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How to Sew a Headband – Easy Stretchy Headband Tutorial

Today I will show you how to sew a headband in less than 10 minutes! Headbands are great when you’re playing tennis or basketball, but they aren’t good just for that. Aside from being practical during sports activities, headbands can be a great alternative to hairbands when you want to let your hair rest a bit, or as a casual fashion accessory!

Most people buy ready made headbands in stores, but us sewing enthusiasts aren’t those kinds of people, am I right? If we can sew something, we don’t buy it!

Making your own headbands is super easy, and you can quickly sew half a dozen for almost any outfit combination.

diy headband in use

You already know where this is going. Here’s a tutorial that will teach you how to sew a stretchy headband, in a fun and easy way and in less than 10 minutes

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How to Make a Headband

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial how to make a headband with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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STEP 1: Make the headband pattern

The first thing you’ll have to do is to make a custom headband pattern, according to your measurements.

Use a measuring tape to measure the circumference of your head. Wrap the tape around your head at an angle, so that it goes from above your forehead, to behind the ears and towards the nape of your neck. My head circumference is 22.5 inches (57cm) and my fabric has 50% stretch so the length of my headband is 21.5″ (54cm)

Subtract an inch from the measurements if your fabric has 50% stretch or one and a half inch if it’s 75% stretch type. This will be the length of your pattern.

diy headband - cutting fabric

The width of the headband is your call, this is how I make mine:

  • Standard headband – 4 1/2″ (11cm) wide
  • Thin headband – 2 inches (5cm) wide
  • Wide headband headwrap – 10″ (25cm) wide

Cut a paper or cardboard rectangle in the measurements you got and that will be your pattern. Use the pattern you made as a guide for cutting out the fabric.

STEP 2: Pin

Fold the fabric piece in half lengthwise so that the long edges are aligned and the wrong side is facing up. Secure the layers in place with pins or clips.

diy headband pinned

STEP 3: Sew the headband

Now you’ll need to sew the long raw edge. Start stitching one inch from the short raw edge and stop one inch from the other short edge. Use either stretch stitch or a zig zag stitch.

diy headband sewn long edge

TIPS: Sewing stretchy knit fabrics

Your best bet is to use a serger machine to make a stretch stitch. If you don’t have one, it’s ok, just use the machine you got but go with a stretch stitch or a zig-zag stitch. You need to make a seam that will stretch because if you make a normal seam by using a straight stitch, the thread will snap and the seam will come undone as soon as you stretch the fabric a bit.

Another important thing you’ll need to remember is to use a jersey needle / ball-point needle that has rounded tip that won’t damage the fabric. If you use a regular needle on this kind of fabric, it will slice and pierce the fibers and ruin the entire thing.

STEP 4: Turn around and pin

Turn the headband halfway through with a tube turner, a safety pin or by just pushing the fabric through the tube.

diy headband turn the tube around halfway

Make sure that the short raw edges are aligned and pin them or secure them with clips.

diy headband pinned short edge

STEP 5: Sew the short edge

Sew the raw short edges together, using a stretch stitch or a small zig zag stitch.

diy headband - sew short edges

STEP 6: Turn right side out

You will notice that the sections you left unstitched in the previous step are now aligned and you have an opening on one of the long sides of the headband. Turn the headband right side out through that opening.

Tuck in the raw edges of the opening and pin them together.

diy headband pinned gap

STEP 7: Sew the gap

All that remains now is to sew that opening shut. You can do that by hand, using a needle and a thread to sew a ladder stitch. If you want to do it faster, you can go ahead and use a sewing machine. Don’t worry about the seam, it won’t be visible even if you use the sewing machine.

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STEP 8: (Optional) Make a faux knot

Take a piece of fabric 4 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. Fold it in half so that the long edges meet and the wrong sides are facing up. Pin the layers or use clips to secure them.

Sew the long raw edge. Turn inside out.

Tie the piece around your headband, on the place where the ladder stitch is.

Fold the raw open ends in and sew them shut by hand.

diy headband making of the faux knot

If you want to prevent the knot from moving, sew it vertically along its left and right side. Catch just one layer of the headband as you do so.

Your new headband is ready for fashion action!


Did you like this DIY headband tutorial? Now that you know how to make a headband, feel free to experiment and make a bunch of different ones for all kinds of occasions! Making your own headbands is so easy that you can go ahead and surprise your friends by making some for them as well. They make great gifts! Have fun with your new stylish accessories!

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Lydia C. Lee - May 31, 2021

Lovely & simple too #AnythingGoes

jess - June 1, 2021

Sometimes I wish I was crafty! My mom used to sew and make some of my dresses. This headband looks lovely and perfect for the hot months when you want your hair out of your face.
thanks for linking!
jess xx

Shelbee on the Edge - June 6, 2021

These are really cute! I wish I could wear headbands like this but they never stay on my head properly! I think the back of my skull is too flat or something! Thanks for sharing and linking with me, my friend!


Kaycee - June 6, 2021

Girl, this is fantastic! Thank you so much for making your tutorial so easy to understand and follow! Can’t wait to try it! Chose you as my favorite feature for OMHGWW at! Thank you for linking up! You are awesome!

Donna @ Modern on Monticello - June 7, 2021

These are perfect for summer. I bet even a non-sewing person like myself could easily make this one too. Thanks for sharing it. #HomeMattersParty

Esmé Slabbert - April 26, 2023

Thank you so much for linking up with @esmesalon #SeniorSalonPitStop 258. Tweeting this for now but check back on Monday with the new linkup to see if you made the top 15 list or mentioned by co-hosts

Anne - April 28, 2023

What a cute headband and you make it look so easy to make.

chickenruby - April 30, 2023

I was going to make some hair scrunches this week but I’ll have a go at the headband first. Thanks for sharing with #pocolo


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