How To Sew A Headband On Your Own

Creating your own accessories is an amazing thing. From making a scrunchie to knitting a scarf, the choices are endless. So, what’s next? Headbands are an excellent way to keep your hair out of your face while also accessorising. Even better, you can make your own DIY headbands for a fraction of the cost of store-bought ones. Making your own also allows you to express yourself more freely

Happy woman wearing orange knitted sweater and orange headband

You have complete control over the designs, materials, and other aspects of your project! Make use of any fabric scraps you have and don’t toss out those old t-shirts as we are about to show you in this tutorial how you can sew a headband with free sewing patterns using whatever fabric you have.

How to sew an expandable headband using an elastic band

Are you ready? Let’s see our first tutorial!

1. Draw or print a paper template 

If you’re making a template from scratch, measure the diameter of your head with a tape measure. Draw the dimensions of your headband on a piece of paper. Make sure it’s wide enough to fit around the top of your head while yet being long enough.

You’ll use a wide elastic band to attach the material around your ears and the back of your head for this sort of headband.

Woman cutting fabric with scissors

2. Trace and cut out two pieces of fabric and iron interfacing 

With a pencil or fabric marker, trace around your pattern to get exact measurements for your headband.

Cut off 2 pieces from both patterned and iron interfacing fabric while tracing one piece on the white fabric. Cotton fabric (typically medium weight) is the ideal option for this easy sewing project

The iron interfacing gives your band greater dimension, while the white fabric acts as a foundation for the patterned side. If you want a more thorough layout, use a permanent marker to sketch a 0.65 to 1.30 cm seam allowance along the edge of the fabric pieces. Make sure to sketch on the fabric’s backside.

3. Iron the interface paper on the reverse of one of the patterned pieces

Turn on your iron and run it over the interfacing paper in long, smooth strokes until the material firmly adheres to the cloth.

To find out what temperature to put your iron to, look at the instructions on the iron interfacing material.

4. Pin the fabric’s lengthwise edges together

Secure the patterned and white pieces of cloth together using 5-10 pins. Make sure the fabric pieces are facing inside out so the seams are hidden in the completed product.

Ideally, the pins should be spaced at least 1.5 cm apart. These markings should now be facing outward if you sketched out the seam allowances on the backside of your cloth.

Woman using the sewing machine

5. Sew the band together lengthwise using a sewing machine

Sew the two pieces of cloth together using a simple stitch setting. If possible, line the fabric’s edge up with the guide beneath your sewing machine‘s needle.

As you stitch, keep the fabric steady and try to keep the line of stitches as straight as possible. For this part, don’t worry about using a fancy stitch setting. Any simple stitch will be fine.

6. Turn the cloth right side out and secure the unstitched ends with an elastic band

Pinch and tuck the fabric’s raw edges with your fingers, slowly drawing and unrolling the cloth until the pattern side is visible.

Insert a 15-centimetre piece of elastic into the headband‘s short, unstitched ends. Each end of the elastic should be pinned onto the headband. Only about 1.5 cm of the elastic band should be used.

7. To hold the elastic in place, sew over the short ends

Attach the elastic band to the headband with a short row of stitches on your machine. Remove each pin as you sew. The band is now ready to wear on both sides as it is reversible.

How to make a t-shirt headband

Don’t throw that piece of clothing just yet! Here’s what you can do with it:

Close up of woman cutting fabric

1. Cut a long strip of fabric 

Measure out a 15 by 50 cm piece of fabric with a fabric marker and a ruler. Using a pair of scissors, cut off the piece of fabric after marking it. 

Make sure the fabric strip is 17 by 58 cm if you’re making a wide headband for an adult. A 0.65 cm seam allowance is included in the measurements for this fabric strip. Because T-shirts have somewhat stretchy knit fabric, these measurements should fit most adults and children.

2. Pin the long edge of the strip after folding it in half

Fold the cloth strip in half lengthwise to make it narrower. Take a few sewing pins with you as you go to keep the edges linked and in place.

To ensure consistency, space them about 2.5 cm apart. As you pin the fabric, keep the seam in mind.

Woman working with a sewing pattern

3. Sew the headband‘s long, pinned edge together

Sew the band’s longer edges together with a machine. Because the band is presently inside out, don’t worry if the stitches appear uneven or aren’t quite straight.

