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How to Make Fabric Headbands

Don’t you hate trying to decide how to fix your hair when you’re on vacation or during warm summer weather? I designed these DIY Fabric headbands using Liberty of London Fabric to help me tame my hair while traveling. This headband tutorial shows you how to make a fabric headband that does not require elastic.

DIY Fabric Headband Sewing Pattern on polkadotchair.com

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.

A few years ago, 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 had 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 that summer.  Today, I thought I’d share a simple sewing project I made to take with you on the trip.

How to Make Fabric Headbands

DIY Fabric Headband Sewing Pattern on polkadotchair.com

Whenever I travel, I get stuck between wanting to look nice and dressing practically enough to walk around a city all day. I default to my standard ponytail hairstyle when I travel and I was trying not to do that as much.  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.

DIY Fabric Headband Sewing Pattern on polkadotchair.com

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.

DIY Fabric Headband Sewing Pattern on polkadotchair.com

I chose two of my favorite Liberty of London 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.

DIY Fabric Headband Sewing Pattern on polkadotchair.com

Headband Sewing Pattern Supplies

14″ x 6″ piece of lightweight cotton fabric.  I used Liberty Lawn, but you could use a Voile also or simple cotton fabric.

Skinny headband

Hot Glue & Hot Glue Gun

Sewing Machine

DIY Headband Construction Steps

DIY Fabric Headband Sewing Pattern on polkadotchair.com

I’ve added a fun illustration above for you! So reference it as necessary.

Step One:

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides facing, and sew along the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step Two:

Turn the right side out and press with the seam in the center.

Step Three:

Run a gathering stitch along both ends and pull up on the gathering stitches to gather the fabric.

Step Four:

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.


Step Five:

Glue the fabric to the purchased headband when starting at the center and working out.

Step Six:

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 it in place using hot glue.

DIY Fabric Headband Sewing Pattern on polkadotchair.com

That’s it!!

Easy peasy, huh!! I’ve worn them several times over the years and have it on my “list” to make a few more to have on hand this summer.

DIY Fabric Headband Sewing Pattern on polkadotchair.com

and yep, I wore them in London and they came in VERY handy!

DIY Fabric Headband Sewing Pattern on polkadotchair.com

FAQ about the Headbands

Do they stay on your head?

Yes, I have found they stay on my head, and the skinny headband is more comfortable for me to wear than the wider headband.

Can you Use Knit Fabric?

Personally, I would not use knit fabric. But it won’t matter because the fabric is not what holds the headband on your head. It’s the skinny plastic headband that is glued to the fabric.

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DIY Fabric Headband Sewing Pattern on polkadotchair.com
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  1. These look great & you make them look so easy to make. I love your drawing. Coming by from Blogher. Lots of love, Lisa

  2. I love these! And so clever! I must get some Liberty fabric next time I am in London (can’t buy those fabrics over here) and make one. London is just the greatest place, one of our favorite cities and only a 45 mins flight away for us. So we do try and go at least once a year for a weekend. Each time there are new things to discover. Thank you for the patter and you look lovely when you travel by the way!

  3. Love these! Will have to source some skinny bands that don’t give me headache, I think I have a biggish head! By the way London phones are in boxes, never booths 😉

  4. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I was looking for just this kind of thing while growing out a short hair cut. I made three tonight and I love them all!

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  7. I love this tutorial and Love the way this headband updates my do! Only thing is that in your supplies list i think you forgot to add that we need 2 2×2 squares of fabric. It took me a minute to figure out that i was missing something. Otherwise Awesome!!!!

  8. Thank you for sharing your fabulous project ! I am researching for a 10 years old sewing theme party. This is something we can do! Please , can you provide more details about fabric dimentions? I will appreciate! Liz,

  9. What a great concept! I love to accessorize, and now I have something new to do with my scraps 🙂 🙂 :). I wear cochlear implants, so the metal headband will not work for me. Any words of wisdom about how to convert the pattern and attach elastic around the bottom? Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas!!

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