Wednesday, December 16, 2009

holiday countdown: a quick(ish) gift that is (almost) too pretty to share and a giveaway!

My new motto is have sweaters will make something...I may have mentioned this before but I am not a knitter. I knit as well as I use chop sticks and let's just say you might not wanna sit with me when I am attempting to slurp up pho (i once threw a pair of chopsticks clear across an eatery, on purpose. I was frustrated). So, to assuage my lack of yarn art capabilities I have been looking to wool sweaters to see what I can come up with. Earlier this week I was in Anthropologie and saw these gorgeous crocheted headbands (I can't find them on the website, sorry) complete with flowers and I thought, hey...I can hack this and so I did.

What you need:
*wool sweaters that have been felted
*needle & thread (or machine)
*tape measure or ruler if you need specifics
*scissors

You can use one sweater or many depending on whether or not you want a monochromatic look or something a wee bit more colorful. Me? I went with color. Either way, you are gonna end up with four parts. Mix and match, you choose. Firstly, you will need a long strip at least 20" long and 4" wide. This will be your band. Sweaters stretch so make sure you cut it a wee bit smaller than you need. This is where the tape measure comes in handy.Now, you will need two smallish squarish pieces, these will be the bulk of your flower. Cut them into flower shapes, one smaller than the other. Set aside.
For the center of the flower you will need a thin strip of sweater at least six inches long and one inch wide. Pop it onto your machine and do a long running along the length of one long end. Hold one end of thread and tug a little to get your strip to curl up and ruffle a bit. It will look a little like a rosebud. Shape it to your liking and with a needle and thread tack it in shape and then stitch to the remaining to flower pieces that have been stacked with the smaller piece on top. You can wait to do this part and do it all at once as you stitch the flower to the band. Your choice.Fold your band in half, right (preferred) side facing in. Stitch the ends closed either by hand using a wip stitch or by machine using a zig-zag. Turn it right side out and decided where you want your flower to be in relation to the seam. I placed my flowers about 8" away. Depending on how you wear the band your flower may be worn up above one ear or down below the other. Versatile! Handstitch your flower to your band, put on some happy lipstick and dazzle your do with your headband and have a great day! Oh...or you can make up a bunch and give them as gifts this holiday season. I'm kinda having a hard time deciding. You probably wouldn't wear one if I gave it to you anyway, would you? Would you? Leave a comment telling me how you would wear your happy headband and I'll pick two delightful persons to receive one of their own. Thanks for stopping by!I'll pick the winners on Saturday and mail yer goodies out to ya on Monday...stay tuned!

21 comments:

  1. that's so pretty Jessica!! thanks for the idea!

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  2. I would TOTALLY wear this! I think I would choose to wear it with my hair up, a thrifted sweater, jeans and boots :) It's COLD here tonight! 19 degrees!

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  3. I would wear one to keep my ears warm, so kind of over my ears and the flower might be on the right or left depending on my mood or how rushed I was putting it on in the snow!

    I think you are so clever, I honestly have been looking at these at target but they were sooo ugly and kind of tight on my big head!

    I need to get my sewing machine fixed so I can make one for myself!
    sadly our local fix it place closed and the hunt is on to find another!

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  4. I'd wear it! I don't usually wear lipstick, but maybe if I had something fancy like this in my hair, I just might. But I'd still wear jeans and a black t-shirt, probably. I can't change things up TOO much, you know. Great tutorial as usual!

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  5. I can't wear headbands behind my ears, they just pop off the back of my head. So I would have to wear my headband over my ears, which--given the size of my noggin--means that when I make me one of these, it'll have to be pretty big around.

    Good job.

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  6. How do I enter your contest? you are so creative. it's lovely!

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  7. thank you tara! i can;t wait to ee what you come up with!

    Kristin: that is exactly how i am wearing mine. hair up, definitely!

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  8. icedteaforme: thank you! you can do this all by hand, easy peasy. for the center of the flower, simply roll it into your rosebud shape and tack with a needle & thread then stitch it to the petals and through the band going though the whole shebang three or four times and your good to go! definitely fun for ears but i am working on another project that might be even better!

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  9. suzy-heehee...doing the mixing up in the colors and who needs lipstick? a black t is definitely simple yet classy...it wouldn't steal the show for all that color atop yer noggin!

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  10. ah blaize...you have a very fine noggin you do! i can't wait to see what you do!

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  11. j.lee, you just did and thank you!

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  12. I love this idea! This will be perfect for my S-i-L. Well, me too! I would wear mine like you are in the pictures, hair up. I think it looks so cute that way!

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  13. I would wear it. And if I had that pink one in this house I would probably have to fight a certain four year old for a turn!

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  14. thank you heather! at first i thought i would wear it over tossled hair but um...i guess i'm not the tossled hair kind of gal. oh well...still happy!

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  15. oh and Lynn...a four year old may very well need her own headband! :)

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  16. I truly love this. I love the felted things right now. I laugh at the image of you throwing chopsticks across a restaurant. There is someone here in Austin who goes to where she can buy sweaters like this by the pound so she can make super cheap felted items. Your crafts once again rock! Love it!! Happy Holidays.

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  17. I look like a turtle with stuff in my hair but my 17 year old daughter just looks amazing with hair accessories and she would look amazing with one of these on and she'd probably wear one ice skating for sure!!!

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  18. hi shari! i doubt you would look like a turtle...when have you ever seen a turtle with a flower wrapped round its head? :) oooh...i like the idea of an ice skating flower!

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  19. I live in headbands, but in winter I do like to keep warm. I usually wear a knit slouchy hat, but this is a great alternative (bonus points for avoiding dreaded hat-head)

    hugs & happy holidays

    heidi
    heidig@gmail.com

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  20. digital: i think they may very well keep the ears warm, if i can get my act in gear, i'll have another project up that is even warmer for the ears!

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