Fold Over Elastic Hair Ties – Quick to Make, Fun to Wear

Over the last few years, we’ve gone through a few tween trends – Japanese erasers, rubberbands, and scented pencils – but none as affordable or useful as fold over elastic (FOE) hair ties. In recent weeks, they have been appearing in a lot of the shops in our area, usually around $4 for 2 or 3. The hardest part of making the hair ties is selecting the FOE colors – and at about 50 cents a yard, you can actually afford not to be selective! The best part, they take about one minute to make. Here’s the how-to:

1. Gather the supplies: 5/8″ FOE, scissors, 12″ ruler. FOE is available at most fabric shops; we purchased it at The Needle Shop in Chicago.

2. Cut a 10 to 12 inch length, angling the ends. This will allow you to loop the tie over your hair two to three times. My daughter has been wearing her ties a lot and we have not had a problem with fraying. If your’s don’t cooperate, try a bit of Fray Check on the ends.

3. Tie a knot and, if necessary, trim the ends a bit to shorten.

4. Wear!

Some girls are making FOE headbands – just experiment with the length to cut or measure the circumference of an existing favorite stretchy headband and add a couple of inches to tie it off. And, Sew Can Do has instructions for making shoelaces … who knew!

On a side note, I’ve used FOE for pajama waistbands and it is a bit trickier to work with than I would have thought. One of the best tutorials on the topic is here at Angry Chicken.

Happy making!



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