The fleece headband designed exclusively from the Brother® Education Department. The Brother® adjustable binder foot is used to create this trendy item.

In this project you’ll learn how to apply stretch trim using the adjustable binder foot. This handy accessory makes the fleece headband a fast and fun project!

Fleece HeadbandMaterials and Supplies:

  • Brother® sewing machine (any machine will do but we prefer Brother®)
  • SA198 Adjustable Binder Foot
  • One piece of fleece measuring approximately 23” long by 3” wide.
  • Note: This size is appropriate for most adults. You can use a tape measure for a custom fit. In addition you can adjust the fit before sewing the final seam on the headband.
  • 5/8 – inch   wide   fold   over   elastic for   trimming headband
  • Size 11 -14 stretch needle for sewing fleece and binding.
  • Basic sewing notions, including good quality thread to match fabric and trim.
  • Small piece of stabilizer to use as an anchor cloth. Seam ripper to use as a pushing tool.

Instructions for Headband:

  1. Gather supplies for the headband. *See Figure #1

    Figure 1

    Figure 1

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  1. Determine size for cutting fleece. We determined the approximate size for length of headband by wrapping a measuring tape around the head.  Note that the fleece and binding will stretch slightly. You can make an adjustment to the length when finishing the headband with the final seam.
  2. To prepare the binding, fold in half and lightly press with an iron temperature suitable for the synthetic elastic. Cut one piece of folded elastic for each long edge, cutting the elastic 1-inch shorter than the fleece measurement.
  3. Quarter  mark  one  long  edge  of  the  fleece  strip, beginning  and  ending  1-inch from  the  short  raw edge. Quarter mark the elastic in the same manner. *See Figure #2.

    Figure 2

    Figure 2

Figure2: We divided  the  fleece  and  elastic  into  four  sections  and then used  pins  as  temporary  markers.  You may wish to mark the  fleece  and 

elastic using  a  wash  out  marker  or 

chalk in place of pins. When using pins be sure to remove 

them as you stitch.

  1. Prior  to  placing  the  foot  on  the machine,  slip  the folded  binding  into the two channels  for  the  outer slot and then adjust the front screw until the binding is snug within the slot. *See Figure #3

    Figure 3

    Figure 3

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  1. Set up the machine for a zigzag stitch, Width (4.0) and Length(4.0).
  2. Attach the foot to the machine. Slide the binding into the outer slot with ½-inch extending beyond the back of the foot. Insert the fleece into the inner slot, using the tip of the seam ripper to help position the fleece. It is important that the fleece is inserted fully into the slot. Adjust the screw at the back of the foot so the entire zigzag stitch forms on the elastic trim. *See Figure #4a and #4b
    Figure 4a

    Figure 4a

    Figure-4b

    Figure 4b

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Tip: After  setting  up  the  foot  it  is  a  good  idea  to  practice  your  stitching with  a  small  piece  of  fleece and elastic trim.

  1. When you are ready to sew, place the anchor cloth under the  presser  foot  and  begin  stitching

without stretching for the first inch. When you begin you will want to stitch on the stabilizer, then the binding, and finally on all layers of binding and fleece. You can use the anchor cloth to help feed the pieces through at the beginning.

  1. Continue to stitch until the end, matching the quarter marks and stretching the elastic slightly as you go. Remove stabilizer.  Repeat the process for the opposite side.

Figure #3

Figure #4a

Figure #4b

  1. Try on the headband and pin fit for desired length if necessary.

Replace the foot with the standard presser foot. Select a straight stitch with a length of

3.0. Pin and then sew the seam for the center back of the headband. We used a ½-inch seam allowance.

Tip:  Instead of backstitching to secure the seam on these bulky layers we recommend stitching to one end, pivoting the fabric, and then stitching over previous stitches until you reach the beginning. *See Figure #5a and #5b.

Figure 5

Figure 5

Figure# 5a

Figure# 5a

Figure 5

Figure 5b

Figure# 5b

Tip:  Instead of backstitching to secure the seam on these bulky layers we recommend stitching to one end, pivoting the fabric, and then stitching over previous stitches until you reach the beginning. *See Figure #5a and #5b.

  1. When finished, finger press the seam open and then topstitch the seam flat from the right side.You are finished!

    Figure #5

    Figure #5a

    Figure #5b

Finished

You are finished!

 

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