I’m not really a big headband wear-er. They either tend to dig in and hurt my poor little noggin or slide right off the back of my head because I have fine straight hair. I am more of a ponytail kind of girl. HOWEVER, when I am crafting, I tend to want to get every single little strand of hair as far away from my face as possible. So, I need a headband. :-b
I haven’t really found a good tutorial for a headband that was the right size for me so I’ve adapted a few patterns I found online to get just the right fit. I have also customized some other sizes for kids and such.
This tutorial (like some of my others) will have quite a few pictures so bear with me (and sorry for the lighting!) and skip through them if you don’t need them!
If you can sew a straight line, you can make a cute reversible headband!
I do not like taking pics of myself but to illustrate the reason WHY I needed a headband – I will show you!
So let’s get started!
Here’s what you’ll need:
You will need 2 scraps of fabric 19″ X 8″, a 5″ piece of elastic, coordinating thread, and the printable pattern (email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a printable pattern).
I created 3 different adult sizes and one child size.
The first step in sewing is always to iron your fabric flat.
Fold the fabric in half with right sides together.
If I have a larger piece of fabric I am using, I just fold over enough fabric so that my pattern has enough space to fit.
Print and cut out the pattern of your choice. I printed on card stock for sturdiness. You should have 2 pieces: the headband piece and the elastic cover piece.
Lay the pieces on the fold of the fabric.
Trace around the patterns. I use a sharpie but if you’re all fancy and you want to use a sewing pencil/marker, you just be my guest!
Do the pattern laying and tracing on both of your fabrics (because it will be reversible, you know!).
Cut out all 4 pieces.
You should have 2 headband pieces (different colors/patterns) and 2 elastic cover pieces (different).
Take your 2 headband pieces and lay them on top of each other (right sides together).
Pin down both long sides.
I REALLY hate pinning things because I have a tendency to break my needles but hey, what can you do when you wanna make sure things are straight and lined up, right?
Sew down each long side of the headband piece leaving both small ends open.
If you are doing the wide or medium headband, make sure to follow the shape of the fabric because there is a gradual increase and decrease in size (the skinny one is a straight line).
Pin down and sew across the elastic cover pieces (leaving ends open) just like you did with the headband pieces.
You should now have 2 pieces of fabric – the headband piece and the elastic cover piece.
Now we have to get the pieces right side out!
Attach a safety pin (the bigger, the better) to one side of one end of the open fabric.
Turn the pin inward into the tube.
Push the pin into the tube and follow it with your fingers all the way to the other side.
Use the technique above (or any other way you can do it, lol) to turn both pieces right side out.
Press them pretty (iron them flat).
Now it’s time to attach the actual elastic to the elastic cover piece.
I use a 5″ piece for all the different size patterns.
Insert the elastic into one end of the fabric tube and pin in place (even with the end).
Sew across the end to secure the elastic and close the tube.
Bunch the fabric so the elastic comes out the other side.
Pin in place and sew across (shut) like you did above.
You should now have a cute fabric covered elastic piece.
Now, it’s time to attach the two pieces together to make one circular headband!
With the headband piece, tuck the ends in and slide the elastic piece inside.
It might be a little snug but it should fit. Make it work!
Sew the 2 pieces together. I do the standard 10-15 back-n-forth kinda thing, lol!
Now do the same thing to the other side.
You should have a 1 piece circle reversible headband!
See how much less frizz I have now! I can craft so much better!
It looks really tight on my head but I promise, it’s just the angle!
Sassy loves hers, too!
Here are some more that I made:
The two on the left are skinny (Sassy’s) and the three on the right are wide.
and here is the reverse side of the same headbands:
There is a teacher at the kids school that is bonkers over Superman so I made those for her.
See how easy it is to make them?
Have fun with it and don’t forget to send pics or comment below! Be Spunky!