Below is how the headband will look and work.
For DIY'ers, I've posted the step-by-step instructions below. To order online I have an Etsy shop Headbands For Sophia. For any questions in the meantime go to Contact Me.
HOW TO MAKE COCHLEAR HEADBANDS
Items You Need
1 yard of 5/8" or 1.5 cm FOE (Fold Over Elastic)
You can find these online or at your local fabric store or even Wal-Mart.
Yep, that's it. It will be handy to have a sewing machine as well.
Measure your child's head around the hairline for the circumference. Use that number to cut the length of your elastic. For example Sophia was 52 cm around her hairline. I cut 52 cm piece of elastic.
You do not need to make an allowance for the seam. You will actually sew the headband a few cm smaller than the measured circumference so that it stays on snugly, rather than slipping off.
2. Make Loops
Sew four individual loops to hold two processors for a bilateral headband. Take one end of the FOE and fold it so right sides are touching each other, and then sew a straight stretch stitch 2 cm away from the folded edge.
I liked using the straight stretch stitch instead of the regular straight stitch because it locks three times - forward, backward and forward again. You might have this on your sewing machine. It was option #01 on my Singer Stylist machine.
Make four of these. You will turn them inside out.
3. Attach Loops
Once (or maybe twice), I sewed the headband closed without putting the loops on first. Don't make that mistake! Put the four loops on the main headband. I secured a paper clip on the end to help push it through.
4. Sew the Headband
Fold the headband in half so the ends line up, and right sides are touching each other. You're going to sew 2 cm away from the end.
Then finish the flaps by sewing them back on to the headband and then trim the extra. Doing this makes the elastic and seam less irritating.
5. Try with Processors
Here's a video showing how I put the processors in. My daughter does not think it blocks the microphone at all and loves how comfortable it is. It is easy for teachers and therapists to figure out how this works.