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« on: March 27, 2011 04:03:40 PM »

The apparel store I work at always gets fun headbands this time of year. They are simple construction with bright, pretty fabrics, but they always cost way more than I'm willing to pay. Eighteen dollars? I could just make the same thing with materials I already have at home. That's free!

Here's step-by-step instructions on how to make your very own springtime headband. Enjoy!

A piece of cotton, 18 in. x 4 in.
5-inch piece of 1/2-in. thick elastic

1. Cut your fabric to a dimension you prefer. I wanted about a two-inch thick headband, so I cut my fabric to be 4 inches wide (it's a little narrower than two inches because of the seam allowance). You also might have a different sized head from mine, so you could always measure the circumference of your head and subtract four inches.

2. Sew your fabric together on the long edge, right sides together. I use a very small seam allowance. I line the fabric up with the edge of the foot. You are essentially making an inside-out tube. Turn your tube right-side out and iron flat with the seam going up the middle. This will be the inside part of your headband.

3. Iron the edges in on each side of the strip so that no raw edges show.

4. Place the edge of the elastic inside one of the ends of the fabric strip so about 1/2 inch of the elastic is inside. Sew in place using a zig-zag stitch.

5. Iron in the corners of the same side of the strip so it makes a tapered edge. Zig-zag stitch the folds in place.

6. Now place the headband around your head and figure out how much elastic you will need to make it comfortable. Once you've figured that out, repeat steps 4 and 5 on the other edge.

Presto! I think I'm gonna whip out several of these for my friends.


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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011 04:11:15 PM »

Very cute! So nice of you to share how you make them!

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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2011 05:33:31 PM »

love! i've been wanting to make some braided elastic headbands, thanks for the motivation!

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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2011 05:34:53 PM »

wow! that is so cute and so simple... thanks for sharing... i think ill make one right now  Grin

« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2011 11:58:20 AM »

Really new here but just wanted to say that I love this!  I recently chopped my hair off (yay for Locks of Love!) and have been looking for cute headbands.  Can't wait to try this.
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2013 01:49:37 PM »

Thanks for sharing!  I featured this in our Project of the Week email today. Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2013 01:11:26 PM »

Love this tutorial! Any tips on how to make it anti-slip? I love headbands, having hair on my face bugs me endlessly, but they always seem to slip off Sad
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2013 03:26:36 PM »

I really appreciate these instructions! Thanks so much for sharing.  This headband is super cute!  So, I'm wondering if anyone else has the same problem I do.  My headbands tend to slide up the back of my head, and then....PING!  Off it flies into the back of the head of the person standing in front of me!  I've tried using bobby pins to keep them on, but that didn't work out very well.  I'm not very big, so I don't need a long headband.  But if it's too long, it won't stay on.  Too tight and it works it's way up the back of my head and becomes an instant slingshot!  Any ideas on how to get the best fit? 
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2013 10:05:39 PM »

Thanks for taking a look at my tutorial. I think some people just have a certain shaped head where headbands just don't stay on well. I'm wondering if you tried putting lines of puffy paint or hot glue on the inside of the headband if it would stay put -- kind of like those fancy hair ties with rubbery stuff on them.

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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2014 06:19:39 PM »

Cute headband and fab tute.  Thanks for sharing Grin

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