1.28.2010

Elastic Fabric Covered Headband Tutorial




These cute fabric covered headbands are so easy to make and we're so glad we finally have a tutorial here on our website to share with you.  Paige found one of my headbands that she had kept from college and so I took a close look at it and thought, "I think I can make this."  After trial and error on a few drawn out patterns, we finally decided this was the size we liked.  



First thing you need to do is download and print out the pattern that I drew out.  You can get it HERE.  Make sure you cut out the pattern on the outside of the black line.  I think this might be a tad bit thinner but you can make it wider if you'd like. 


The printed drawing is only half of the final pattern so make sure you place the wide part of the pattern on the folded edge of the fabric.

I doubled my fabric so that I could get both sides at one time.



This is what they should look like after you've cut them out.

You will also need some light interfacing to help stabilize the headband.  You'll only need one of these.



Next, you need to iron down about 1/4 inch on each end of your fabric.

Your interfacing will need to be cut, on each end, about 1/4 inch so that it will be equal length with the fabric.



Now, you need to layer your three pieces like the picture above.  Right side of one piece of fabric facing up, the next piece of fabric wrong side facing up, and then you can stick the end of your interfacing inside the fold.

Then, sew along each side of your layers, all the way to the end.  



The easiest way, and cleanest way, that I've found to trim the thread is to use fingernail clippers.

You can cut very close with the clippers so you can't see a string at all.


You will need a medium sized safety pin to turn the headband inside out.  Put the safety pin through the side of fabric with the interfacing.


You will need push the safety pin through the inside of the headband.  At first, it's kind of tricky to get started but then it should pull through easily.



Here's a better picture of how it comes through.  You'll need to iron it flat after this.

You will also need some elastic.  I think this is 3/4 inch wide, but you can use smaller if you prefer.


Place one end of your elastic inside one end of your heaband.



Then sew across the edge so hold the elastic in place.  Then trim your thread.


Do the same thing to the other end.

Finally, you will need to stitch around the edge of each side of the headband.  Trim your thread.


Then, you're done!



It only takes about 15 minutes!!

29 comments:

Free Pretty Things For You said...

what a wonderful tutorial! i cant wait till my little girl has hair!! :)

Lori said...

Thank you for freebies. Link on your post was added to Lori's freebie list

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the CraftCrave Tutorials search engine today (look for timestamp: [29 Jan 02:00pm GMT]).

CBH-Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 7 post on Jan. 29, 2010. Thanks again.

The Girl Creative said...

Just found you via Kevin and Amanda. Totally cute blog. Adding you to my blog list asap. :)

jessica said...

I've got to make this! What a great tutorial! THanks for sharing!

The HoneaBees said...

Did you see yourself on thirtyhandmadedays.com???

Goings on at the Glenn's said...

how do you determine how long your piece of elastic is?


brittanyeg@gmail.com

Amanda Jones said...

these headbands are so cute! I cannot wait to try them out... this is definitely one of my favorite headband tutorials out there. I linked to this on my blog (http://myinspirationindex.blogspot.com) since it is so great... I hope that is okay!

The Traveling Wife & Mommy said...

i just love this...i dont know how to sew for nothin but im sure i can do this.....it'll be a future project of mine :) especially cause i have a baby girl who will definitely use them :)

City Girl (EC1) said...

So cute! :) Very creative x

oakleafdesign said...

Great idea...my nieces would love these. Do you still have the download available? I clicked on the link and it said the file was deleted.

Thanks for the great idea!
Charmaine

Anonymous said...

How long should the elastic be?

Jessica B said...

I'd love to make this but the pattern is deleted! Please help!

Anonymous said...

I just found your site today, over 2 years since your original posting of this pattern. What a fabulous way you've made to sport the headband look without the headband head-ache! Might there be a way to release the pattern to us late-comers?!! Thanks for sharing your skills with the rest of us!

Craftysahm said...

Hi, I love this idea and want to make a few for our oldest niece!
However, I can't download the pattern piece :(
Also, what size is the piece of fabric that you start with?

Helen said...

this is awesome! thanks for the pattern and the tutorial. It's going to take me a lot longer than 15 mins. to make one of these. I hand sew.

Anonymous said...

The link for your pattern is broken. It is no longer stored there. Can you please repost it.
Thank you.

Kristy said...

I'm interested in your pattern too... found this on pinterest... :)

Debbie said...

I too found this on pinterest but the pattern link expired.

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE this pattern....please repost :)

Anonymous said...

Agreed! Please repost :-))

Anonymous said...

Can you please email me the pattern?

MacMommyUnleashed@yahoo.com

Thank you!

Christine said...

I would love to use this pattern for a sewing lesson I am giving one of the tweens in my church. she wants to learn to make a headband. Could you email me the pattern? I think this would be a great tool to improve her sewing skills and have fun.

geckocraft@att.net

Anonymous said...

This is perfect just what ive been looking for my littke girl. Please could you repost the link or email it to me at xarrabellax@yahoo.co.uk

infinity said...

do you have this pattern for a newborn I love this headband

Alice Villarreal said...

Hello, can you please email me the pattern? I can not get it to load. Thank you so much, my daughter and I look forward to making these. alicev1806@gmail.com

Rekha Chauhan said...

i like it..its very interesting concept

cantonlace said...

Fabulous!

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