Is it a snood? Is it a face cover? Is it a headband? No! It’s a Superband!
My Mum recently asked me to sew her a summer snood that she could use for nippy days on the golf course, but which would also double up as a quick face cover when needed. After a bit of a play around with different fabrics and sizes, I thought I’d take some pictures and put together a quick tutorial.
I found that it works best with lightweight knits for the drape and also so it isn’t too hot when pulled up. I used bamboo spandex for this one, but our lightweight cotton spandex works really well too.
As an added bonus it also works really well as a workout headband to keep your hair off your face. This is a super simple, quick sew, and requires less than a fat quarter of your fabric so is a good scrap buster.
If you haven’t sewn with stretch fabrics (knits) before, then we recommend using a walking foot and stretch or ballpoint needles on your sewing machine. Use a zig zag stitch or stretch stitch throughout, unless the instructions specify otherwise.
Measure your head where you would normally wear a headband. Mine measured 54 cm, so I cut a rectangle that was 54 cm (21 inches) wide by 50 cm high. If you wanted to do a reversible superband, then you would cut two pieces at 54 cm wide by 25 cm high.
Fold the fabric in half right side together, clip and then sew along the long straight edge. If you were doing a reversible one you would place the two pieces right sides together and sew along the two long edges.
Turn the tube right side out.
Fold it in half, and bring the raw edges right sides together. Find the seams and use them as a guide to clip the tube together.
Sew them together, you’ll be going in a circle to sew up the end of the tube. As you go, the tube will start to turn itself inside out. Don’t worry about that.
Sew all the way around, and when you get towards where you started, leave about a 3cm gap to allow you to turn it back the right side out.
Pull the fabric through the hole so it’s the right side out.
Once you have turned it the right side out, you should have something like this with just a little hole left to close up.
Close the hole up by hand sewing with a ladder stitch. And you’re done!
This superband is not a professional-grade or medical-grade mask, and we make no guarantees about its effectiveness in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 or other viruses.
Covering your face with a piece of cloth won’t protect you from infection. However, it could help you to keep from spreading COVID-19 or other viruses to others if you are unknowingly carrying the virus without symptoms.