DIY wide knit headband: video tutorial + pdf pattern!

DIY wide knit headband

Download your DIY wide knit headband pattern PDF here!

A brand new year always feels good. But so do disgustingly easy freebie patterns that take no time to finish at all. Even better is that you may even be able to complete this with some kind of stretchy fabulousness that you already have in your fabric stash. Oh, and don’t even think that you will be measuring ANYTHING for this, because I’ve already made a cute pdf pattern piece for you that is ready to be printed and cut. Only ONE pattern piece. That means only ONE single sheet of letter-sized paper to print out.

New Year = WINNING.

Oh but wait, there’s more! Not only are the written instructions included in the downloadable PDF, I’ve also created a video tutorial for this pattern making it THAT much easier for people who sew at any level.

YOU get a video tutorial. And YOU get a video tutorial.

EVERYBODY GETS A VIDEO TUTORIAL!!!!!!!!!!

AND, as I mention in the video, if you can follow the instructions to make this wide knit headband then you already know the EXACT steps to making your own circle scarf or infinity scarf. Click here for DIY circle scarf video tutorial.

I know you guys. You are so welcome!

Be sure to share your finished headbands with the hashtag #wideknitheadband on Instagram or Twitter so we can all see your awesome finished projects!

Enjoy + Happy New Year!!!! ^_^

xo, Raven

sewing tip #2: using the floor as a measuring tool

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Totally not kidding here. I have used this quirky method numerous times while out shopping for fabric. I’d say this tip is actually another ode to architecture school; using everyday objects around you to get an idea of scale.

What?

If you have ever looked at a photograph of someone that was really difficult to gauge their height or maybe couldn’t figure out how big a painting was in the picture, it helps to try to pinpoint another object in the photo that you are very familiar with the typical dimensions of. This could be a standard mailbox or a bike, for example. By comparing what you do know alongside what you don’t, you get a real idea of how large or small the object in question is. That is scale.

Here’s a fabric related example. Have you shopped online for fabric and ever often noticed how many online retailers will photograph their printed fabrics with a coin set on top of them? This too is used to give you an idea of the scale of a fabric pattern they’re trying to sell. Sure, it’s hard to tell the size of a polka-dot print fabric you can’t see in person, but you know exactly how big a quarter is. Knowing this, you can make a pretty good guess how large or small those dots are. Still, it’s always a smart idea to order a swatch of fabric reasons beyond pattern size.

Anyway, I really want to talk about the floor (floor tiles, specifically) and the idea of using existing things around you to aid in measurement.

I don’t know about you, but I never think to bring a tape measure with me to the fabric store. Most of us wouldn’t, right? But sometimes I grab a fabric bolt that doesn’t appear to have much left on it and I’d really like to know how much yardage is remaining before I stand in that insanely long line to the cutting table. Other times I will grab a cute fabric wrapped on a ridiculously long, unlabeled cardboard tube…..but how long IS it though?!?

I’ll help you out.

Most large chain craft stores like JoAnn Fabric, Hobby Lobby, and others, have the same generic white-speckled floor tiles which are measured at 1’x1′ (or 12″x12″). A single yard of fabric is 36″ (inches) in length, which equals 3 of these white tiles. I’ve simply rolled out the fabric bolt above the floor just to get an idea of the yardage I need for a project. You may think this is silly, but it has saved me on a number of occasions at these stores.

Watch and learn, kids.



 

Amazed yet? Probably not. But my sewing project tip #3 still awaits!

Have a great rest of your week, friends.

inked denim shorts

Pair of shorts I bought last week from Forever21 ($13.50) Pics taken on layover in Denver, CO while 100 degrees outside….seriously!!

I would consider getting a tattoo only if there was a special ink that would fade after about a year. I’m too fickle for anything permanent on my body, and I guarantee after 2 months (or less) I’d have major regret. However, that’s not my point. I thought it would be cool to take the tattoo concept onto a pair or denim jeans or shorts. You can easily create something unique and stylish. However when you grow tired of this ink, you simply take them off or donate them. I like this option much better.

