How To: Sailor Knot Headband

I’m a lover of Pinterest…not a secret. When I see something I like, I usually don’t just stop at repinning. I usually also follow the pin to the link it’s attached to. I saw a sweet picture of a baby with a cute sailor knot headband and followed the link. It linked up to this. Super easy tutorial. I did it once with a shirt that I had in the “give away” pile and it turned out pretty adorable for Olive. But I wanted to try it with regular cotton fabric, not t-shirt fabric…there’s a difference…, so I did.

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[that’s me being totally boho-chic]

(1) Choose the fabric you want (obviously, right?). Cut 4 strips, about 1″ wide. These were the full length of a fat quarter.

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(2) Fold them in half and sew down the middle.

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Do this to each one until you have 4 strands of “fabric yarn”

(3) Cut away the excess fabric (not the fold)

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(4) Take 2 of the strands and make a ribbon shape on the floor or table (hindsight is 20/20. I clearly should have done this on the table for better pictures)

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(5) Take the other 2 strands and place them OVER the ends of the ribbon and curving up, like the letter “U”

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(6) On the right hand side, put the “U” tail UNDER the ribbon tail. Take the left hand side and put it UNDER the ribbon loop, right in the middle.

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(7) Take the right “U” tail and go OVER the right hand ribbon loop, under the left hand “U” tail and over the left hand ribbon loop.

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(8) Pull the 4 strands on both sides until the sailor knot is as tight as you want it.

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(9) Cut the strands at the end so they are the same length.

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(10) Cut a rectangle of coordinating fabric to cover the connection between the elastic and the fabric strands.

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(11) Gather the strands, one on top of another, and add the elastic to the very end.

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(12) Take the coordinating fabric scrap rectangle and kind of wrap it around the elastic + strands…tightly.

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(13) Sew right down the middle of that.

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(14) I never pre-cut my elastic, I just take what I have and put it around my head, hold my finger where I need to cut, and cut. Once you’ve done that, repeat steps 11-13 on the other side.

(15) Admire.

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I like the aqua and grey better.

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Totally fashion.

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