Every dapper cowboy knows this is a classic accessory staple. These days, bandanas are available in just about every pattern and color imaginable. I really appreciate the low price of $1 each and love that the edges are already hemmed.
Sew a straight seam on or parallel to the chalk line, leaving ends open. Finish the seam (not pictured). Turn right side out, press with a cool iron, and let the fashion show begin.
Clockwise from top left: Lydia brightens a messy bun. Isabella wears a classic headband with ends up. Lydia keeps her braid to the side with headband ends tucked under, showing only the knot. Isabella goes with two braids and headband smooth on top of her head.
Aren't they beautiful girls!
Project #2 Face Masks
Needed: Two triangles left over from each bandana after making the headband.
Two strips of elastic, measuring 6 inches each for me.
(It has been difficult to purchase elastic in our area. The shelves have been bare. I was thrilled to find some that was 1/4 inch wide in white and black)
Fold the leftover triangles in half with right sides facing and place pattern near fold. In the center, cut only the portion for bridge of nose, leaving bottom portion uncut. Cut cheek line and side of face normally. Two layers of fabric are needed, so cut both leftover triangles.
With right sides facing, sew center seam for bridge of nose on both pieces. Press seam open with cool iron. With right sides facing, sew the two layers together at the top and sides only. Trim and finish seam.
Turn right side out and press with cool iron.
For me, the most difficult part of wearing a mask is that my glasses get steamy. Leaving the bottom longer, but open, gives my exhales a bit of space while still being contained. My glasses remain clear!
There you have it! For the low price of only $1 each, two functional projects were completed from each bandana in a minimal amount of time!
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What have you been sewing?