Updating Old Patterns

As You Like It Dress | happy together
At times I totally feel like just throwing in the towel and just walking away from all this blog stuff. But, every single time, I get renewed in my love and passion for all of this and continue on. I usually pay myself no mind when at the low points because I know my feelings will change. That is why it’s good to not just live off your emotions. Emotions can be fickle. They can change quickly. They are good and need to be paid attention too, but it’s important to determine if it’s just a passing emotion or a sign to really make a change. If you noticed, I had not kept up my patterns in the shop the past few months. I didn’t really know where to go with them. Plus, if you also can tell, there are a ton more indie pattern makers out there now as opposed to when I first started. And they have much more technical skills then I. But I decided that I wasn’t quite ready to put those patterns away quite yet. And I have a few ideas that have been in my head for a while for some new patterns. So this fall/winter I am going to update my patterns. There are a few things I want to change after making them so many times. This was one I have been playing around with, the As You Like It Dress/Top Pattern (can you believe how little Miss J was in those pics?! Now it’s her little sister at the same size). I want to make the finishing touches as professional as possible so for anyone who makes these to sell can feel fully confident in their product. I also am making some for an event I will be selling handmade items at in December, so I want to feel that way too. And there are a few tweaks to the back and front length I want to officially change for a better fit.

As You Like It Dress | happy together
I love this little pattern and I am so glad I made it. I have made so many for my girls and want to be able to share it still.

As You Like It Dress | happy together
My daughters are my inspiration for pretty much all of this. It was the birth of my first daughter that really inspired me to start down this creative path. It completely changed my life.

As You Like It Dress | happy together
We never know how our paths will turn out, but it’s important to just keep on trying sometimes. Even if it’s just one day at a time.

-Jess

Shorts pattern from here.

Fox fabric and coordinating pattern is the Les Amis Collection from Patty Sloniger. Black/white top fabric from JoAnns.

Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern

Hello blog world! It’s been a busy weekend! I hope all you Americans had a fabulous 4th of July. We had friends stay with us, a cookout, and my friends even had a baby shower for me. All the hustle and bustle really took a toll on my body though. I’m packing my hospital bag tonight because last night I thought we might be making an early trip (still a few weeks to go….but you never know). Now, it wasn’t that bad, but it was bad enough to make me think I need to have everything prepared. A BIG THANK YOU to my hubby for a ton of back rubs :)

I have this list of “blog” things I’m trying to finish up before baby E comes, so let’s see how I do.

I’m starting with this one: Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern. I had so many ask about how I made the ones for my daughter’s teachers that I digitized the pattern for all of you to use and wrote up instructions.

Simple

You can make simple ones

Lots of fabrics

or more elaborate ones. I made these with leftover pieces from my daughters quilt.
Are you ready to make one of your own?

What you need:
-Download adult size here: Free Double Sided Headband Pattern | happy together  {there’s a 1 inch line on it to make sure it’s printed the correct size for you}
-Download kid size here: Free Kid Size Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern | happy together
-Fabric for the headband and elastic cover
-Adult size: 5.5 to 6 inches of 1/2″ or 3/4″ elastic (this can be adjusted if needed)
-Kid size: 5.5 to 6 inches of 1/2″ or 3/4″ elastic (I used 6 inches on the ones I made for my girls, ages 3 and 7)

Notes:
-Always back stitch at the beginning and end of sewing, unless otherwise stated.
-Seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.
-Kid size will be made the same way except the elastic casing is so small that there is no need to do step 9.

1. Once you print out your pattern, cut the pattern pieces out. *Please note that pattern has now been updated and will look a little different when printed*

Pattern pieces

2. Cut out two pieces for the headband, making sure the pattern piece is on the fabric fold.

3. Cut out two pieces for the elastic cover (if you make your elastic piece longer, increase the length of these pieces as well). Again, make sure the pattern piece is on the fabric fold.

 

4. Cut your piece of elastic to be 5.5″ long.

5. Place the a headband fabric piece and elastic cover fabric piece down, right sides facing up. Then place the second pieces on top of them, right sides facing down. Make sure to match up the sides and pin together.

6. Sew down the sides of the headband and the elastic cover.

7. Turn each piece right side out. I do this by attaching a long piece of yarn to a safety pin.

Then I slide the safety pin through the what needs to be turned

and then pin one side of the end.

Tuck in the end that has the safety pin a little

and then pull the yarn on the other end and it will be right side out.

8. I use a long stick to push out the seams from the inside and then iron, but you can just iron each piece if you like. I just don’t like the fabric overlapping on the sides too much.

9. Now take the elastic cover piece and sew down each long side. This creates a middle casing for the elastic. *THIS step is NOT needed on the kid size one.

10. Add a safety pin to the end of the elastic and start to slide the elastic through the elastic cover. Make sure to stop before the end without the safety pin is inside.

11. Once the side without the safety pin is at the opening, sew it in place so it won’t go anywhere.

12. Continue to push the safety pin through the casing until the other end of the elastic is at the other edge. Sew that in place as well.

13. On each end of the headband piece,

turn in some so no raw edges are showing.

14. Slip in the elastic band until the place where you sewed is no longer visible and sew in place.

15. Repeat #14 on the other side.

16. Top stitch the sides of the headband part if desired (I sew closer to the edge than 1/4″).

They are simple to make and if you plan it well you can whip up a bunch at the same time assembly line style like. Then you have a bunch for yourself or gifts for the ladies in your life :) Most of these will probably be Christmas presents. Great, huh? And it’s only July!!!!!

Don’t forget to check out 6 ways to style your headband too.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together

If you make some, share by tagging me in social media and using #happytogetherbyjess, in the flickr group or on the fb fanpage

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