Monday, August 20, 2012

the DIY: NO FRAY EMI-JAY INSPIRED HAIR TIES

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For as long as I can remember, Casey has wanted to try these Emi-Jay hair ties. Mostly because she heard they didn't leave a crease in your hair and she has a big "crease left in your hair" problem. Since they seem a little over-priced (5 for $12), she never bought them. I personally prefer the look of a plain hair tie in my hair but, I can respect the idea behind them. Anyways, I saw this tutorial online. The girl who did the tutorial first saw it done here. So I sought out fold over elastic (what the crap was this stuff used for before these hair ties?) and purchased it in all colors and sizes (on accident... I only wanted the RIGHT size). So I made a bunch of these and even figured out a way to keep them from fraying! Read on to see how you do it!
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All you will need is:
-Some fold over elastic in the 5/8" size. You can buy some here or here.
-A ruler
-Scissors
- A lighter
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Cut your elastic to about 8.25 inches. If you have hair a little thicker you may want to add another half inch.
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Fold the elastic in half.
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Grab the two ends and tie a knot. It will look like this at first.
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Then you will tighten the knot. Make sure you pull the knot towards the two ends.
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Cut the two ends together in a slant.
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Take a lighter and barely run the flame across the edge. I did this twice to make sure I burned the edge and sealed it. You can also blow on the elastic as soon as you run the flame across it to make sure it doesn't keep burning.
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And you are done! Now you have your own really cheap hair ties that won't fray at the end! 
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So I probably won't wear these on my arms but they are cuter than wearing a regular hair tie on your arm. I really like what these hair ties look like at the end of a side braid!
P.S. Don't feel like making these on your own? We've done the work for you in our Etsy Shop

22 comments:

  1. Fold over elastic is used to finish edges on things like underwear, or camis. I bet the camis you might have in your closet from forever 21 or the like are finished with FOE!! Very useful for sewists! Awesome tutorial!

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  2. this is an awesome idea. I'm going to commission one of my friends to make these for me, haha.

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  3. I seriously have like 4 massive rolls of this stuff from headbands I used to make. I can have hairbands for life! Thanks for the quick tip :)

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  4. Do they really not leave a crease in your hair? I have to put my hair in a ponytail for work, and by the end of the day, there's practically a 90 degree angle in my hair where the elastic was. Not fun. And these are pretty to boot!

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    1. Yeah i have some of them, they leave no crease! its awesome!

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  5. This is such a great idea! I am always on the lookout for new tips on hair accessoires and this one is just great!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    x Lana

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  6. Beautiful tutorial! Thanks for linking back to me :)

    Where did you find the lace elastic? I LOVE IT!!!

    xo
    pre

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  7. Beautiful tutorial . I love it ! :) I think that you can buy it too in Claire's.

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  8. FOE is used for diapers as well as the things mentioned above. And it can be used as a waistband on very simple skirts. This is very simple and very clever.

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  9. Love creating my own hair ties instead of buying them! Great tutorial! Follow my blog at lucyandmejewelry.blogspot.com

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  10. I love these, I found ones at http://www.mykitsch.com -- they have really cool prints and glitters that are harder for me to find!

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  11. They look gorgeous! I know someone from catering suffolk who loves stuff like this, if she sees this she’ll thank me!

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  12. I do have a question about the glitter foe. Do you find that you have to cut it a little longer? Mine seem to not stretch as well as the regular. Thanks so much for the tutorial :)

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  13. where do you buy ur foldover elastic? please reply

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    1. There are links in the tutorial that take you to where we buy our elastic.

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  14. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I started making these hair ties and put them on my etsy! http://www.etsy.com/shop/BraceletsByMeri

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  15. I wondered what this elastic is used for (other than hair ties) too. It is used to make lingerie. I don't know what kind of a person makes their own lingerie, but that is what it is for.

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  16. Great tutorial! Found these foldover elastic by the roll at: http://www.ctsusa.com/_e/dept/02-004/Fold_Over_Elastics.htm and used them for my kid's school fundraising.

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  17. where do you get the little card board gift tag personalized?

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  18. How many inches is suggested for a adult & youth/tween headband?

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