This tutorial for How to Make a Stretchy Headband is perfect for those of us trying to keep the hair out of our little one’s faces or just for washing our face!
How to Make a Stretchy headband
We wear a lot of headbands around here.
My missy has a lot of hair and for whatever reason, her hair is the type that refuses to stay pulled back into her ponytail (prime example, lol.) Our solution to this issue is headbands! The bad news is we keep losing all our headbands, the good news is that they are super easy to make!
Our favorite type of headband is the kind made from stretchy fabric.
These little headbands are perfect for keeping your hair out of your face for sports, washing your face at night or to use at dinner time. (Please tell me we are not the only ones who finish dinner with as much food in our hair as is left on the plate, lol.)
Volleyball just started back up for us, so I decided I needed to replenish our supply of headbands. (A girl can never have too many headbands, lol!) The headbands only take a small amount of stretch knit fabric, so they are a great way to use up some of your scrap fabric. And they are so easy to make, you can whip up several in just a few minutes.
They look great with hair up or down!
How to Make a Headband:
Materials needed for this Headband Tutorial
- Scraps of stretchy knit fabric
- Ball point/jersey needle
- basic sewing supplies
Tips for sewing with knits:
- Use a ballpoint/stretch needle
- Sew seams with either a serger, stretch stitch, narrow zig zag or a straight stitch with a longer stitch length and a slightly loosened tension. (Make a couple of practice stitches on your fabric to see what works best.) I also like to use this “lightning bolt” stretch stitch on seams that need strength but a little give. (For today’s project I used a combination of straight stitch and zig zag stitch. I also made several with my serger – see how that looks here.)
- If you find your fabric keeps getting pulled inside the needle plate, place a small piece of tissue underneath the fabric so the feed dogs have something to grip. It also helps to move the needle all the way to the right, which forces your fabric over the feed dogs.
Ready to make a headband?
Head over to page 2 for the video tutorial and sewing instructions.