Simple Summer Headbands Tutorial

It’s been incredibly hot around here lately so between the heat and planting a garden I needed a way to keep my hair out of my face! To solve the problem I designed these two fun and functional adult-sized headbands. They’re a great way to use up scraps of fabrics that you love and didn’t want to throw away! I did a regular headband style that’s reversible and a 3 strand headband, both with elastic at the base.

Three strand headband materials list: three strips of fabric 1″ x 18″, two strips of fabric 1″ x 1 3/4″, one 3 1/2″ piece of 1/2″ elastic (elastic not pictured)

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Reversible headband materials list: two strips of fabric 1″ x 18″, two strips of fabric 1″ x 1 3/4″, two rectangles of fabric 2″ x 18″. Fold the rectangles into quarters and cut off the corners (second photo below) to form the headband shape.

Prepping your fabric for either headband:

For either headband, you’ll make double fold bias tape out of the long 1″ strips and single fold bias tape out of the short 1″ strips. To do this, iron the strip in half. Then open it back up, fold both sides toward the center crease and iron again. You now have single fold bias tape. For the two long long strips, fold in half with the raw edges inside and iron one more time.

Sewing the three strand headband:

First, sew shut all 3 long strips of bias tape.

Then sew the three strips together at the ends.

Sewing the reversible headband:

With wrong sides together, line up the front and back and sew the strips of bias tape onto the sides.

Finishing both headbands:

Stitch the elastic strap to each side. Wrap your single fold bias tape around the seam where the elastic is sewn on. Fold under the raw edge, pin down and stitch along the top and bottom.

And here’s one last shot of the completed headbands!

Additional notes:

  • I based the size off of a storebought headband that fits me well. When you get to the elastic stage, you may want to safety pin it in place before sewing it down to make any adjustments necessary for a comfortable fit for you.
  • Rather than using homemade bias tape as directed, you could also use store bought.
  • These directions have you make 1/4″ bias tape. If you’ve never used bias tape before or if you find it’s tricky to work with you may want to make yours a bit wider. If you cut your strips to 1 1/2″ rather than 1″, your bias tape will be 3/8″ rather than 1/4″.
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  30 comments for “Simple Summer Headbands Tutorial

  1. June 11, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Great tutorial! I love the headbands…I’m going to have to make some very soon. Thanks for sharing!

  2. June 11, 2011 at 1:11 am

    This is great, thank you! I’ll give it a try.

  3. June 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Great tutorial and such pretty headbands… this may become a weekend project! Thanks for sharing!

  4. June 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Love, love, love these. I will be making these for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  5. June 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Love these! I will be making some for myself and my daughters. :)

  6. June 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

    what a cute headband.. I love the fabric and simplicity.. :)

  7. June 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Beautiful headbands – and a great tutorial!
    Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured your shirt to purse upcycle on my round tuit post this week!
    Round Tuit 53
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. June 12, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    These are so sweet!! Thanks so much for linking them up to Think Pink Sundays – I shared them on my FB page! :)

  9. June 13, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Thanks for linking these to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. June 13, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Cuuuute! I wish my kid would wear headbands. :(

  11. June 13, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Really cute! My teenager will love these!

  12. June 13, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I love these, and have never seen a tute for a skinny headband! I’m all over that one! Pinning!! :-)

  13. June 13, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I think your headbands are just darling! I wish I could make them and wear them, but I have an oddly shaped head. (That may explain my blog’s title.) Thanks for sharing!

  14. June 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Great idea!

  15. Mindie
    June 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I love headbands.

    Thanks for linking up at Bacon Time. Wow for a first party I can’t believe we had over 300 links. Can’t wait to see what you share next week. I have a special give away planned just for the linkers at the party.

    I would love it if you would grab the party button to add to your collection!

    • June 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks Mindie! Just added your button to the collection.

  16. June 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

    This is SOOO great!! thanks for such a comprehensive tutorial, i am gonna give this a try! and i pinned this to my pinterest 😉

  17. June 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Great tutorial for lovely headbands.

  18. June 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Awesome! I am so loving headbands right now, and this tutorial will help me make some super cute one. Thanks!

  19. June 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Adorable! I have a bunch of old clothes that I’m trying to upcycle and this is definitely going on my craft list!!

  20. Megan @ Canoe Ridge Creations
    June 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    These are great! I will be bookmarking! :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

  21. June 17, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Oh, these are fab, and saves me trying to work out a pattern in the 5 remaining days before I head off to the sun on holiday, thanks!

  22. June 17, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Lovely! I especially like the 3 stripes one.

  23. June 19, 2011 at 5:31 am

    These are awesome! Love that they are soft and not made of hard plastic that irritates the ears! Will have to try these! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

  24. June 19, 2011 at 11:22 am

    So stinkin’ cute!!! :) I wanna make one! :)

  25. June 22, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I’ve made a sweat band before, but never a headband! I need to give this a try! Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week!

  26. July 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I love these and it is just what I was looking for.

  27. Kristen
    March 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I got my fabric all cut out and realized I didn’t have 1/2″ elastic – bummer. Can’t wait to finish these! For some reason I was so nervous about cutting off the corners on the reversible. I’m still not sure it looks quite right LOL
    Thank you for sharing this tutorial!

  28. Lisa Mizerak
    June 15, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I loved this idea! I whipped one up last night in about 15 minutes. I am planning on making several of these to match my wardrobe…finally I can wear my hair down and keep it out of my face! Thanks sooo much for this tutorial.

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