Don’t you hate trying to decide how to fix your hair when you’re on vacation? I designed these DIY Fabric headbands using Liberty of London Fabric to help me tame my hair when I’m traveling. If you like this sewing tutorial you may also like this Liberty T-Shirt Sewing Project and these cute printables that you can attach to hair ties to make a sweet gift.
This last month has been an absolute whirlwind. I think when I sat down and counted I realized that I have been to 14 cities in the last 30 days. No wonder I’m so tired.
This summer my oldest daughter had the opportunity to study abroad in London, once I found out she was going I decided that I was absolutely going to pick her up. The last time I was in London was in 1997, coincidentally when Princess Diana passed away.
I’ve been wanting to go back ever since I left. I loved England on that first trip almost 20 years ago and I loved it, even more, when I visited this summer. The trip deserves a blog post of its own, but for now, I thought I’d share with you a simple sewing project that I made to take with me on the trip.
How to Make Fabric Headbands:
Whenever I travel I get stuck between, wanting to look nice and dressing practically enough for walking around a city all day. I default to my standard ponytail hairstyle when I travel and I was trying not to do that this trip. I love headbands, but they don’t stay on my head for some reason (I must have an oddly shaped head).
A few years ago I bought a fabric headband that was glued to a skinny headband and it stayed on my head all day and didn’t give me a headache.
So the morning I left for the trip (yes, genius timing I know) I sat down and made two headbands. So when I say this is a simple sewing project, I’m not kidding. It’s fast.
I chose two of my favorite liberty prints (the one on the right is leftover from my Liberty t-shirt project) that I thought would match some of the clothing I had packed for the trip.
If you’d like to make one for yourself here’s how:
Cloth Headbands Tutorial Supplies:
14″ x 6″ piece of lightweight cotton fabric. I used Liberty Lawn, but you could use a Voile also.
Liberty of London Fabric Headband Construction Steps:
I’ve added a fun illustration above for you! So reference it as necessary.
Fold the Fabric in half lengthwise, right sides facing, sew along the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Turn right side out and press with the seam in the center.
Run a gathering stitch along both ends, pull up on the gathering stitches to gather the fabric.
Cut two pieces of fabric to 2″ x 2″. Fold under two of the raw edges 1/4″ towards the wrong side of the fabric.
Starting at the center and working out, glue the fabric to the purchased headband.
With one of the folded edges of the fabric flush with the ends of the headband, hot glue the wrong side of the folded 2×2 piece to the bottom of the headband.
Wrap the raw edges of the fabric in, and secure in place using hot glue.
Easy peasy huh!! I think I’ll make a few more in Fall colors now that the weather is starting to turn.
and yep, I wore them in London and they came in VERY handy!
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