Five Minute Headband

This post goes out to my non-sewing friends-- those of you that have a sewing machine, but don't know what to do with it! This is such an fast and easy project, not to mention a great way to bust through some scraps and change up a look with a new accessory.  So go ahead and give it a whirl! 

I already posted about the beautiful panels I received from Smoogie Fabric and Design, but I thought I'd show you how easy it was to make that headband! This panel was the smallest size-- just 11 x 19 inches. 

First up, you need to decide what size rectangle to cut for your  headband.

If you measure your head circumference and multiply that number by .85, you'll end up with the perfect length.  For example, my head circumference is 23.5 . . . mulitply that by .85, and I end up with 20 inches for my length! 

My head is big. 

My hair is too. 

Or skip the math, and use these numbers as a general rule:

  • Newborn: 12 inches
  • Infant: 13-14 inches
  • Toddler: 15-16 inches
  • Child: 17 inches
  • Adult/Teen: 18-20 inches

Your width is up to you! How thick do you want your headband? Remember that when you're finished, it will be half the width of what you cut. Four inches is a good place to start for a newborn or infant.  

Since this panel was 11 x 19, it was actually the PERFECT length for a nice, wide adult headband!

So, first up, I cut off the yucky curled edges and most of the selvdge (remember, I have that big head . . . so I needed the extra length, and I knew the white selvedge woudld be covered up at the end anyway.  

How awful is that cutting mat of mine? My kids paint on it :( 

Next I folded it in half, right sides together and sewed down the long edge, making a tube. 

I used my serger because I love it so, but this project is totally made for a sewing machine. 

Turn your tube right sides out and head over to the ironing board. 

Press the headband so that the seam is in the center of the back side of the headband. 

Now, fold it together again, right sides together, and sew the two short sides together.

Again, I used a serger, but feel free to use a sewing machine. 

Turn that baby right sides out, and the main piece of your headband is ready to go!

Now we just need to cover up that ugly seam because it's going to end up being front and center!

You can use a coordinating fabric, or even a piece of ribbon. 

I used coordinating fabric, cut into a piece 2 x 5 inches (I should have done it wider though, since my headband is so wide. At least 3 X 5 would have been better). I wanted it plenty long enough, because it's easy to cut off the extra, but it's not easy if it's too short to begin with. I did the same method of sewing it together down the long side, and then turning it right side out. 

Here is my headband and the centerpiece, both all ready to go.  I used clips to scrunch up the main piece of the headband to make it easier for me to put the centerpiece on. 

Wrap the centerpiece around the main piece of the headband and either hand sew it together or even use hot glue (we're not trying to impress anyone here, ha!). You're using the centerpiece to make a circle around the headband; you aren't actually attaching this piece to the headband at all. When it's attached, twist/rotate/turn it around so that the stitching or glue is facing the backside of the headband. 

And voila! Easy peasy!

The longest part was probably waiting for your iron to warm up!

Now put it on and smile at your masterpiece!

Or, in my case, use it to cover up the fact that I'm on day two of dry shampooing ;) 

Don't forget to check out the original post on all the panels I sewed up!