Chronicle Eye Candy Craft Month: 1, 2, 3 Sew (+ a chance to win a $200 craft library!)

Chronicle Eye Candy Craft Month continues! You can see all of the deals this month at, but today we’ll give you a peek behind the cover of 1, 2, 3 Sew, one of the titles included in this month’s Chronicle Eye Candy selection, with the Eyelet Headband project.

This sweet felt headband is a pretty accessory that features a traditional eyelet effect created simply with hole punches. Felt is a great sewing medium because you can cut it in any shape you want and it requires no hemming. This headband comes together quickly, so you can make one for all of your friends!

18” x 18”/46 cm x 46 cm 2 mm wool felt
Awl, pencil, or other sharp object
1/4”/6 mm (standard-sized) hole punch
1/8”/3 mm (mini) hole punch
6”/15 cm strip 1/2”/12 mm-wide elastic
Matching thread

Note: You only need an 18” x 2”/46 cm x 5 cm piece of felt for this project, but 2 mm felt is available in 18” x 18”/46 cm x 46 cm sheets

Step 1: Cut felt.
Cut out the Eyelet Headband template from the pattern sheet included with this book. On the back side of the felt, trace the scalloped silhouette of the headband onto the felt and cut it out with a pair of small, sharp scissors.

Step 2: Trace and punch out design.
Using an awl or sharp pencil, poke through the paper to mark the position of the holes. With the standard-sized hole punch, punch out the center circles. Then use the mini hole punch to punch out the smaller outer circles. See figure A.

Step 3: Sew elastic.
Fold under the raw end of the elastic and sew it to one end of the back side of the felt piece using a straight stitch. See figure B. Try the headband on to adjust the fit, then fold under the other end of the elastic and sew it down to the opposite end of the felt piece.

* Make any type of headband in your choice of materials using these dimensions. Try cutting one from plain wool felt and sewing on your favorite trims.
* Use the hole-punched felt idea to make a necklace, bracelet, or other wool felt accessories.
* Add felt flowers, a patterned fabric backing, or other details to make it your own.
* Cut detailed eyelet designs into the felt using a craft knife.
* To fit a child’s head, simply shorten the length by a few inches.
* Add beaded details to dress it up.

Do you like this project? Then you should enter for a chance to win a $200 crafter’s dream library! One lucky winner will win $100 of craft print books and $100 of craft ebooks from Chronicle Books. Just click here to enter. Also, 1, 2, 3 Sew is available in its original format here.

Lorraine Woodcheke
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  • Vonda September 22, 2013 at 3:08 am

    I have just purchased this delightful E book as well as the Amy Butler Style Stitches but am not having any success with accessing the pdfs for the patterns. I have just spent an hour typing in the extremely long link but there are no links except for the Amy butler pattern for the Children's hat. Any suggestions on how to make this easier.



    • Alison Presley September 23, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Hi Vonda,

      So sorry you're having trouble! I'm going to email you a direct link to all the patterns and we can troubleshoot together from there.

      Hang tight!

      Ali Presley
      Online Marketing Manager


  • nancy May 7, 2015 at 5:28 am

    I borrowed this an e book from the library. Any access to the patterns?


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