How to Make a Bandana Headband Out of Fabric in 8 Simple Steps

Kamille Alcantara
by Kamille Alcantara
7 Materials
10 Minutes

Hey, everyone! In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a bandana headband out of fabric. This simple and easy DIY is a great project for anyone looking for head scarf ideas or has been in the market for an elastic bandana headband, but couldn’t quite find one they liked. Grab any fabric you like and let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Elastic
  • Scissors
  • Safety pin
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
Sketch for the bandana

1. Prepare your materials

For this project, you’ll need two pieces of fabric. One, you’ll need a bandana piece which is a pentagon that is 18 inches wide and 12 inches tall, with 3-inch sides. Two, you’ll need a strip of fabric that is 12 inches x 2.5 inches. You’ll also need a piece of elastic that is 5 inches x 0.25 inches.

Pinning and sewing the edges

2. Pin and sew the edges to hem

Hem each side of your bandana piece by folding the edge twice and pinning it. 

Sewing the hems

Then, flip the fabric over and sew where it’s pinned.

Pinning and sewing the strip

3. Pin and sew the strip

Next, fold the 12 in x 2.5 in strip of fabric you cut out earlier horizontally and pin it. Sew along the open edge.

Turning the strip inside out

4. Turn the strip inside out

Pin a safety pin to one side of the strip and push it through the opening to turn the fabric inside out.

Inserting elastic into the strip

5. Insert the elastic

Similar to the previous step, pin a safety pin to one side of the elastic and use it to insert the elastic into the strip, and pull it out the other side.

Pinning and sewing the elastic

6. Pin and sew the elastic

Pin both ends of the elastic together and then hand sew them.

Sewing the elastic strip to the bandana

7. Sew the elastic strip to the bandana

Now, attach the strip with the elastic to each end of the bandana, folding each half of the 3-inch side of the bandana over the elastic strip. 

Pinning the fold closed

Pin the fold closed and then sew the ends. 

Cutting the excess thread

8. Cut the excess

Cut the excess thread. 

How to make a bandana headband out of fabric

How to make a bandana headband out of fabric

Turn it right side out, and you’re done! Here’s the finished stretchy bandana headband. I hope you liked this bandana headband tutorial. If you decide to try it out, let me know what you think down below!

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric
  • Elastic
  • Scissors
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