Simple Fabric Headbands
April 12, 2013 in Projects
Nothing is easier than making simple fabric headbands. I really think that all beginners should start with projects like this. As long as you can measure around your head, then you can do this. Plus they are super cute! Here’s how…
- headband template-I just make one up and draw it out
- scraps of fabric
- 5″ of elastic (the width is a personal preference- I use 1/4″ but if you like a bigger band you can use 1/2″ and just adjust your fabric width
- pins, scissors, iron, safety pin
- Baby Lock sewing machine
1. Make your headband template. Here is the one I used for this time. I made my template for the headband 2 1/4″ so my finished headband would be about 1 3’4″ wide after taking into account my seam allowance. My big head measured a little under 22″ so I measured my headband 18″ (allowing 1/2″ to fold in on each end) long. For the elastic covering, I subtracted my headband length (17″ after fold) from my head size and I knew I needed at least 5 inches. I added an extra 1/2″ to each end where I would attach the covering to the headband and another inch for the “scrunch” factor. Cut out your two pieces of your template.
2. Next, cut two headband templates and one elastic covering from your fabric. To do this place template on fold of fabric, pin or mark, and cut.
With your piece that will be used for the elastic covering, cut it in half on the fold creating two equal pieces. Your four pieces should now look like this.
3. Take the two pieces of headband fabric and pin together, matching up edges, with right sides of fabric facing each other.
Sew down each side of the headband while leaving the ends open. Once you have finished sewing your sides of the fabric headband, you will turn your headband right side out by pulling it through one end.
4. Now, take your two pieces of fabric for the elastic covering and pin the pieces together with right side of fabric facing each other. Sew down ONE side of covering. Your covering will be too narrow to pull the fabric through so we need to make this casing a little different.
5. It’s time to iron! First, iron your headband covering with your seams on the outside edges of the headband. That’s the easy one! For the elastic covering, open up your folded fabric and lay flat with wrong side of fabric facing up.
4. Back to the sewing machine…take your elastic covering and fold in half, aligning the fold edges with right side of fabric facing out and pin. Now sew down edge using a little less than a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Now, sew down other side of elastic covering, close to the edge, to give it a more finished look.
5. Connect one end of elastic to a safety pin. Slide safety pin through elastic covering until the opposite end of elastic lines up with end of covering.
Sew across end of covering securing end of elastic and covering together. Pull safety pin through covering to opposite end and secure elastic and covering.
6. We are almost done! Fold in edges of of raw fabric on ends of headband. Feed elastic covering into one end of headband about 1/2″ and pin. Sew across edge, securing elastic covering and headband together. Repeat on other side.
7. For a more finished look, sew around edge of headband next to the seam (I sew as close to the edge as I can get) all the way around. You did it!! Now, these were just simple fabric headbands I did on a snow day with some scrap fabric that I had. You can mix and match your fabrics and change the width to spice it up a bit. You could also add sone interfacing if you wanted a stiffer headband. Be creative and have fun!!