Stretchy Headband with Knot – Beginner Sewing Projects

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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.

Completed pink, knit headband setting on white background

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.

If you want to make several headbands, this beginner guide to buying fabric online and how to calculate fabric yardage are helpful.


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.

Pink knit fabric folded in half

Now fold the fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together and pin to hold.

Sewing pink knit fabric on sewing machine

Sew along the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Turning pink knit fabric inside out

Next, turn the tube of fabric right side out.

Cutting pink knit fabric with scissors

Then cut a second piece of fabric 4″ long by 6″ wide.

Pink knit fabric folded at long edge and pinned with straight pins

Fold the longer edges under 1/4″ once, then twice, and pin.

Hemming pink knit fabric with sewing machine

Sew along each edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Turning pink knit fabric right side out

Now fold the smaller fabric piece in half width wise with right sides together. Sew to form a tube.

Stitching fabric knot around fabric headband

Slide the larger piece of fabric through the tube.

Ends of knit fabric pinned together with straight pins

Next, overlap the first fabric ends by 1/2″ and pin.

Sewing headband into loop on sewing machine

Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Completed pink, knit headband setting on white background

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.

Girl with blond hair wearing hot pink knit headband with fabric knot

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.

Girl wearing pink stretchy headband with knot
Yield: 1 Stretchy Headband

Stretchy Headband with Knot

Girl with blond hair wearing hot pink knit headband with fabric knot

How to make a stretchy headband with knot from knit fabric. It's super easy and the perfect sewing project for beginners.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2.00


  1. Measure head to determine length of fabric.
  2. Cut fabric full width of the fabric by length of head plus 1/2".
  3. Fold fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together.
  4. Pin.
  5. Sew with 1/4" seam allowance.
  6. Turn right side out.
  7. Cut another piece of fabric to 4" long by 6" wide.
  8. Fold long edges under 1/4" twice.
  9. Pin.
  10. Sew.
  11. Fold in half width wise with right sides together.
  12. Pin.
  13. Sew.
  14. Slide larger fabric through small tube.
  15. Fold larger piece making ends overlap by 1/2".
  16. Pin.
  17. Sew with 1/2" seam allowance.
  18. Slide small tube over seam.
  19. Fold seams under.
  20. Hand stitch to tack in place.


Fabric with 4-way stretch is best for this project.

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