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I've ALWAYS been terribly envious of people with naturally curly hair as mine is very straight. Curling irons have never worked well for me, so for the majority of my life, I've used a set of Clairol electric rollers that belonged to my Granny in the 80s. Sadly, that set has been gathering dust for the last two years ever since the birth of my son. These days, my hair ends up in a messy knot that falls to the side of my head; or if I'm feeling particularly fancy, I will braid it. I've really missed my curls, but I simply do not have the time to roll my hair in the mornings. In an effort to try something different, I went to a nearby local bargain store and picked up two sets of sponge rollers hoping to roll my hair in the evenings, so that I could wake up with curls.
Not only were they uncomfortable, the plastic parts broke within the first use. Next thing I knew, I was rummaging through my sewing/crafting drawer determined to find a solution. Using supplies and fabric I already had on hand, this is what I did:
Sewing Machine ( I use a Spiegel SP3201 Sewing Machine. It's under $100 and perfect for beginners.)
Sponge rollers without the plastic parts (I made ten rollers but will likely make more)
8" x 6" cut of fabric per roller
Dritz Plastic Snap Fastener Pliers Kit or something similar
3. Remove the curler and top-stitch one end of the fabric shut.
4. Trim excess fabric at the seams and turn inside out.
5. Push curler halfway through the fabric "tube".
6. Fold 1/4" of fabric on open end inward and sew shut.
7. Sew a top-stitch as close as possible to the curler at each end to secure it in place.
8. Next, fold each flap of fabric over the other and prepare to insert your snap. Make sure it's fairly tight so that it will secure the hair well.
9. You will put two corresponding snap pieces on each flap of fabric. I will insert this tutorial by Dritz to give you an idea of how I inserted my snaps. Make sure that each snap is facing in opposite directions as pictured below.
10. Curl hair before bed, wake up in the morning and VOILA-curls!
If you decide to make this project, I want to see the end results! Post your pictures on social media and tag Deerwood + Jones!
-Natalie from Deerwood + Jones