How to Sew a Headband for Kids or Babies
This morning I woke up and decided that Reesies bald little head needed a soft top knot headband. The hard headbands are just too much for their little heads and I didn’t feel like spending a ton of money on one. I get great satisfaction out of DIY, it’s a therapy for me, so I spent my time researching how to sew a headband. I found several other tutorials like this one, so I could form my own below. Im not by any means a master sewer. I have an inexpensive Brother sewing machine, and learned how to sew a straight stitch by watching YouTube tutorials and reading beginner sewing instructions like this one. It may be inexpensive but it’s a one of the best home sewing machines, perfect for what I need it for! So if you’re interested in starting out sewing but are intimidated, just know that if I can do it, you can do it!
If you are one of those people who are too busy and impatient for DIY, then head over to these Etsy shops to buy a headband for $5 and call it a day. The turban headbands are beyond adorable for the little ones. If the shipping on Etsy gets annoying (which it does for me). I love these velvet guys for $13 on Amazon:
I still prefer my free headband. So here are my simple steps to making a cute Top-Knot headband for babies.
1. Take an old cool shirt or piece of jersey fabric and cut a piece around 23-24″ long by 6″ wide. If you have a 10 month old baby with a head size in the 90% range like I do…this measurement should be fine!
If you cut it like I did, you can make 2 headbands because you will have two strips.
My least favorite part about sewing, is ironing, but its a necessary evil. Run the iron over your strips.
Fold the strips in half (the hot-dog way) with the right sides facing. To shape the ends, you can either free-style a rounded edge or create a little template like I did (and didn’t end up using).
Now cut around your template.
Keep those right sides facing and now perform my second least favorite part of sewing…PINNING. Pin all the edges of the open side and rounded top together.
Sew along the open edge at about 1/4″ seam. Make sure to stop somewhere along the long side and leave about a 2″ opening, so you can turn it right-side out.
Once you’re done, go to the opening you made and flip this bad-boy so the right sides are facing out. As for the opening, you can get fussy and hand stitch it closed with an invisible stitch. But Im not fussy and left it open because you really can’t see it.
Now for the fun part…tie it around your little bunny’s head and kiss their face because they look so cute in it!
If you love saving money with DIY, the pom pom skirts are SO expensive everywhere. Learn how I made one here for just a couple dollars using the same simple stitch.
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