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……..so 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.

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57 Responses to “Fabric Head Band”
  1. 1
    The Gray Team says:

    i love it! i was just pondering how to do this yesterday! Thanks for doing allthe hard work for me!

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    Shealynn Benner says:

    Cute!! I may have to make several of these for my girls!

  3. 3
    Heather says:

    Super cute – thanks for sharing the tutorial with us.

  4. 4
    The Paxton Family says:

    I ADORE your blog! Thanks so much for all the great tutorials and ideas! I love this headband idea! I love putting head bands on my daughter, but the ones from the store are always too tight! This will be great! THANKS!

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    Julie, Little One-of-a-Kind Design says:

    what a cute little project! thanks for sharing! I like the thin bands for little girls!

  6. 6
    Jamie says:

    These are exactly what I've been wanting for myself! I've made lots of the wide kind for my neices but wanted something less flashy for myself. Thank you for this great tutorial!

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    One Craft Girl's Corner says:

    So cute! I wear a headband all day and put my hair up too, since I have 13 month old twins that just LOVE to play and pull at my hair. I think I'm gonna make some of these. They're way cuter than the ones I have been sporting. Please check out my blog and see if you like any of my crafts too!I'm not as creative as you, but I've been having fun!

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    Becky says:

    Very, very cute! I love the change up of making it thinner. Great idea.

  9. 9
    Gwen says:

    YES! I have been wanting to make one of these, but needed someone to help me figure out about the sizing. You did that, thanks!

  10. 10
    rccalyn says:

    These are really neat…I especially love that green fabric!

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    Rachelle says:

    so cute! I like the narrow look.

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    Karin says:

    I never wear head bands, mostly because I never found one that wasn't way too large for my head. But ofcourse I could make one for myself and see if it looks good. And if not there is always my little girl who would love such bands.. Looks great on you!

  13. 13
    rojalka says:

    Cute!i love it!thanks for sharing!

  14. 14
    Krull Family says:

    I love this idea! I am sick of my bangs sticking to my sweaty forehead, this will do just the trick ;) Thanks!

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    The Ostlers says:

    i love it! i actually did a headband out of the same green material. scraps from a pillow my friend made. she thought i was weird keeping all her scraps. your tutorial is much easier than how i did it. THanks!

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    Rose says:

    This, THIS is why I love you Ashley. Just when I need something, you go and post a tutorial for how to make it! I'm growing my hair out, and the headbands I've been wearing have been giving me headaches from the lump of material glued to the bottom, which ends up behind my ears. Thanks for a cute idea!!

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    Lila says:

    These are great! I never thought of this… I am off to make some for my toddler who LOVES her accessories!

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    kheaney says:

    Ashley, do you have a trick for turning these small things inside out once sewn? New to sewing so I am sure there is some sort of trick. Love your stuff!

  19. 19
    resalikescolors says:

    What a great simple project. I'm not happy with my hair right now, a cute head band like this is just what I need!

  20. 20
    Ashley says:

    kheaney – You know, that actually can be tricky. What I use is a safety pin on the end and shove it through to the inside and try to work it through to the other end. THis may sound pretty confusing so maybe I will try posting a tutorial on how to do this because I know there are probably others who can't seem to make it work.


  21. 21
    kheaney says:

    Thanks Ashley, I have been doing that but it usually takes me forever, thought maybe there was some quick trick to it.

    I made a headband last night (wearing it today) that was thicker, but I got frustrated turning it and just made another one with a zigzag stitch that you can see. Kind of cute actually.

    I am learning to sew from many of your projects on your blog. The tutorials are wonderful!

    Thanks again! Kristin

  22. 22
    Kim says:

    I love, love, love your blog and all of your great ideas! I wish I had stumbled upon you sooner! Thanks for the head band tutorial…I can't wait to try this out this weekend.

  23. 23
    Kimberly says:

    just a quick question.. Im making these as stocking stuffers. But, where did you sew the elastic so it doesn't show?

  24. 24
    Ashley says:

    Kimberly, I just tucked in the ends of the tube (the fabric headband piece) and pressed it flat. Then I slid the elastic inside of the ends and sewed the tube closed, including the piece of elastic in my stitching.

  25. 25
    Jessica says:

    Wearing my new headband today that I made last night)! Thanks for the directions.

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    diamosaur says:

    Thanks for this awesome tutorial! I just used it to make a perfect headband for my prom coming up this Saturday!

    One question though, when you sew the fabric tube to the elastic band, are you sewing both sides to just one end of the elastic, and the other end of the elastic just floats a couple inches in the tube?

  27. 27
    Ashley says:

    diamosaur – No, you sew one end of the elastic to one end of the fabric and the other end of the elastic to the other end of the fabric. And each end with be tucked nicely inside opposite ends of the tube. Hope that helps…..and have a fun night at the prom! :)

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    Amy Teets says:

    I made one today! I'll definitley make more! I don't have a sewing maching. But I do have some Helmar Craft Glue that is safe for fabrics and washable, so I used that :D I'm going to do a blog post tomorrow with mine!

