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Easy Elastic Headband Tutorial

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Easy Headband Tutorial

A girl with long hair can never have too many elastic headbands right?  One to go with every outfit and that will help keep her hair out of her face on a windy or hot, sticky summer day.  

(Especially a girl that keeps cutting chunks out of her hair. 😉  You can see really notice our latest adventure with scissors in this pic.)

I made my missy an elastic headband out of a red bandanna to go with her red white and blue outfit for school.  (They celebrated July 4th on June 4th this year.)  She tried it on and loved it so much, she begged for a few more.

What she loved about this elastic headband style is that it can be scrunched up and worn skinny or spread it out and cover the whole front section of her hair.  (Personally, I prefer the skinny look, but whatever, I’ll choose my battles, lol.)

Easy Elastic Headband Tutorial

These little elastic headbands are really easy to make and by the time I got to headband #5, I was whipping through the sewing and construction in a very short amount of time.  

By the last headband, it was taking me just as long to hem the edges of the large piece than it was to assemble the rest of the headband!

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These easy elastic headbands are cute made with a woven cotton, but I really love them in a thinner fabric.  (Like a chiffon.)

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Ready to make a few headbands for yourself?  Read on!

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How to make an Elastic Headband

All you need is a bit of fabric, elastic and a few minutes at the sewing machine!

Materials needed:

  • Fabric scraps
  • 3/4 inch elastic
  • basic sewing supplies

Sewing Instructions:

Step 1: Cut fabric and elastic:

  •  Fabric piece 1:  16 inches by 6 1/4 inches
  • Fabric piece 2:  10 1/2 inches by 2 3/4 inches
  • Elastic: 6 inches

Step 2: Hem the Headband Edges.

Hem the edges of the long piece of fabric with a very narrow hem.  I used my narrow hem foot on the chiffon, but I ironed the cotton 1/8 inch, pressed and folded another 1/8 inch.  (Don’t worry if you don’t have a narrow hem foot.  I made these infinity scarves without one, you can click over to that post to see how I did it.)

Step 3: Create Tube that Covers the Elastic

Fold the smaller piece of fabric in half, right sides together and sew along the edge using a scant 3/8 inch seam allowance.  (Trim excess seam allowance.)

Flip the tube right side out.  I used this little tube turner to help flip the fabric.  I haven’t tried it, but others swear by this one.

Step 4: Add Elastic.

Use a safety pin and thread the elastic through the fabric tube.  Secure each end with a pin.

Sew a quick basting stitch to hold the elastic in place.  (After you have done a couple you can probably skip this step.)

Layout the larger piece of fabric, right side up.  Line up the raw edges of the elastic piece and larger piece as shown below.

Fold the edge of the larger fabric piece over as shown below and pin in place.

Easy Elastic Headband Tutorial (how to make a headband)

Pleat the extra fabric on the backside so you are left with just enough on the other end to meet the ends in the middle.  (See next photo for a picture of what I mean.)

Wrap the other end of the fabric around the elastic piece and pin in place.

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Sew along the edge using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.  Trim excess fabric.

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Flip the main fabric piece around and repeat the steps to attach the elastic.

Easy Elastic Headband Tutorial (how to make a headband)

Voilà, a cute headband, perfect for summer!

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Easy Elastic Headband Tutorial

Easy Elastic Headband Tutorial
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty easy/intermediate
Estimated Cost 1.5

Materials

  • Fabric scraps
  • 3/4 inch elastic
  • basic sewing supplies

Instructions

Step 1: Cut fabric and elastic:

  1. Fabric piece 1:  16 inches by 6 1/4 inches
  2. Fabric piece 2:  10 1/2 inches by 2 3/4 inches
  3. Elastic: 6 inches

Step 2: Hem the Headband Edges.

Hem the edges of the long piece of fabric (fabric piece 1) with a very narrow hem.  

(I used my narrow hem foot on the chiffon, but I ironed the cotton 1/8 inch, pressed and folded another 1/8 inch.  Don't worry if you don't have a narrow hem foot.  I made these infinity scarves without one, you can click over to that post to see how I did it.)

Step 3: Create Tube that Covers the Elastic

Fold the smaller piece of fabric in half, (fabric piece 2) right sides together and sew along the edge using a scant 3/8 inch seam allowance.  

Trim excess seam allowance.

Flip the tube right side out.  

Step 4: Add Elastic.

Use a safety pin and thread the elastic through the fabric tube.  Secure each end with a pin.

Sew a quick basting stitch to hold the elastic in place.  (After you have done a couple you can probably skip this step.)

Step 5: Attach Main Headband Piece to Elastic

Layout the larger piece of fabric, right side up.  Line up the raw edges of the elastic piece and larger piece.

Fold the edge of the larger fabric piece over and pin in place.

Pleat the extra fabric on the backside so you are left with just enough on the other end to meet the ends in the middle.  

Wrap the other end of the fabric around the elastic piece and pin in place.

Sew along the edge using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.  Trim excess fabric.

Flip the main fabric piece around and repeat the steps to attach the elastic.

(you may need to refer to the photos in the tutorial above to have a belter understanding of this process.)

Voilà, a cute headband, perfect for summer!