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Not too long ago, I had a little “handmade” business (if you will) selling six-strand braided headbands. I absolutely loved making them and I loved seeing how adorable my customers looked wearing them. I, however, just got a little too busy and ended up essentially not making them anymore. You know that little thing called “life” that tends to get in the way every now and then? Yeah, life happened! Anyways, I really did enjoy making them. It’s so relaxing and almost therapeutic. So I thought I’d share with you how I made them, but with a fun twist. For this six-strand braided headband, I decided to try my hand at tie-dying the fabric in fruit juice first for a fun, 70’s inspired headband.
This extra step proved to be even easier than I thought it would be and I really love how it jazzed up the ordinary white fabric I bought. Feel like playing along and making your own tie-dyed 6-strand braided headband? I’d love to teach you how!
1. Kool-Aid (any color you wish!)
3. 1 yard of white cotton or jersey fabric
5. Embroidery thread
6. Rubber bands
Hint: I bought all of my materials for this project at Walmart– I found some really great prices and fabulous deals! I think I have about $8 into this fun little headband DIY and I even have enough fabric, dye, and other materials left over to make a headband for Alea!
1. Grab various amounts of fabric and wrap with rubber band.
2. Repeat this process until you have most of your fabric secured in rubber bands.
3. Soak in Kool-Aid mixture (do not dilute) for 3-5 hours. Leave in longer depending on how dark you want your fabric.
4. Remove your fabric from the Kool-Aid and allow to air-dry for 24 hours. (Leave rubber bands in place.)
5. Remove rubber bands and place fabric in dryer to dry the rest of the way.
Once fabric is thoroughly dry, you’re all set to get braiding + get to work on your beautiful new headband.
1. Cut out six 1″ strips from your fabric. Make sure there’s enough length-wise to wrap around your head while also keeping in mind it will shorten when you start to braid it.
2. Line-up your 6 strands one on top of the other and secure in place with a clothespin on a thick board or magazine.
3. The piece of fabric to the farthest right goes over the fabric second to the right.
4. The middle piece of fabric on the right goes over the fabric you just brought over.
5. Now start on the left side. The fabric piece on the farthest left goes over the second to the left.
6. The middle piece (now brought over from the right side) goes over the fabric you just brought over.
7. Continue to braid in this pattern until you have a long enough braid to wrap around your head.
8. Secure both ends with the clothespin to keep the braid from coming undone.
9. Cut approximately 2″ of elastic.
10. Using the embroidery thread and needle, sew the elastic onto either end of your headband to create a full circle.
11. ROCK IT, girl!
If you need a better visual, I recommend this photo. I’m a very visual person, so I completely understand!
Right? How cute is that? I’m totally in love with it + I can’t wait to wear it to work this week with my purple scrubs. Anything to jazz up the regular work uniform and express my personality– and a headband is the perfect way to do that!
Have you ever dyed fabric with Kool-Aid or other fruit juice before?