Straight pins
| 1. To make the headband, start out by unwinding your colored plain elastic. To find out the size you'll need for your child, take one end and place at the top of her head. Run the bunched end of the elastic and meet back at the top. Remove and measure. With your final measurement, subtract 1 inch and cut. This will keep the headband snug on the head. Depending on the type of hair your child has, try practicing getting the correct length with a scrap piece of elastic and adjust as necessary.
| 2. Cut a piece of fold-over elastic the same length. Fold the piece over one end of the colored elastic and pin. Sew into place. Join the ends of the elastic, overlapping 1/2-inch and sew together. /td>
| 3. With the same technique, get the measurement of your favorite notebook for just the fold-over elastic.
| 4. Sew shut and add to your notebook so your last spot is always easy to find.