Last week, we lost one of the most inspirational ladies I know. If I end up having even half the strength, the wit, and the drive that Grandma R had, I'd consider myself blessed. The woman had battled numerous illnesses, cancers, the loss of her husband after his battle with cancer, and soldiered on, always with a joke on hand. I remember visiting her during a chemo treatment, and even in the middle of one of the most arduous medical treatments a person can go through, she had no problem dishing out jokes with ease.
When funeral arrangements were made, I found out that she wanted no one to wear black. She wanted festive colors -- specifically, the color purple -- not the morose and solemn black. I don't even own shirts that are purple, let alone something dressier. So, with only a day to think of something before I flew to her funeral, I decided to create a purple headband.
My biggest problem would be the elastic. I have tried sewing in elastic before, only to have a hot mess on my hands instead. Also, I have a huge Irish noggin, so buying a purple headband and embellishing it was out of the question.
Eh, live and learn (and remember the dimensions of the needle's foot).
Afterward, I folded the ribbon over the other side of the elastic roughly at the 19 1/2" mark, pinned it, and (carefully) tried it on. It took a few adjustments, and it turned out I needed even less ribbon than I measured (which gained me back a little bit of self-esteem). After making sure the ribbon was straight and the ribbon was folded in the same direction as the first side, I sewed the second strap into place.
Dedicated whole-heartedly to Grandma R.