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Fabric Head Band

Okay, I have finally decided to join the fabric headband world. I have short hair that doesn’t quite fit into a pony tail anymore. Kind of annoying at times. So, I decided to do the whole headband thing………and get some of that hair out of my face. Kind of fun. And I don’t care for the wide more 70’s-like bands on me…… I made mine really narrow.


And don’t you dare count all of my extra freckles I’ve been accumulating this summer.
Dang sun…


Want to make 1 or 2 of your own?


Measure around your head…..where the headband would go. Mine is 23 inches. Yep, big head. :) But I wanted the finished headband to be 22 1/2 so that it would fit snuggly on my head. And I wanted there to be about 1 inch of elastic at the bottom. So I only needed 21 1/2 inches of fabric but I also needed a 1/4 inch of extra fabric at each end to be able to tuck under. So my length needed to be 22 inches. Then decide how wide you’d like your headband. I wanted mine to be a 1/2 inch wide. So I doubled 1/2 inch (for the front and back side) and then 1/4 inch seam allowance for each side. So that is 1 1/2 inches wide.


So I cut my strip 22 x 1 1/2 inches.


Then I sewed right sides together, lengthwise.


Then turn right side out and iron flat. Set aside.
(Having troubles turning your fabric right side out? Check out this post here for help.)


Then cut a piece of elastic 2 inches long. I actually used one of those stretchy headbands that you can buy pretty cheap. They stretch really well like a hair band…….and I wanted it to be snug and nice and stretchy. So I cut one apart……but you can use regular elastic too.


Then tuck your fabric ends inside themselves a 1/4 inch and slide one end of the elastic in 1/2 inch.


Sew into place twice, just to make it nice and secure. Back stitch several times. Repeat on the other end.


Now make more for friends, gifts, or for some little girls.

Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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