What you’ll need:

Tape (I used painter’s tape)
Cardboard or newspaper (to place underneath the denim surface you’re painting on)
Multi-surface acrylic paint
Golden GAC900 (turns regular acrylic paint into washable fabric paint)
Paint brushes
Old pillowcase or muslin fabric

an Iron

Optional items:

X-acto knife (I used this to make the tape narrower in some places for my design to avoid buying varied widths of painter’s tape)


Instructions:

1. Create your design. Use painter’s tape cover the areas that will NOT be in your chosen color.
2. Place your piece of cardboard or newspapers under the area you will be painting.
3. Mix 1 part acrylic paint to 1 part GAC 900. Paint within the taped lines (or free hand)
4. Let dry for 1 hour before adding a second coat (optional)
5. When finished, let dry for 24 hours then heat set your fabric for 3-5 minutes in a well ventilated area (using iron + old pillowcase). Do NOT use steam!
6. Wear them. It’s recommended that you wait 4 days before you wash them, and turn them inside-out before you dry them.

**Side notes: I started to use a spray fabric paint (hence the newspaper and plastic in the photo) but the can I bought didn’t spray correctly. Luckily I tried it on newspaper first and it splattered everywhere!  I opted for the paint brushes and acrylic paint instead. But it may work out for you. I’ve only used black so far, but if you are choosing to use a bright color I suggest painting your first coat white as a primer first to help your color show its best.

black girls DO blush

Okay so I secretly started a YouTube channel months months ago now with a few hand-sewing technique how-tos as well as a do-it-yourself circle scarf tutorial. It has since had 2,000+ views and 22 subscribers!! These may be lowball stats to you, but I’m totally stoked!

After linking the video on BurdaStyle, I was notified by a fellow seamstress in the UK that used my tutorial as an extra accessory to her green printed coat she made herself! See her awesome handiwork here.

And just recently this YouTube user, Miss made her own gorgeous scarf from my tutorial and created a video response *blush*

I’m not even going to lie and tell you when the next time I’ll do another tutorial. This one was some work!! But I’ve had lots and lots of positive feedback, so I’m glad it’s been helpful to you all!!

Also, if this at all inspires you to get into the diy-ing mood…

(ummm, yes YOU)

IFB, Independent Fashion Bloggers, created a user submitted list of fashionable DIY projects across the internet (61 to be exact). Just click here to check them out. Be inspired and introduce yourself to new blogs in the process!

xoxo

knock-offs and designer impostors

Good LAWD does anyone remember those awful Designer Impostor deodorant body sprays? Those were all the rage in my middle school back in the day. After gym class, the ladies locker-room ALWAYS reeked of a funk, Vanilla Fields, and wanna-be Tommy Girl perfume medley.

But actually that outdated subject brings me to this bag. I’m sure it’s official – American Apparel hates me. I knocked off their medium leather carry-all pouch too. I picked up a plum faux snake-skin-like fabric from JoAnn to make this simple clutch.

Check out the simple tutorial on Style Scrapbook’s blog to make your own. I added a lining on the inside to make it extra fancy.

In my defense, technically AA is knocking off the ‘pencil bag’. Right?

diy circle scarf tutorial

The DIY Circle Scarf tutorial vid is finally up! As promised, I want to teach you everything you need to know to make your own. You will need to know:

What is a selvage edge
The right and wrong side of the fabric
What is a seam allowance
How to sew the slip stitch

For those that will be sewing the entire project by hand:

How to thread your needle
How to sew the running stitch or back stitch


A few things worth mentioning:

  • For mine, I used 2 yards of fabric. (I highly recommend this especially if you’re using a non-stretchy fabric and to double-wrap it comfortably around your neck.)
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  • If you are hand sewing your scarf as a beginner, just know that you will have to re-thread your needle several times since you are working with a lot of fabric – this is normal. When you are close to running out of thread on your needle, simply knot-off, re-thread your needle, and continue where you left off.
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  • New sewers: 45″ is an common fabric bolt width and you won’t have any trouble finding it. My fabric was originally 58″ in width and I cut it down when I got home. When shopping for your fabric, don’t hesitate to ask any of the ladies at the fabric cutting counter if you need help. That’s why they are there!
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  • If you decide to use a jersey or another stretchy type of fabric, definitely use the back stitch if sewing by hand. The overlapping stitches not only provide strength, but it adds flexibility when the fabric is stretched during use. If you are using a sewing machine, be sure to stretch the fabric slightly as you sew. This also ensures that you don’t start popping stitches if you stretch your scarf a lot during use.
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  • Some fabrics (like most jersey) don’t have an obvious right and wrong side. If thats the case, just designate one side as right and the other as wrong.
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  • If you are curious, I used non-stretchy rayon fabric for my circle scarf.

Alright kids. So that should be it! If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or shoot me a message. And if you make one of these for yourself, please do send me a link!! I’d love to see it 🙂