Another way to make a bento band

SewingDiva
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I had to make one today for my new middle school daughter's new box, this is just some elastic, a piece of wool felt, a button and some beads. If you have a stash of single vintage buttons this would be fun way to use them up. If you don't have a sewing machine I think the elastic could be hand sewed together and then glued between a sandwich of a ready-made applique on top with a piece of felt underneath to hold it together.

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Re: Another way to make a bento band

That's really nice, and you don't notice so much that the elastic is ordinary old white stuff. You could also use one of those buttons that you cover with fabric, and use the furoshiki fabric to do so.

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SewingDiva
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Re: Another way to make a bento band

Truthfully, if I had black knit or swimsuit elastic in my stash I would have used that but I wasn't in the mood to spend money (or head out to a fabric store!) for something so simple and for a middle school kid. I've seen the elastic used in the Japanese bands at stores like Dakota Triming in NYC and they often have other colors. A monogram either machine or hand embroidered onto wool felt would me another fun twist.

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Re: Another way to make a bento band

Elastic is a pain. I have some fluoro pink and green, but I'm not actually that keen on the colours - if I had a middle school kid maybe! Why don't they sell nice navy blue, or deep red, or other nice coloured elastic? But that nice big felt decorative bit really disguises the white stuff quite well.

Re: Another way to make a bento band

Brownyn your last post got me thinking and prompted me to ask a friend of mine (who works in the fashion industry so she's knows what she's talking about) whether elastic an be dyed - and if its nylon evidently it takes dye beautifully. So custom colored elastic bento bands are within the realm of possibility for crafters and sewers! Swimsuit elastic is not that bad looking (much nicer looking than the non-roll waistband elastic I used) and if it was dyed I really doubt anyone would guess its true purpose.

Not that I need any more sewing projects! ...... (rolls eyes) :o)

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Re: Another way to make a bento band

The thing to do would be to chuck in a metre or so of elastic whenever you're dyeing anything else, then you'd build up a stash of coloured elastic to use whenever the mood took you. A whole packet of dye's worth of elastic would be a bit excessive.

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Re: Another way to make a bento band

That looks really cool. So now I know how to replace the bento-belt of my box which is getting a little weak. Thanks!

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