How to Make Baby Tights Into Headbands

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It is fun to reuse clothing or accessories that no longer fit a child, or are damaged, to create a new wardrobe piece or accessory. Baby tights can be used to create colorful headbands for children and adults. Each headband can be personalized in many different ways, such as using fabric from tights in two different colors to sew a headband with a design stitched onto it such as flowers or initials.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby tights
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needles and thread
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Tape measure

Stretch your budget by using old tights to make a headband. Why spend money on accessories when the fabric from tights may be used to create fun headbands? Young girls love headbands; they like to dress up their outfits with a matching or contrasting headband. Use fabric from tights that have enough stretch to make a headband that will adhere nicely to the head. Wash the tights several times before using the fabric to create hair accessories.

Prepare for this project by compiling all needed sewing supplies such as a needle and thread, scissors, sewing machine and scrap fabric to test the sewing machine.

Measure the size of the head of the person who will wear the headband with a tape measure. Write down the overall length of the size of fabric you will need. Decide upon the width you want for the headband and write down that measurement too. Add a bit of extra fabric to the measurements to create a small hem on each border of the headband.

Cut strips of fabric from the tights according to the measurements.

Thread the needle and start to turn over the fabric on the edges of the headband and sew a hem. Use small, neat stitches. When the entire area of the headband is hemmed, bring the two ends of the fabric together and sew them together to create the hair accessory. If you wish to decorate the headband, use bits of fabric of another color from different tights. Cut out patterns like flowers or someone's name and hand stitch them to the headband.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sew carefully and do not allow sewing needles to drop to the floor where they could cause injury.

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