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    Monica says:

    Ive been looking for diy headbands tutorial. Thanks for a great post! Simple and fun project. Made a few of them today and plan to make more.

    Also sewing one end and pushing a chopstick (because its longer) to turn fabric right side out works well, too (just take seam out so u can attach elastic)

  30. 30
    Bonnie says:

    I'm going to make some for my little one with her old panties! Sounds crazy, but she loves Dora and princesses and her panties are too small (and they already have elastic!).

  31. 31
    Allison says:

    Thanks so much Ashley! I just made one from vintage fabric (an old 40s dress too torn to repair). I am having an old-fashioned social for my daughter's 2nd birthday and I am making these as favors!

  32. 32
    Sam says:

    For one less step, you could even slip one edge of the elastic inside one end of the tube when you sew the tube together! That way you'd only have one side that needs the topstitching.

    Thanks for this! I'm excited to make one (or five).

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    Could I do this with Ribbon?

  34. 34
    Ashley says:

    Sure, you could do it with ribbon. You won't have a slot to slide the elastic into, so just sew it right to the end. Still very cute!

  35. 35
    Gina says:

    This is so cute, and can't wait to try it out. By the way, a great tip I learned for flipping tubes: As long as they aren't too narrow, baste stitch a long piece of ribbon to one of the ends, and then sew the edge down like normal, with the ribbon inside the tube. And then all you have to do is pull the ribbon, and the tube will magically turn itself rightside out, no safety pin needed! Then just unstitch the ribbon piece and keep for the next project. Hope this helps and makes sense.

  36. 36
    The Wade Family says:

    I just saw this tutorial- THANKS! I had all my sewing stuff out so I whipped one out. I always have the problem that my head is too big for regular headbands b/c they always squeeze off- now I can make one according to MY measurements, not someone else's. THANKS!!

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    Anonymous says:

    at first i was confused, but its really very easy, thanks!

  38. 38
    baby2ck says:

    I just found your site and LOVE IT!! I was just browsing for pettiskirt instructions and found more than that. I own a sewing machine but I'm terrified of it (it's still in the box). With your tutorials, I'm excited and found a new easy project to start with. Thanks so much for the time you've invested :)

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    Joanna says:

    You are so creative!!! I was just thinking today how I wished there were cuter headbands and you had exactly what I was looking for. I love your blog~CUTE CUTE!

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    Brittany says:

    Wow, I hate sewing math! Thanks for posting these and doing the math for us!

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    Sarah says:

    Thanks for the tutorial-I posted it on my blog along with a picture of the one I whipped up :-)

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    samantha says:

    Ashley, I like your headband which can be in different widths and sewn and decorated casual or dressy or even in between. Your head band is not complicated nor time consuming and just right for sewing anytime. Thank you for your simplicity.

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    samantha says:

    Ashley, thank you for your head band tutorial. I like the head band because it can be sewin in different widths and it is simply simplistic . I can make it casual or semi casual or dressy. Your head band is not time consuming nor needing a lot of supplies, and can be sewn any time and quickly. thank you, Samantha

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    Maile says:

    Thanks so much. Doing this as a mother-daughter project. Love it!

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    Caroline says:

    Hi Ashley,
    I love the red fabric that you used. Do you know who makes it?

  46. 46
    Erica says:

    Thanks for this! I just made myself three to wear to the gym. Love them!

  47. 47
    Erica says:

    I found this post a few months ago and I’ve been wanting to try it. I finally got a chance tonight.
    I thought “hmmm, a half inch is not very big…I’ll try 3/4” Well, I should’ve gone with your half inch for sure! If I get a chance to do another one, I’ll definitely go narrower.
    Another thing I would do differently is the amount of elastic. I did one inch of elastic, but I have poofy curly hair and it’s kind of hard to get the headband on over my head/hair to get it down under it all. So I would try less fabric and more elastic next time….maybe 2-3 inches of elastic….so it can stretch more.
    Thanks so much for your post and your easy-to-follow instructions! I love your green headband in the pictures!

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    Lindsay says:

    Yay! I just found this. I was looking for ways to keep my toddler’s hair out of her eyes while growing out her bangs. I already whipped up one to match a skirt I made yesterday and can’t wait to use up some of the scraps I’ve been collecting. Thanks!

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    Betty says:

    Great idea! I am also growing out my short hair and agree that plastic headbands and glasses are uncomfortable. I am excited to make this. Thank you:)

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    Michelle B says:

    Love these!! I’ve already made myself like 16 out of scraps I have!!

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    lamia says:

    Oh Ashley! I love, love, LOVE your blog. Such simple and fantastic ideas. I always look forward to your next post. Really amazing. Keep it up.