The Perfect Beginner Project–Headbands

headband1Here’s the first project we’ll be making on Saturday in my Scrap Exchange class, “Basic Sewing for Teens”.

Making a headband is a perfect introduction to sewing on a machine.  It uses the two main stitches that I teach to first-time students: straight stitch and zigzag.  headband_1alt

The project has only a few seams and they’re all straight.  And it needs lots of pressing–a prime sewing skill. 

Plus the Scrap Exchange is a Creative Reuse Center.  Headbands are a great way to use up all those leftover pieces of vintage ribbon and trim that are way too cool to throw away.  Here are some of the fun bits and pieces that I’ll be sharing in class.  headband_2

Credit goes to Bend the Rules Sewing for the inspiration this project.   Bend the Rules is one a new generation of super-fun sewing books that stress creativity over perfection.  That’s my kind of sewing! headband_3

I modified the design by stitching a drugstore hair loop in the end  and adding a button for easy on and off. headband_close

There are still a few spaces left in the class if you’re interested.  All materials are included.  Here’s the link for Basic Sewing for Teens:

It meets for two the next two Saturdays and the headband is just the beginning.  Students will also design and sew a second project–their choice of a tote bag or a scraf.

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