Jul 29 2014
DIY Women’s Fabric Headband
Post by sara albers

Learn how to make this great beginner sewing project, our DIY Women’s Fabric Headband. Perfect accessory for any time of year. 

DIY headbandpost by Sara

I always seem to be grabbing a scarf, headband or something to keep my hair out of my face in the summer. I made a bunch of fabric headbands for Harper earlier this year. She loves them and I do too. So, at last I made myself one!

The girl’s fabric headband tutorial on our blog is very popular (it has been pinned on Pinterest over 500,000 times (seriously crazy, right?!)! Many have asked for a women’s pattern and tutorial – so here you go! This DIY Women’s Fabric Headband tutorial is great for the beginner sewer. 

This is also a wonderful project to do for a craft night with girlfriends! 

Read more for the full DIY Women’s Fabric Headband tutorial…

Supplies: fabric scraps (2 pieces at least 13 inches long, 2.5 inches wide) | Fold Over Elastic | sewing machine  |  headband pattern

DIY women's headband

How to sew a DIY Women’s Fabric Headband

Step 1

Cut two headband pieces. Fold fabric and place wide end of pattern on fabric fold. The headband pieces are 13 inches in length. Next, cut a 10 inch piece of fold over elastic.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4

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

DIY women's headband

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

Stitch along the end of the headband a couple of times to secure the elastic.

Step 8

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.

DIY women's headband tutorial

headband sewing tutorial on aliceandlois.com

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All photos by Sara Albers & Melissa Fenlon for alice & lois. All rights reserved.

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