June 1. An Accessory
Have you ever seen these hair elastics at your local teenage-trendy store? They are usually about $10 for four or five. Seriously. $10. For their leftover underwear elastic tied in a knot. Obscene.
I was given one at Christmas and fell in love. They are soft and don't catch and pull your hair. I needed more so I searched out some more in stores and was blown away by the cost. As usual, my brain says, "I can make these." So I did.
I searched through my stash and found some underwear elastic from a project of making undies out of old t-shirts that I never got into. I made the plain black elastic you see on the bottom.
Recently I hit up the local fabric store with a few friends and we searched out the most fun elastic we could find. I was drawn to the ruffles. You see, I wear these elastics on my wrist all the time. I have long hair and am always in need of an elastic to get it out of my face when I am cooking or dealing with kids, or whatever. I thought the ruffles would look pretty cute on my wrist as well as my hair.
1. Buy a length of light elastic. Most of the ones we saw were about $0.45/yard.
2. Cut the elastic to lengths you need, plus an inch on either side to account for the knot. Mine are about 8.5 inches.
3. Tie a loop knot and leave a little on the ends - a makeshift bow.
4. Run a lighter flame quickly along the edges of the ends. This melts the fabric around the elastic and prevents fraying.
5. Pile on your wrist or put up your hair. Enjoy!
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