A couple of weeks ago when we bought Glitter Glue Princess’s shoes for cross country, we came across a rack of these fabric head/neck coverings. They were beautiful. She pined for one…… They were $24. Cough, hack…… For someone recently unemployed, THIS was not an option.
I mean, this was just a tube of fabric. Admittedly, they were made in Spain, it was a seamless tube, they are made of microfiber, the company has a great marketing department (they are used on the Survivor television show), and they had stringent quality standards, but COME ON! I couldn’t justify $24 for a tube of fabric, with unfinished edges. I did some quick analysis for size (in other words, held it up to my arm for approximate length/width measurements).
We headed to the local dutch fabric store after picking up the shoes, and bought bamboo lycra, microfiber knits and cotton knits, at 1/2 yard cuts. We went home and scoured the stash for the same.
Here’s how I made them:
I cut squares 16″ X 20″. (see NOTE below.)
Cut so that the 16″ side is cut on the side parallel to the finished edge of the piece of fabric, NOT the cut edge (fabrics with 4-way stretch will not need this precaution – this keeps the edge from rolling up too much when worn).
Then, I serged the 20″ side and tucked the loose thread ends back into the seam. That is it!
You could also sew these using a sewing machine, but use a zig zag stitch and STRETCH the fabric when sewing it to prevent thread breakage when using.
For adults, I’d go with an 18″ X 22″ square.
NOTE: Of course, this will need to be adjusted based on the % of stretch your fabric has – increase the longer length to accomodate this, as this is the side that will stretch around your head).
Here is what you will have:
Here are demonstrations on how you can wear them:
So….. for about $13, I made 5 headscarves, with enough fabric left over to make 5 to 10 more! Something tells me that most of the girls on the cross country team will end up with one of these….
Hope this helps other make their own as well!