Don’t forget your green! This super easy tutorial is a perfect accessory for any look. You can use dozens of colours, prints and mix fabric types so you can get that perfect look with ease. Great as a first project for kids and perfect for exercising or accessorizing! We made our hairband to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day but any colour would be great.
Tools and Materials
1) ⅛ yard of Stretch Fabric
2) ⅛ yard of Feature Fabric (any material type. We used cotton)
3) Matching or Contrasting thread
5) Hand sewing needle
6) Straight Pins
7) Sewing Machine
Step 1: Wash and iron your fabric. Measure around your head where the hairband will sit once it is complete.
We are basing this tutorial off a finished measurement of 24″ but will also include steps for how to calculate for your own measurements.
Step 2: Cut your individual strips. We decided to have less of our feature fabric showing. If you’d like your feature fabric to show more than ours has you may adjust your sizing accordingly.
Fold your cotton fabric in half (see diagram below). Since we have decided to have a smaller portion for our featured fabric, we will be cutting our feature fabric at a length at 17”. Here is the math:
- Half of the finished length measurement = 12” (not measuring for loss when folding over on itself)
- +2” for seams = 14”
- +2-3” for the knot = 17” (this is the length of the piece to be cut)
- When folded in half = 8.5”
- Fold your knit fabric in half, marking the mid point as a guideline.
- Half of the finished length measurement = 12”
- Double this measurement (to allow for folding it over on itself)= 24″
- +2” to allow for seams = 26”
- +2-3” for the size of knot at the top of the hairband = 29”
- Since we decided to have a shorter length of our feature fabric, we need to add the difference back to this piece (12 – 8.5” = 3.5”) = 32.5”
- Adjust as needed. For ours we added an extra1.5” to allow for very curly hair.
- = 34”
Note: To cut for a hairband that is equal parts knit fabric and feature fabric. simply do the math using your half of your finished lengths for each piece. When following the math above for the knit fabric, do not add the extra 3.5” difference (since you are not missing any fabric length).
Step 3: Sew both your fabrics into tubes making sure the WRONG sides of the fabric are facing one another. Use a straight stitch on the non-stretch fabric (like my cotton) and a zig-zag stitch to sew the knit fabric. Be sure to leave the tubes open on both ends.
Step 4: Turn your fabric tubes right side out. You may want to press your fabric so the seam is nice and crisp.
Lay both your fabric tubes on a flat surface, folding them in half so they look like two ‘U’ shapes. Lay them out like this:
Then pull the knit fabric up through the featured fabric:
With your hand in the ‘U’ shape of the knit fabric, grab the ends of the cotton fabric:
Holding onto the ‘ends’ of the cotton fabric pull it through the loop:
Pull tightly, making sure the cut ‘ends’ of the hairband are equal lengths on both sides, creating a knot.
Step 5: You now have 4 cut ends and a knot holding both fabric pieces together. Take the end of one of your Featured Fabric tubes and one end of your Knit Fabric tubes. Match up the seams together and pin.
Do this for the two remaining corresponding ends.
Step 6: Using your sewing machine and a straight stitch sew the two tube ends together. There is a small amount of fabric so sew for as long as you can before it gets too difficult to maneuver. Backstitch and remove from the machine. Repeat this step for the other tube pair.
Step 7: There should be a small opening in each tube pair that needs to be sewn shut. Slip stitch by hand to sew the remaining fabric together. If you are not sure how to slip stitch watch our video here.
Step 8: You should have two circles now that resemble an infinity sign! Put these two circles together and you have the perfect hairband!
We hope you enjoyed this easy to follow tutorial and used some gorgeous fabrics or scraps to complete your project. This project would look gorgeous look of using a stretch lace to make a hairband like this. Or maybe even a faux fur! What style will you make?