Consider sewing back and forth a few times on the last 1.3 cm of your fabric to make your stitches secure. You can also sew the ends of the cloth strip together with a standard needle and thread if you want.

4. Turn the right side of the band out

Pinch the fabric at the band’s edges with your fingertips, working carefully to reverse the material. Pull and pinch the cloth until it is no longer inside out as you work your way down the band. Remember that the shorter edges haven’t been stitched together yet.

5. Pin and stitch the band’s short ends together

Use a couple of pins to connect the band’s unstitched, shorter ends together. Sew them with a machine. Make sure to remove the pins from the fabric as you stitch.

6. To test the fit, try the headband on

Flip the fabric outwards with your fingertips. Before putting it on, double-check that the seams aren’t facing out.

If the band is too tight, tear the seams that link the short ends of the fabric and put them together with a slightly smaller seam. Always begin ripping the seams near the fabric’s edge when using a seam ripper. 

Woman checking her new headband

How to make a wire headband

Tutorial number 3! Let’s dive in!

1. First, cut the fabric

Cut two 75 x 8 cm wide strips of cloth and place them with the outside edges on each other if you’re using fabric tape for your hairband. Take a fabric belt, cut the locks off, and trim the fabric to the required length. 

2. Sew three sides of the band together

Sew the cloth on three sides, turning it to the left. You will have to modify the width of your cloth belt because it will be slightly wider on one side.

3. Bend the wire

Bend the wire into a rectangle the same size as the sewed fabric sleeve’s measurements. Check that the stitched band can be pulled taut over the wireframe at this point. After that, add a few centimetres to the extra wire and snip it off.

Woman using wire to make round shapes

4. Pull the band over the wireframe and tighten it

Finally, turn the band inside out and pull it over the wireframe. Sew the fabric band to the inner wireframe with a few stitches to keep the cloth in place.

5. Tape the wire ends together

With the pliers, twist both wire ends several times and wrap this occlusion with the adhesive tape.

6. Sew the headband

Finally, sew the headband‘s last openings together and use a few stitches to reattach the inner wireframe to the headband corners. Done!

How to make a twisted turban headband

Our last tutorial for this amazing project. Take a look!

1. Prepare the fabric

Begin by properly cleaning the fabric and pressing it flat with your iron. This will prevent any undesirable deformations or shrinkage later on when you wear and wash the headband for the first time.

Knit fabric headbands have a tendency to curl towards the edges. Press them on both sides with a hot iron to help straighten them out and make cutting much easier. After that, put the cloth with the shorter edges on the outside.

Woman ironing white cloth

2. Cut the fabric

Cut about two 12 cm broad pieces of fabric. The head circumference should be used to determine the length.

3. Stitch

Align the sides of the cloth piece by folding it in half horizontally (lengthwise). Secure with a pin or a clip. If you have a serger machine, use it. If you don’t have one, use your standard machine and set the stitching mode to zig-zag. This is the one used for most headband patterns, such as faux knot headbands.

hands sewing button with needle and thread

4. Invert the tubes and turn them inside out

You should now have two fabric tubes. You’ll have to turn both of them. Attach a safety pin to one of the tube’s open ends.

After that, simply pull the pin through the tube. Because of the tube’s length, this can be a little tough, so take your time.

If you’re having difficulties turning them inside out, there’s a simple tip you can follow to get the job done fast and efficiently. With a tube turner, you can turn everything around in a flash.

5. Sew the fabric

Place both fabrics on top of each other on your workspace, sewing lines facing each other to form an X mark. Pull one of the bottom piece’s ends towards the opposite end, aligning the short rough edges. They should be pinned in place so bring the four ends together and secure them with pins.

6. Finish up the stitching

Sew with a 6mm seam allowance on your machine. Sew across the two edges that have just been aligned. Make sure to go over the fabric in all four layers.

7. Turn the twisted headband 

Flip it so that its rough edge should be against your head and you are good to go. 

Happy woman wearing colourful turban headband

That is all there is to it! It could not be simpler, could it? With this simple headband tutorial, you can give your hair a more interesting and fashionable look with the headband sewing pattern of your choice! Don’t wait another minute! Grab your tools and get to it!

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