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Sometimes it is good to keep your hair held back from your face, and today’s sewing tutorial will help you do just that. I am always looking for cute and easy little projects to make with your smaller pieces of fabric, and this DIY headband is brilliant for that too. Here is how to make a headband with your fabric scraps and some elastic.
How To Make An Elasticated Fabric Headband
I love any project that can use up my scrap fabric pile. And as my little girl is learning to sew I wanted an easy project that she would want to sew to make something for herself. This project achieves all that!
I love using up my fabric scraps – Find a mega post here with lots of ideas!
How do you make a headband? This cute fabric headband with elastic can be made from long remnants of fabric left over from your other sewing projects. It is the perfect thing to sew to coordinate with a little dress. Furthermore, it can be made in two different fabrics, making it reversible. I have even included a free little pattern with this step by step tutorial to make it even easier.
So, would you like to find out how to sew a headband for yourself? Read on!
What You Need To Make DIY Headbands
- Fabric – I used some scraps of fabric from two of my recent dress makes. Using a woven cotton is easiest.
- Fold over elastic – you need about 7 inches
- My Headband template / sewing pattern – Hairband Template
- A Sewing machine, coordinating thread, loop turner tool, scissors and pins.
How To Make Your Own Headbands
Using the template, cute two pieces of fabric on the fold to make your fabric pieces for the headband. Cut around 7 inches of the fold over elastic.
Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and pin
Using a ¼ inch (5-6mm) seam allowance, sew down the two long sides of the project, leaving both ends open. Remember to reinforce using a backstitch at the start and ends of each line of stitches.
Turn the fabric tube the right way out. I like to do this with a loop turner. Give it a good press and make sure the side seams are neat.
At each end, tuck the raw edges of fabric in by ¼ inch (5mm) or so. Give this a press.
Tuck one end of the fold over elastic into one end and use a safety pin to secure into place. Then do the same at the other end, ensuring the elastic is not twisted.
Now try the hair band on. Depending on the size of your head, you may need to adjust the length of elastic. If it is too large, tuck more elastic into the end openings and try again.
Once you are happy with the length and fit of your headband, secure the ends with pins and sew a very scant topstitch right around the edge of the headband. This closes the gaps, secures the elastic at the ends, and gives a really professional finish. You may also wish to go over the edge elastics to ensure they remain secure.
And there you go – you learned how to sew a fabric headband! These make great gifts, are perfect for items to sell, and now you’ve made this one you can make them in all the colours to match your outfits!
Love This Post? Why Not Read Some Of My Other Sewing Posts?
I love to show you really easy projects that build your confidence and produce useful items. So why not read these other posts I have written?
- Zero Waste Projects For Your Home
- How To Use Up All Your Fabric Scraps
- What To Do With Old Greeting Cards
- Sewing Items That You Can Sell
I have loads of sustainable solutions on my site so why not go take a look?
Now you know how to sew a headband with fabric do you think that you will be having a go at these? I love to see your makes, so please do comment below, or tag me in your makes on social media.
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