Headbands are one of the absolute easiest sewing projects anyone can make. The stretchy fabric is forgiving, and all the stitches are hidden. Don’t worry if they aren’t straight!
(Here are some clever things to help you sew a straight line if you need them though.)
This style of headband features a faux knot, sometimes referred to as a turban headband.
What fabric do you use for headbands?
Any fabric with a 4-way stretch is perfect for headbands. You want it to easily stretch over the head when it putting it on or taking it off.
You will need about 1/4 yard of a stretchy fabric, such as knit or spandex. Upcycling a t-shirt or leggings is a great idea.
We love this hot pink jersey knit.
The following basic sewing supplies are also used in this tutorial:
How to Make a Knit Fabric Headband Without Elastic
Begin by cutting a single piece of fabric the full width of your fabric. Use a measuring tape to determine the length by measuring the wearer’s head. Then add 1/2″ inch for the seam allowance.
Now fold the fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together and pin to hold.
Sew along the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Next, turn the tube of fabric right side out.
Then cut a second piece of fabric 4″ long by 6″ wide.
Fold the longer edges under 1/4″ once, then twice, and pin.
Sew along each edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Now fold the smaller fabric piece in half width wise with right sides together. Sew to form a tube.
Slide the larger piece of fabric through the tube.
Next, overlap the first fabric ends by 1/2″ and pin.
Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Then slide the smaller loop over the seam, and fold all stitching under so it can not be seen.
It is recommended to tack down the smaller loop at the corners by hand stitching them. This will ensure the fabric ‘knot’ stays in place over the seam during use.
You made a stretchy headband! To use, slide the headband over the head, then push it up and over the forehead.
It can be laundered by machine or hand.
Don’t forget to pin this project for later, and check out more awesome sewing projects for beginners listed below.
- Measure head to determine length of fabric.
- Cut fabric full width of the fabric by length of head plus 1/2".
- Fold fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together.
- Sew with 1/4" seam allowance.
- Turn right side out.
- Cut another piece of fabric to 4" long by 6" wide.
- Fold long edges under 1/4" twice.
- Fold in half width wise with right sides together.
- Slide larger fabric through small tube.
- Fold larger piece making ends overlap by 1/2".
- Sew with 1/2" seam allowance.
- Slide small tube over seam.
- Fold seams under.
- Hand stitch to tack in place.
Fabric with 4-way stretch is best for this project.
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