Fashion isn't normally my thing. So when I was given the opportunity to participate in Cricut's Design Space Star challenge, I was a little wary. But, pushing myself is one thing I love to do, and I have been dying to play with the new Explore for a while, so I went for it.
What I came up with were these fun leather headbands. I used my Explore, thin leather, colored elastic and some fabric scraps to create this colorful accessory.
I had so much fun, I made two different versions. If you have a Cricut Explore you can find the file for the chevron headband here, and the file for the triangle headband is here. I'm sure there were more sophisticated ways to create the headbands than what I did, but that's what I love about this new Design Space software- you can do what works for you. You can upload your own files, use the files purchased from Cricut- or a combination of the two. With so many options, the possibilities are endless!
Because the leather I used was so thin, and because my mat was brand new, I didn't purchase anything new for this project. However, if your mat isn't super sticky anymore, or your leather is softer or thicker- you will probably want to purchase the super sticky mat, and a deep cut blade.
Once you cut out your headband, you will simply glue a scrap of fabric to the back to cover the openings.
The last step is to tie elastic to the ends. Super easy. I purchased the leather and the elastic from Hobby Lobby. The leather was a remnant bag so it's hit and miss what you'll find in it, but it was pretty inexpensive, especially when I used my coupon. The elastic was over by the ribbons and trims in the fabric department. They had a couple of widths and lots of colors. I like the thicker 1/4" elastic better because it seems to hold better on my head, but the 1/8" worked too.
You'll want to figure out the length of elastic to tie on based on who is going to be wearing it. You don't want the elastic too tight or it will slide off, but you don't want it too loose either. I'd shoot for a bit longer than you think, because it's easier to tie it tighter than to make it longer.
And that's it. A simple project, but one that makes a BIG statement.
So, my question for you is, are you big into fashion or are you like me and avoid it at all costs? ;)
**Disclosure: I was given a Cricut Explore so that I could participate in the Design Star contest. I am not compensated for the posts, but could be eligible for cash prizes. The opinions and projects are all mine.