How to Make a Cute Ruched Satin Headband From Scratch

Dami Dimension
by Dami Dimension
7 Materials
1 Hour

For all the fabulous fashionistas who love accessorizing with headbands, then I have the perfect project for you. I’m going to show you how to make a satin headband using only fabric and elastic!

This lovely ruched headband is so straightforward and makes for a beautiful statement piece that will elevate your outfit and style. Also, if you have scrap fabric, it’s a great time to use it! Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Satin fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Marker
  • 1-inch elastic
Measuring the pieces for the satin headband

1. Measure and cut

To make the DIY satin headband, you’ll need to measure;

  • Main Piece - 7x40 inches
  • Elastic casing- 3x15 inches
  • Inner piece- 2x14 inches
  • Elastic 1x7 inches
Measuring the fabric piece

2. Sew the headband

Take your main fabric piece and fold it in half. Measure 2 inches up from the fold and make a mark.

Then, measure 8 inches from the shortened (lengthwise) and make another mark. 

How to make satin headbands

Connect these two points together and cut along the line. This will serve as a stunning tapered effect, so it’s really a crucial step. 

Making a DIY satin headband

You should have something that looks like this. Now, repeat on the other end. 

How to sew a satin headband

Fold the main piece with the right sides facing each other. Then, sew along the edge with a ¼-inch seam allowance. 

Sewing the casing for the elastic

While you’re at it, take your elastic casing (3x15 inches), fold it in half, and stitch the raw edges together, too. The same seam allowance applies here, too - ¼ inch. 

Turning the fabric right sides out

Turn the main piece right sides out. Pin a safety pin at the ends and use it to turn the wrong side inside. Also, do the same for the smaller piece. 

Pressing the fabric pieces after sewing

Ironing the seam line in the center

Go ahead and iron the small elastic casing piece. I suggest not ironing the main piece as it will create visible creases—Iron the small piece in a way that the seam line is centered, as shown. 

Inserting elastic into the casing

3. Insert the elastic

Using the safety pin again, feed your elastic through the ironed elastic casing. 

Pinning the edges of the headband

Pin the edges so it doesn’t move and put aside for now. 

Inserting the inner piece into the big piece

4. Insert the inner piece

Feed the inner piece (2x14 inches) through the main piece. Again, use a safety pin to make it easier. Note that this inner piece will create the magic and turn your headband into a ruched headband. 

How to make a ruched headband

Pin the side and then ruffle the main fabric until you get to the other short end of the inner piece. 

DIY ruched headband

Pin the other end, and voila! You have a lovely ruched effect. 

Sewing the ends of the satin headband

Sew the ends in place with a ¼-inch seam allowance. 

Sewing the ends of the elastic casing

Also, don’t forget to sew the elastic casing ends, too. 

DIY satin headband tutorial

5. Assemble the DIY headband

Align the main piece’s short ends and the elastic casing, making sure the right sides are facing each other.

How do you distinguish the right from the wrong side? Easy! Simply look for the seams. The side with the seam is the wrong side, while the side without is the right side. 

Sewing a DIY satin headband

Making a DIY ruched headband

Once the short ends are aligned, fold the excess seam from the main fabric onto the elastic casing. 

Tip: Trim off any threads for a neater finish. 

Stitching the end

Now, stitch down the end and repeat on the other side. 

Tip: Overlock the raw edges to prevent fraying. 

Flipping the satin headband

Flip the headband the other way so that the right sides face out. 

Hiding the raw edges

If you want to hide the raw edge of the short ends, it’s best to measure 1 inch instead of 2 inches at the beginning (when creating the tapered pattern). 

How to make a satin headband

How to make a satin headband tutorial

So, how do you like this exquisite rushed headband? You can make a couple of these and start a collection of your own. What did you think of this tutorial? Let me know. I’d love to hear your feedback! 

Suggested materials:
  • Satin fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
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