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DIY Women’s Fabric Headband

DIY headbandpost by Sara

I always seem to be grabbing a scarf, headband or something to keep my hair out of my face in the summer. I made a bunch of fabric headbands for Harper earlier this year. She loves them and I do too. So, at last I made myself one! The girl’s fabric headband tutorial on our blog is very popular (it has been pinned on Pinterest over 5,000 times (seriously crazy, right?!)! Many have asked for a women’s pattern and tutorial – so here you go! This tutorial is great for the beginner sewer!

Read more for the full tutorial…

Supplies: fabric scraps (2 pieces at least 13 inches long, 2.5 inches wide)// Fold Over Elastic // sewing machine // headband pattern (click words to download, then click on “headband pattern” again to start the download)

DIY women's headband

1. Cut two headband pieces. Fold fabric and place wide end of pattern on fabric fold. The headband pieces are 13 inches in length. Next, cut a 10 inch piece of fold over elastic.

2. Place the right sides of the fabric together. Fold down 1/4 inch and iron one end of headband. Slid in the FOE between the fabric pieces. Pin the pieces together.

3. Starting at the end of the headband with the FOE sticking out, sew that end and the two long sides. Leave the other end of headband open. Leave a half inch on each side of 2 long sides on the open end.

4. Next pull the inside out by pulling the inner fabric through the open end of headband.

DIY women's headband

5. Iron the headband flat. Iron in a quarter inch on the open end of the headband.

6. Slip the FOE in the opening (about 1/2 inch). I recommend measuring your head to determine the perfect fit for elastic.

7. Stitch along the end of the headband a couple of times to secure the elastic.

8. Topstich all the way around the headband to give a clean look. Make sure and back stitch on the ends to ensure the elastic is secure.

DIY women's headband tutorial

headband sewing tutorial on aliceandlois.com

DIY women's headband

All photos by Sara Albers & Melissa Fenlon for alice & lois. All rights reserved.

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18 thoughts on “DIY Women’s Fabric Headband

  1. Tami

    Do you have a pattern for the adult sized headband, or do we use the child’s size and just increase the elastic??? Thanks and LOVE this pattern…made two of the child’s size today and you are right took less than 30 minutes!!

  2. Kelly

    As long as the fabrics are similar, I wonder if I could use different patterns on the two fabric pieces for a reversible headband. Have you tried this yet and how did it work for you?

  3. Gailete

    I was looking for a women’s haedband pattern this weekend and hadn’t found it yet and her it was on Pinterest that I found you. Thanks for the two sizes patterns. I’m hoping to machine embroider the headband before putting it together.


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