Okay, I had another request for a DIY tutorial so I figured I’d give it a go. A friend of mine sent me a picture of some adorable headbands she saw online and asked if I could show her how to make them. It just so happens that I’ve been secretly lusting over these beautiful little creations myself, but haven’t been able to find a tutorial anywhere and I’m way too cheap frugal to buy pre-made ones.
I took a little trip to Hobby Lobby (where Callie decided she’d say “hi” to every single person we passed… at least once) and picked up some jersey knit material. They were a little on the pricey side so I just got ¼ of a yard per color. I was kinda disappointed in their selection; they really didn’t have much to choose from.
Anyway, I spent an afternoon trying to figure it out and finally had some success. This is just the way that I did it, and by no means am I a professional, so if you can find a way to do it better, go for it!
What you’ll need:
· Jersey Knit material (or an old t-shirt that you want to upcycle)
· Sewing machine
· Straight pins
Step 1: You’ll want to cut the material. I played with a lot of different lengths but found that (for my 12 month old) 22” X 5” worked the best.
Step 2: After your material is cut, fold it in half (like a hotdog). Be careful because this material likes to roll up on itself.
Step 3: Take your piece of paper and using a round object from your house (I used one of Callie’s stacking cups) trace a semicircle onto the paper and cut it out. This will be your guide for the ends of the fabric. If you want a more pointed look, you can free hand that as well. I like the rounded look for these headbands myself.
Step 4: Using your paper guide, cut out the shape on both ends of your fabric.
Step 5: Pin your fabric in place. This is totally optional; I skipped this part completely because I’m a little impatient… Something I continually pray for. J
Step 6: Sew the edges together. I used a ¼ seam allowance but you can do whatever, just don’t get too close to the edge because this material tends to get sucked down into the sewing machine. I also used a straight stitch instead of a zig-zag. In the middle, skip over a little section of material (backstictch this or it will come apart when you turn it right-side-out). If you skip this you won’t be able to turn the material right side out.
Step 7: Trim the edges
Step 8: Turn the material right side out
Step 9: (Optional) You can hand stitch the little section that is left open if you so choose. Because this material folds over onto itself, I just left the hole there; you really can’t see it when it’s on…
Step 10: Tie a square knot with the ends.
Now you’re finished! I must say, I’m pretty pleased with the way these little beauties turned out. They’re very stretchy and comfortable, Callie didn’t mind wearing it one bit. Feel free to play around with the width, too. The smaller the width the thinner the headband will be. You can find my sailor knot headbands now on sale in my etsy shop!