What is it about headbands that just makes them so cute?! I see fun fabric and think “that would be awesome as a headband”. I love trying different versions of headbands, and the tied knot one has been on my to-do forever. So here ya go, the Fabric Knotted Headband of awesomeness:
I love using quilter’s fabric for fashion -there are just so many fun prints. I found this designer fabric at JoAnn, and I’m in love with the whole line.
True Crafter’s Confession: I made the headbands for my girls but then stole one back for myself – it was just too cute not to!
But of course, it’s cute on them too (and a matching one for my niece). The great thing is that it’s adjustable, adult to child, because you tie the knot to specifically fit your head. Perfect!
Fabric Knotted Headband
So, let’s get started with the tutorial – – You’ll Need:
–Fabric (mine is from JoAnn) – you can get away with 1/4 yard
–scrap piece of 1 inch elastic (about 1-2 inches long)
–Pattern piece – you can download as a PDF here
Put your pattern piece on the fold of the fabric and cut around it. Do this twice, so you’ll have two pieces.
You’ll end up with two pieces of fabric (below you can see it folded, then unfolded) and elastic that will span that middle section when stretched:
Put the pieces right sides together and with a small seam allowance, sew all the way around, leaving an opening at the center middle section:
Below you can see the spot where I didn’t stitch:
Through that opening, pull the whole headband right-side out. Then iron it to make the edge seams nice and crisp. Now to add the elastic. Insert it into the opening and shimmy it to one side and zig zag sew that edge of elastic. Then kind of gather up the headband to where the other end of the elastic is at the other end of the flat section and zig zag that into place.
You can see the two zig zags when I stretch it out in the pic below:
And when it’s not stretched, it gathers the fabric in that section – here a back view of the headband to see that:
Then topstitch (which is just sewing along the top of the fabric) the outer edge, all the way around the headband:
That’s it! Try it on and tie the ends in a double knot that will allow for the perfect fit around your head.
It’s fun to wear kind of “hippie” style, around your forehead (like we did), but you can totally wear it as a regular headband too – that would look extra cute with a messy bun, etc.
and a hint to our new-found “farm lifestyle” – –
Hope you enjoy the Fabric Knotted Headband!
If you love making headbands like I do, check out a few more of my tutorials below: