DIY Head Wrap Made With Fun Fleece and Velcro
Warm Cozy Fleecy
I purchased my original fleece headband at a craft sale and have grown to love wearing it. It's easier to put on than a ski cap, and it seems to hold position on my head a little bit better.
So, when I was at a thrift store and happened to see some cute prints of a salamander just swinging on a hanger, I started feel inspired. They just happened to have a blue that seemed to go well with the background material. It even matched one of the salamander bodies.
I felt inspired and motivated to create a salamander wrap, and, if my grandchildren want one for themselves, it will be a great, indoor grandma/grandchildren project.
My Original Headband
I took the measurements from my purchased headband, and made a pattern from a folded piece of Minneapolis Star and Tribune, Sunday edition.
It was long enough when folded corner to corner, to make a pattern that would be long enough to add length for sewing edge, and wide enough to include the width of my salamander, since the salamander had feet on both sides of its body.
The original wrap is 25 inches long. When I cut it out, I'll have to add an inch to the pattern to allow for the seam.
The face of the pattern will be inside, and I'll stitch around the outside edge, but then, I'll have to leave a unsewn space, probably on the side, to turn it inside and complete the edge stitching. Then, top stitch the entire wrap and add the velcro ends.
I feel transported back in time to seventh grade home economics class when we were allowed to pick our own projects and mine were not clothing, as was the norm, but a stuffed mouse and a tennis racket cover. Who knew I'd use that knowledge someday in my current endeavors. Smile.
Thanks Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Hibbard for that!
Measuring and Then Cutting Out Pattern
Since I was working with a fold, I was able to make a 3 1/2 inch wide mark on the center of my pattern. I cut off the ends so that they were square, and proceeded to sharpe mark a line from the end to the center mark. I repeated the black line on the opposite side.
I unfolded my pattern and it was nicely spaced.
Laying Pattern on Material and Pinning
I had to lay the pattern on top of the salamander, paying special attention to the white selvage edge, avoiding it. I peeked under the fold in the middle to make sure the salamander feet were to the edges.
Then, I pinned four metal pins across to hold the material as I prepared to cut around the pattern. I did the salamander picture first. Then, I placed the salamander on top of the blue material, and made sure that the fuzzy, fleecy sides were together. The reason I did that, was because you sew it together, and then, reach inside and pull the insides to the outsides, leaving a nice seamed edge.
Then, you top stitch the edges around the entire piece and prepare to place the velcro strips.
These are placed on the ends, about an inch in, centered.
There are two velcro strips. One is fuzzy, and one is hooked. They belong on opposite sides of the material. One belongs on the salamander side, and one belongs on the blue side.
I placed mine on, one at a time, and sewed them down. You want to make sure that they are both an inch in from the end, and centered. This ensures that when you wrap it around your head, the two ends meet with four inches of overlap.
And, hopefully, your design will make sense. I lucked out. My salamander fit perfectly!