Easy Headband Sewing Pattern Tutorial: 3 Cute Headband Ideas

11 Materials
30 Minutes

Today, I’m going to show you exactly how to sew a basic headband, a twisted headband and how to make a bandana headband.

To help you, I’m giving you three sewing headband patterns that you can download and print out.

DIY fabric headbands are easy to sew and make great gifts, as well as being colorful and fun accessories for yourself.

Making basic headband

1. Basic headband

Measure from the top of your head to behind your neck and deduct 6 inches (16 cm). That’s how I arrived at the length of 16 inches (40 cm) for the length of my headbands.

You can adjust the size to fit a larger or smaller head.

You’ll need two pieces of fabric, one 16 inches (40 cm) by 2.5 inches (6 cm) for the back elastic band and one 16 inches (40 cm) long by 5 inches (12 cm) deep for the main front band.

Making basic headband

Fold both pieces in half lengthways with the right sides facing and sew the long edges.

Use a safety pin to turn them right side out.

Making basic headband

Cut a piece of elastic narrow enough to go through the smaller tube to a length of 8 inches (20 cm).

Use the safety pin again to thread the elastic through the small tube and pin both ends of the elastic in place.

Making basic headband

Pin the elastic to the center of one end of the larger band on the right side.

Fold each side of the band over the elastic band and pin and sew in place.

Making basic headband

Trim off the excess fabric at each end.

Making basic headband

Turn the main band to the right side.

Basic headband

Making twist headband

2. Twist headband

Take your head measurement as before and deduct 4 inches (10 cm). Doing this gave me a length of 18 inches (46 cm).

Cut two pieces of fabric each 18 inches (46 cm) long by 5 inches (12 cm) deep and one piece 16 inches (40 cm) by 2.5 inches (6 cm) as before.

Making twist headband

Fold all three pieces in half lengthways with the right sides together and sew the long edges.

Turn them right side out and press flat.

Making twist headband

Thread an 8 inch (20 cm) piece of elastic through the smaller tube as before, pinning both ends in place.

Making twist headband

Lay out the two larger pieces with the seams uppermost and cross one over the other.

Making twist headband

Fold each piece in half with the seams on the inside.

Making twist headband

Being careful not to twist the bands again, place the elasticated strip in the center of each end on the right side and fold the bands over it.

Pin and sew in place.

Cut off the excess and turn right side out as before.

Twist headband

Making cottagecore bandana headband

3. Cottagecore bandana headband

Deduct 4 inches (10 cm) from your head measurement, which gave 18 inches (46 cm) in my case. 

Cut a piece of fabric 12.5 inches (32 cm) by 18 inches (46 cm) for the bandana and a second piece 16 inches (40 cm) by 2.5 inches (6 cm) for the elasticated section.

Making cottagecore bandana headband

Fold the bandana part in half widthways with the right sides together. 

Draw a line 4 inches (10 cm) across the short edge at one end.

Making cottagecore bandana headband

Fold the top corner down so the side edge meets the line and press the diagonal fold.

Making cottagecore bandana headband

Cut along the fold and open out the remaining piece.

Making cottagecore bandana headband

Turn in a narrow double hem along all three edges.

Making cottagecore bandana headband

Create the elasticated band as before.

Attach it to the straight side edges of the triangle on the right side.

Finish the headband in the same way as the others.

Cottagecore bandana headband

DIY headbands

DIY headbands

It’s fun to make headbands to match your clothes.

As they only take a small amount of fabric, it’s also a good opportunity to use luxury fabrics such as silk, satin, organza, velvet and taffeta and give your outfits an uplift in style and glamor. 

Choose your favorite style or make all of them! And I’d love to know in the comments how you get on.

Next, learn How to DIY a Cute Blouse With Butterfly Sleeves.

Suggested materials:
  • Free basic headband sewing pattern
  • Free twisted headband pattern
  • Free cottagecore headband pattern
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