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Monday, May 7, 2012

Ninja Party Headbands

The Ninjago party is fast approaching!  
My week will be busy with preparations.
I do have a few things to show you before the party though -
first being, the personalized ninja headbands for our partygoers!
These headbands were super easy to make and will be FUN for the kids.

Check it out

This is probably the most corny photo collage ever to be shared 
on Craft, Interrupted ; )  I'm getting to know PicMonkey, which 
is my replacement for Picnik.  Some good stuff on there.

I'm going to show you how I made these, in case YOU need
some personalized ninja headbands (doesn't everyone?)

I used a remnant of white-ish cotton fabric from my stash.
This was a print of off-white on a white background, but I 
just used the backside and you don't notice the pattern at all.
I'm all for using what you have and making it work!
My remnant was about 35" long, which was perfect.
I trimmed it into strips, 4 1/2" wide each.

I made a works document with each of our guests' names,
in a large, Asian-style font.  I used a free one called "Japonesa" from DaFont.com  
DaFont is really easy to use, and you can search
for tons of font styles! 

Once you have your document with the names how big you want them
(I think I used all caps and set it to 90 for this), print the page,
and grab a sharpie and your fabric strips.  I also used a super fine point,
permanent scrapbook pen to trace with.

Find the center of your fabric strip, and center this horizontally on the text.
*Before you trace - this headband will be folded in half lengthwise 
and sewn, so the name needs to be centered vertically on half the width.
Mine were about 3/4" up from the bottom edge.

I just laid the fabric on top and traced the outline of the letters,
now and then peeling the cloth back to see parts that weren't as clear.

Then I used my regular sharpie to fill in the letters.  
You may want to test this first on a scrap, because in my 
experience, some fabrics bleed much more than others!  I tried to do quick, 
light strokes to prevent the ink from spreading and looking too fuzzy.
Also - make sure you have a paper underneath, because the ink 
will go through in a few spots.  You don't want sharpie on your kitchen table ; )


Now fold the strip in half so that the name is on the inside.

Sew down that long edge at 1/4"

You will have a bunch of long, skinny tubes of fabric that need turned out.
This can be tedious.  But I learned a trick that makes it fast and easy!

Take a pencil with a fresh eraser.

Fold one end of the fabric tube in on itself about an inch or so.

Now stick the eraser end of the pencil in on the fold of fabric.
Not through the center into the hole, but on the bunched up edge.
The eraser will hold the fabric and help you push through.

Holding the pencil on one hand, start bunching up the cloth onto the pencil.

Keep bunching till the eraser end starts to come out the opposite end,
which is through the center of the tube.

Now grab the eraser end and with your other hand, slide the bunch of 
fabric downward.  It will turn itself right side out as you slide it down.
And the pencil comes right out the top.

Hold the cloth and run your hand down the bunched fabric to the end.
That's it!  It's SO fast and easy!  I turned the whole pile out in just a few minutes.

Now all you have to do is iron your headbands.
The ends can be left open and frayed (my personal choice),
or you could tuck them in a half inch, press, and topstitch closed.

These are easy and cheap to make!
I can't wait to see our Ninjago partygoers doing their 
training course with  these on : )

See more of our Ninjago/Ninja Party:

15 comments:

  1. haha! These are too fun- Love it Jaimee!!!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this great content, I really enjoyed the insign you bring to the topic, awesome stuff!

    Party Planning

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  3. I've got three boys of my own (and two daughters to boot). My second son is a ninjago fanatic and turns eight next month. Maybe I should get my game on and start kicking out some stuff...

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  4. Thank you for this blog! I love it! I was stumped by the Ninjago theme until I came across your site! I am so excited to follow your blog!!

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  5. THANK YOU so much for sharing all your AWESOME ideas and printables, it's hard to get really cute birtday stuff without paying a ton for it. I love to make stuff and these are perfect! Great job. When I do my party for my son I would like to feature you on my blog, if that is ok.
    www.countrygirlhome.blogspot.com
    thanks again,
    Lindsay

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  6. Thanks for sharing all your AWESOME ideas and printables, you are a lifesaver. I love them all. When I post my sons party on my blog I would like to tell all about your stuff if that is ok. You can check it out.
    www.countrygirlhome.blogspot.com
    thanks again,
    Lindsay

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  7. I am also doing a ninjago birthday party for my grandson turning 6 next month after searching and finding nothing or too expensive I came acroos your blog love the idea of the headbands I am doing the take out pails but in ninjago colors yellow, blue , green , red then i got ninjago stickers to paste on the front and then i am filling them with goodies I usually dont do craft actually never but there is always a first time I have 40 kids in his class well 1 class split into two for kinder i thought of getting all the kids names and making the headbands ill let you know Grandma

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  8. I just finished making these ninja headbands, and they look totally awesome. Instead of the scrapbook pen and sharpie, I used a fabric marker I had lying around. It was the perfect thickness for the job, and got it done so quickly. I will iron them in the morning ready for the party. I can't wait to see the kids reactions. Your blog has proved such a blessing. I've learnt so much and had so much fun organising my son's 7th party (thanks to you and this blog). Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and inspiration. Now I just have to perfect this Ninjago cake! Oh my! What a week it's been.

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  9. ps I will post some pics on my blog next week of the party, and link back to yours if that's okay?

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  10. Hello I just click ninja go and then appear your sweeet blog, its coz my son is a fan of ninja go, and i want to try make cup cake with ninja go image haha..(actually i'm a lazy mom :) i also like your head banner.its very creative..btw r u married? u really inspired me thanks very much

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  11. I can't seem to be able to work with the downloaded font. It says it's downloaded but when I go work in Word it doesn't appear as an option. Help please, the party is this Saturday!

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    1. I think you have to double click the font icon on your desktop first and it will have an "Install" button at the top of the window. After I do this, I can access the fonts in any program on my computer. If you still have trouble, there may be a Q&A on the font website that shows you step by step.

      Hope that helps! Good luck with your headbands!

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  12. Thanks for this fantastic idea - my son is so excited. And also a HUGE thank you for the tip on turning the tubes with the pencil - AWE.SOME. Thank you!

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  13. I can't figure out how to turn the tube with the pencil. Guess I am just dense. I don't understand how you got it on the pencil.

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  14. You jest, but I actually DO need ninja headbands for my son's party. I bought red fleece and was trying to figure out how big to make them. So this was VERY helpful. I'm not even personalizing them (kudos for doing that). Thank you for posting this, cheesy pictures and all. :)

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