Thursday, August 11, 2011

DIY twistbands or Ribbon Ties

4/18/12 Triggered by a comment by Jessica S., I have discovered that foldover elastic trim is the specific name of the elastic used for these hair ties. It's so much easier to find this trim once you have that name! Be sure that you get the ones that are 5/8 of an inch in width. And if there is any need for clarification, please feel free to leave a comment and I will do my best to answer them. I still use these almost everyday and they really are quite durable.

9/29/12 I posted a new tutorial for Lace Twistband ties! Have a look.


I've been trying out the twistband that came in my Birchbox and I really like it. However, it's sold 3 for $5 or $2 each if you want a custom color at the twistband website. Then, while checking out what's new at the Sephora website, I came across Ribbon Hair Ties and you get 8 for $8. I love the design, but it's a simple one and easy to achieve myself. So I went to my local fabric outlet and checked out their selection of elastic ribbon trim. I was able to purchase pink and purple elastic trim, a yard each for $0.50 per yard. Having attempted a few, I estimate that I could make a total of 10 hair ties for just $1. That's a whole lot of savings! And they look no different that the ones being sold for so much more.

Don't they look cute? The black one is the twistband that was sent to me in my Birchbox, the rest are my efforts. The process is super easy and all you need is a ruler and a pair of fabric scissors or super sharp scissors. And of course, some elastic ribbon trim.