Fabric Hairband project (a.k.a stop touching your face!)

April 6, 2020

A beginner-friendly sewing project: a fabric headband… with a twist.

This sweet headband adds a fun pop of colour and is a stylish solution to keep your hair (and therefore hands!) off your face. This pattern is a great scrap buster using only three rectangles, some elastic and basic sewing supplies. A step-by-step photo tutorial is included.  

This tutorial is brought to you by our wonderful teacher and local quilter Kitka Neyedli @madebykitka.

Skill level: Beginner

PDF download of tutorial available at the end of the post.

1/4″ Seam Allowance throughout.

Gather Supplies

Cut Materials

  • 2 Qty rectangles 20.5″ long x 4″ high (for the band)
  • 1 Qty rectangle 11.5″ long x 2″ high (for the elastic casing)
  • 6″ long elastic (1/4″ wide works best)

Stitch Fabrics

Fold all three rectangles in half with right sides together (so still long just half as tall).

Stitch each rectangle on long raw edges, backstitch at start and stop, leave short sides un-sewn.

Turn all three rectangles right side out by pinning a safety pin to edge of one end and feeding it into tube and out the other side. Press all three pieces with a hot iron, with seam in the middle. 

Form Headband

Take the two large rectangles and place together with the center seam lines touching, then tie a knot. Go slowly and keep the knot somewhat loose (not super tight).

If needed, play around with the knot a bit to get the desired shape.  Choose which side will be up. As you play around with the knot it will form a sort of pyramid or twisted shape that will be a feature of your headband.

Attach Elastic to Casing

Attach safety pins to both ends of the elastic. With one of the safety pins, also attach it near the top of the casing along the ‘folded’ edge (opposite the stitched edge) catching three or four threads. Begin feeding this first safety pin down the tube, stopping just before the second safety pin disappears into casing. You may find it helpful to hold the end of the elastic, remove the safety pin, and re-secure elastic with a pin to raw edge of casing.

Continue feeding first safety pin through casing, scrunching fabric as you go and secure elastic with a pin. Remember to take this safety pin out, too. Stitch both ends, backstitching several times to ensure layers and elastic are caught in the stitching. Remove pins before stitching over them! If needed, trim ends. 

Attach Casing to Headband

Lay elastic casing on top of knotted headband, starting with one set of aligned raw edges. Ensure the correct sides of the pieces are together with knotted headband piece facing up and elastic casing with seam line facing up.

With raw edge aligned, place casing in middle of knotted band piece. This step is important as when you turn your band out in the final step, you will want the “top” side of the knot to be facing up and the raw edges of your seam concealed.

Fold the edges of the knotted band piece over to hide the elastic casing. Pin and stitch both sets of raw edges. 

Beginner’s Tip: If these layers are too thick to easily sew with your machine, consider placing a folded piece of fabric of equal height under the presser foot behind the needle to help your machine sew more easily. You may also wish to use the hand wheel to slowly sew (instead of using your foot pedal). Alternatively, sew this section by hand with a needle and thread. Go slowly and backstitch a few reinforcement stitches. 

When you turn the headband right side out, the join will wrap around and conceal the raw edges. 

Congratulations, you are done!

Download a pdf of this tutorial.

It would be wonderful to see your makes! Please share on Instagram @madebykitka @stitcherybc #isewlation #portmoodysews

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