Dec 4 2013
DIY Fabric Headband tutorial – Handmade Gift Series
Post by sara albers

Learn how to make a DIY Fabric Headband using scrap fabric and fold over elastic. This is the perfect beginner sewing project!

fabric headband tutorial

This tutorial for a little girls fabric headband takes under 30 minutes to complete. If you are looking for beginner sewing projects – you have come to the right place!

Check out more simple sewing tutorials on here and here. 

Read more for the full DIY Fabric Headband tutorial – Handmade Gift Series tutorial.

Supplies for the DIY Fabric Headband

supplies.fabric headband

How to make a DIY Fabric Headband

fabric headband steps

1. Using template (download and print here) cut 2 headband pieces. Fold fabric and place wide end of template on fold. The headband pieces are 12 inches in length. The oval shape headband is 1.25 inches on the ends and 2.5 inches in the middle. Cut a 10 inch piece of fold over elastic.

2. Place the right sides of the fabric together. Fold down 1/4 inch and iron one end of headband. Slid in the FOE between the fabric pieces. Pin the pieces together.

3. Starting at the end of the headband with the FOE sticking out, sew that end and the two long sides. Leave the other end of headband open. Leave a half inch on each side of 2 long sides on the open end.

4. Next pull the the inside out by pulling the inner fabric through the open end of headband.

5. Iron the headband flat. Iron in a quarter inch on the open end of the headband.

fabric headband alice and lois

6. Slip the FOE in the opening (about 1/2 inch). I recommend measuring your child’s head to determine the perfect fit for elastic.

7. Topstich all the way around the headband to give a clean look. Make sure and back stitch on the ends to ensure the elastic is secure.

fabric headband DIY

Now you have a sweet and simple fabric headband for your little girl.

*Check out the tutorial for the same headband for women here!

More Beginner Sewing Projects


Baby bibs

Reversible Headband

Shibori scarf ponytail holder

Curtain panels

Enjoy your sewing! – Sara

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  • ShirleyDecember 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    This is really nice and easy, thank you.

  • JulieJanuary 22, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Good afternoon. Your little girl headbands are adorable! I would love to make them but it wont let you print the template. Do you have another site that I could go to to get it to print?
    Thank you so much.



  • LaceyJanuary 23, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I would also love the template! It doesn’t seem as if it is available. Could I get it emailed to me? Thanks so much, I love these headbands!

    • sara albersJanuary 23, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Lacey –
      I just emailed it to you!

    • renee adamsApril 30, 2014 at 8:50 am

      I would also like the template emailed to me

    • DeliaMarch 31, 2020 at 3:03 pm

      Could you please email me the adult template? I work in a healthcare office and the mask rope is getting really tough on the ears we are going to try and make a few of these with buttons. Thanks!!

  • Beverly AicardJanuary 24, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I have six granddaughters and would love to make these for them. Could you possibly email me a copy of the template also. Thanks…..I love them…..

    • sara albersJanuary 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Hi Beverly –
      I just emailed you the template. If you have issues printing from our site, you can download and save the template to your desktop and then print.
      Thanks for reaching out!

  • Teresa RossFebruary 16, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I, too, would love to have the template emailed to me? Any suggestions for making adult headbands, i.e. how much bigger?

  • MiriamFebruary 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    These were so fun and easy. I spent an afternoon raiding my scraps. This should help me in my battle to keep my 4-year-olds hair out of her eyes. Also, my printer and computer are not getting along right now, so I appreciated your description of the template, I just made my own using the measurments as you explained it. Thank you!

    • sara albersFebruary 16, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Great Miriam! Glad you made some…they are simple and quick and so great for the little girls! My girl loves them.

  • RachelFebruary 16, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    These are so cute! Could you please send me the adult-sized template? Thanks!!

    • sara albersFebruary 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Hi Rachel –
      I do not have an adult template to print. When I made one for myself I just added an inch on both top and bottom of girls pattern. I would recommend measuring your head as well for size. I can email you the kid template if you have issues printing the kid temp.

      • DebApril 30, 2014 at 5:01 am

        I’m not sure where you enlarged – do you mean you added a total of 2″ to the length of the fabric?

        • sara albersApril 30, 2014 at 7:36 am

          HI Deb
          The headband image is actual size. The number represent the actual measurements. Let me know if it is not printing correctly.
          Thanks, Sara

  • CookieRNFebruary 22, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I would like to make a couple headbands. Could you send me the pattern as well?
    Also, where did you find the pretty colored elastic? I only see black, white, brown…boring colors, I like the pastel colors you have. Thank you so much!!!

    • sara albersFebruary 23, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Hi there
      I just emailed you the template! I also sent you a link to many Etsy shops that sell fold over elastic.

  • LindaApril 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Could you email the template to me please. Very cute!! Ty!!!

  • Sharon(Mimi) a PorchMay 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Love the cute little headbands, woukd you mind emailing me the template to make them please? And do I cute one piece on the fold or 2 pieces?

    Thank you, can’t wait to make some for my granddaughters!!

  • ruthanne thompsonMay 9, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Wow…..I would SOOOOO love the template for the headbands too! Thanks in advance….your tutorial will help me start a new craze in our little community!

  • Tara GarrisonMay 14, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Is there any way you could also email me the template? I’m eager to make one of these!

  • jessicaMay 19, 2014 at 12:29 am

    I’m having trouble printing the template, could you send it to me by email?.
    Thank you so much!

  • Colleen JanikowskiMay 27, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Would love to have you email the pattern. Do you have an adult size pattern too? If not I”ll adjust. Thanks. They’re adorable

  • KellyJune 6, 2014 at 6:33 am

    I was wondering where you get your fabric from. Do you have a website that you like it just from local store?

    • sara albersJune 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Kelly – I get fabric from so many places. There are a few local San Francisco places I shop. Also and many Etsy fabric shops!

  • DelaineJune 23, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I would love to have the template for the headband if you don’t mind sending it to me. Thank you in advance! They are so cute and my granddaughters will love them.

  • TraciJune 26, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Hi, could you please email me the template?

    Thanks!! Traci

  • ShaylaJune 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Could I also get the templet? They are so cute!

  • SarahJuly 1, 2014 at 10:55 am

    These are so cute! Would love to make some for my daughter and niece. Would you mind emailing me the pattern? Thanks so much!!


  • GloriaJuly 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Super cute! Could you please email me the template too??


  • HeidiJuly 3, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Thank you! I just made these in 4th of July prints for my 3 little girls to wear tomorrow. They turned out way cute and didn’t even take an hour to make 3 of them. Thanks again!

  • crystalJuly 10, 2014 at 5:07 am

    I love these, could you email me the template?

  • suzyJuly 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing the pattern. I’m very excited to stitch up some of these!