Have you seen those crocheted ear warmers that came into fashion this last winter? What am I talking about…of course you have. Especially if you live in Utah.
I decided I wanted one too, but not crocheted. So I sewed one out of semi-felted wool.
How do you felt wool? Mess it up. Do the opposite of what the washing directions say. Wash it in the machine and put it in the dryer. It should felt right up. If you really want it completely felted, then repeat the cycle a few times until it is to your liking.
I know, I know…it is still summer. With the cold, stormy bout of weather we had earlier this week though, I was inspired to make cold weather crafts. So bear with me.
I had this really cute sweater from delia’s of all places. 🙂 It was from high school and I wanted to change it up into a cardigan to make it a “new” garment. Well…darn it. I washed it in the washing machine. It is 100% wool. It started to felt after just one wrongful wash and just didn’t look right or feel right anymore. I was bummed for a while, but it turns out it worked great for this project so I feel better about it now.
The great thing about this wool is that I know it will keep my ears warm and with it being semi-felted it won’t fray. I didn’t bother fully felting it so it would still have some stretch to it. Do what you like of course.
Another fabric that would work well is fleece.
OK…Let’s get started.
1. Cut a band out as thick as you want and long enough to fit around your head. My band was just shy of 5 inches thick and tapered at the ends. Start wider if you can and put it on your head to get the width you like best.
2. Cut wavy, imperfect flowers of all different sizes and lay them out on the head band until you get a look you like. Stack smaller flowers on larger ones.
3. Hem all sides of the headband with a sewing machine. I folded my hem in about 1/4 inch.
4. Sew a couple of button holes at one end of the band. If you are more patient than I am you will also go to the store to get a matching thread. 🙂 I did two button holes to accommodate what my hair is like. If I need a less constricting hold on my hair-do I can lengthen it.
5. Then flip on the TV, thread your hand sewing needle and sew on your button on the other end of the band.
Then sew all of your flowers. For the flowers I just sewed in the center of each stacked flower a few times. I pulled the stitches tight so that the flowers would pucker in slightly.
Very simple. Pretty fast. It only took an hour total…even with hand sewing and deciding what I wanted to do.
A pretty alternative to a beanie or plain ole ear warmer band. The great thing for me? I can actually wear this kind of “headband” without getting a headache! 🙂 Yessss.
P.S. Please note that this tutorial is to make ear warmers for personal use and not for sale. Thank you!