Tuesday, August 30, 2011

the day i tried to be crafty...

Ever since pinning the tutorial months ago I've been wanting to give this braided headband a try. So while I was ridding my closet of the 23 too large t-shirts (my pregnancy staple), I decided today was the day I would put them to use and try my hand at the coveted headband.  Here's how it went down.

1. I read the tutorial.

2. I picked me out an old, pit stained (I sweat a lot during pregnancy. A lot.) red jersey tee.

See our rainy day activity?  It's a paper tablecloth.

3. Doing my best to follow the tutorial, I cut my tee into 5 strips, approximately 1 inch thick.

4. Then I got out my handy-dandy sewing kit.


It's the real deal. Straight from the Monte Carlo in Vegas, baby.  I can safely say that this is by far the most I have ever brought home from the Sin City.  Laugh if you must, but it got the job done.

(This is where my seamstress friends stop reading my version and click directly over to the real tutorial).

5.  Next I "sewed" the ends together.  Yes, I call this sewing. 

6. Then it was time to tape it to my craft table...errr....cluttered work desk...and get my braid/weave on.

7. Now, here is where I deviated a little from the tutorial and rather than showcasing my mad sewing skills again I decided to tie the end in a small, tight knot.  Then I slipped that knot through the other end, in the first (not so tight) braid.  Make sense?  No?  Sorry, no pics.  Improvise as you may, but I think this is a good plan because now when the fabric stretches (and it will), I can readjust where I slip my knot to make it tighter. 

My first reaction?

Me likey.  And also?  A little proud.

....Then upon further inspection?  I think I must have gotten a little distracted during the braiding portion.  Yes, that's it.  I remember now...there was a baby crying, a boy repeatedly crashing his remote control car into my leg, a little girl on the toilet needing to be wiped, and a dog roaming the upstairs (forbidden territory for him!).

And my final thoughts?

Eh, not too shabby...especially for my first try.  I'll for sure be giving it another go.

So, what do ya say?  Will you give 'er a try?


Molly said...

I think its awesome! I have been wanting to make one of those too...maybe this is my motivation...maybe:)

Jodi said...

You're so funny! Love it!

~Stephanie~ said...

I see a cardinal & gold one of these in my very near future...hopefully before Saturday! And, by the way, your idea of sewing is exaclty 100 times better than MY version of sewing!

Joanna said...

Turned out very cute! I want to make one too. That's the way I sew too. :-)

stacey said...

This rocks! I'm so going to have to try this with some of my tanks, too!


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