things to do with embroidery...part six...
So here we are with another way to wear your embroidery. This embroidered headband is rather playful, and I like that. Also, the embroidery is removable, so I can switch out different decorations and only use one headband (even though they aren't expensive...I like this idea). Again, this is a nice one for small-ish pieces, but if you're up for it, bigger will work. You might end up with something like this.
I started with that little On the Go Coffee embroidery that I stitched up the other day. It's from my Take Me Out pattern set.
Because I stitched this on canvas, and it frays reeeeaaaally easily, I sealed the edges with Aleene's Stop Fraying and let it dry. Then I took my ready to go embroidery with me to Starbucks.
I trimmed a piece of cotton fabric to roughly the size I would want for backing, but didn't seal the edges of this. A little fray here would be ok with me.
This next part is what makes it removable from the headband, so if you're permanently attaching it, skip this step. Stitch two buttons to the back side of the cotton fabric. Space them apart a little. After you've secured your second button, be sure to leave a long tail. Knot the end of the tail.
Next, I stitched my embroidery to the backing fabric. I just used a running stitch with two strands of floss. Then I trimmed the backing fabric to be just a bit larger than my canvas piece.
Now I was all ready to attach the decoration to the headband (just a stretchy elastic headband...you get 5 or 6 for a couple bucks), and it took a couple tries to find the best way. Essentially, I used a method similar to those large inter-office mail envelopes. You know the kind with the two circles and the string? I just made sure that when I was going around the buttons, I also looped the floss around the headband too. If you skipped the buttons, this would be the part where you just stitch the whole thing securely onto the headband.
You're all set to wear it now! Other than the original embroidery and sealing the edges, I did all of this while sitting at Starbucks. When I was done, I popped it onto my head. There were a few odd glances, but I've become used to that. Hee!
Now, what's your favorite kind of coffee or warm beverage?