A special headband for the Mother’s Day Tea! Materials Fabric (we used something a bit thicker) Fabric paint Old gift card Fabric scissors Sewing materials (we used a machine, but you could do it by hand) Plastic table cloth Smock Directions Put a plastic table cloth over your work surface. Spread out your fabric (you may want to have an adult iron it to assure that it is flat so it is easier to work with). Depending on the size of your child’s head you will want to go with a piece of fabric that is approximately 1 metre to 1 1/2 metres in length. (About 1 yard stick- 1 1/2 yardsticks.) We went with the painting method where you spread/scrape out fabric paint using an old gift card- the kids love it and it is tonnes of fun! Our daughter did most of the painting, but as soon as our eldest son saw what she had been up to, he wanted to join in too! Even the baby tried a few swipes! Thus, it is accessible to all ages! Put small blobs of fabric paint on your fabric. Apply pressure to your gift card and pull the paint onto the fabric, using a scraping motion. We find it handy to wipe the card between each colour, but you could let them mix too! Cut your fabric to the width that you desire (remember that you will be folding it in half and that you will lose some fabric when you sew the edges.) Our width was approximately 25 centimetres which is almost 10 inches. We went with a bit bigger allowance to allow for possible errors from young sewers! Fold your fabric in half with the good sides facing in, as shown. Sew down the lengths of your headband, coming to a bit of point at the end. (The kids thought it looked like the tip of a crayon!) * Be sure to leave a small gap in your sewing (as seen below) to allow you to turn your work inside out! Trim off an excess fabric, leaving a border of approximately 1 centimetre/ a little less than half an inch. Turn your headband inside out. If you have trouble creating crisp edges we suggest using a bone folder or popsicle stick to push them out. Sew together the gap by tucking the edges in or if you like, glue it together with fabric glue. Wrap it around your head, tie it with a knot and enjoy your beautiful handmade creation! Purpose Experimenting with different painting techniques. Learning how to sew. Safety Notes Be sure to wear a smock and use a plastic table cloth to protect your clothes and work surfaces. Exercise care with scissors and sewing materials. Be sure to have direct adult supervision. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.