I finally have a tutorial for you! I made these baby headbands and took pics of the steps in the middle of July, hoping to get a tutorial up soon. If you’ve ever had a baby in the house you know the rest of the story and why it’s now nearly the middle of August and I’m just getting around to typing up the tutorial. :) Such is the crazy but wonderful life of having a baby. I’m not complaining. I absolutely love having a baby in the house.
First up is the knotted headband tutorial using KNIT fabric. I’ve been seeing these cute little headbands around a bit and wanted to make some for Ruby. They are really easy as well, which is what I need these days! This headband fits my tiny 2 month old, maybe a little too big for her but she will probably wear it till she’s 6 months old. It also depends on how stretchy the knit is that you use—some of her headbands will fit her longer because the knit stretches more.
I made a little pattern piece like this:
The straight short edge is where you fold the fabric for the middle of the headband. I made it wider at the ends of the headband, so the pattern piece starts at 1.5” wide to 2.25” at the other end. You can either round it or point it at the ends, but I like the pointed ends a little better. So for Ruby and probably to about 6 months, 11” in length (or 22” unfolded) works great. Just add length for larger sizes in the middle of the headband.
Take your fabric and fold it in half.
Fold the upper edge down so you have four layers of fabric and place your pattern piece along the left edge.
Cut and then open your two pieces. Place them right sides together.
I left the opening for turning at about 3” down from the tip—that way I didn’t have to sew it shut because it ends up inside the knotted portion of the headband.
If you have a stitch like my #4 on my machine, use that. Otherwise use a zig-zag stitch. Sew about 1/4” away from the sides.
Cut close to the edges at the ends so that it will lay flat when you turn right side out.
Turn the fabric right side out. Iron flat.
And tie a double knot! If you want to be sure the knot doesn’t stretch and make the whole headband too big, you can kind of squeeze a bit of hot glue into the knot and it should help hold it. I also put a dab of hot glue under the knot ends so they didn’t flop around so much.
Another way to do this is take one 2.5” x 22” piece of fabric (can make it thicker and longer if you need it larger).
Place right sides together and just sew up the long side.
Turn right side out and maneuver the seam so it is centered. Press.
I just clipped the ends into points and hot glued the ends closed, making sure I didn’t get glue on the outside so it shows.
Next up is just about the EASIEST flower headband you will EVER make. Seriously. It takes about two minutes and costs less than $2.00. And is pretty self-explanatory since it is so easy.
All you need for this one is fold over elastic, some flower trim, and a hot glue gun. I bought this flower trim at Joann—it costs about $0.50 for 3 flowers worth of trim, so if you have a coupon you can crank out a bunch of these for super cheap. The fold over elastic (FOE) I ordered from Elastic by the Yard. They have great prices and great colors, plus the shipping was really fast. I used 12” of FOE for Ruby. HERE is a great source I found for headband sizes.
Simply glue one end and overlap with the other end. When it is just cooled enough that you can touch it (so you don’t burn your fingers), squish the pieces together and hold for a minute. Once the glue is good and squished, your headband will hold.
Glue a line on the flowers on the back and glue onto the elastic over the “seam”.
Ta-da! Told you it was SO easy.
You can make a lot of different headbands using different trims. I found this pretty orange, yellow and white floral trim at Joann as well. It’s so easy to make cute headbands with already awesome trim.
The last headband is another one I’ve seen with different combinations of colors and triangles. I’d love to make some in more subtle colors actually. But this is a bit different and fun for a change.
For this one I used black craft felt, gold glitter foam, and black elastic.
Cut 3 gold triangles and 9 black triangles.
On 5 of the black triangles, cut off the tips of one point.
Glue your elastic together like you did in the headband above.
Glue the triangles on top of the headband starting with the one on the right pictured below.
Then on the back, glue on the triangles that have the tips cut off, making sure the top and bottom triangle tips are glued together.
And you are done!
Pretty easy headbands that were fun to make!
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