DIY fabric headbands: step-by-step tutorial
Headbands are cute hair accessories and often are not only practical but also fashionable.
- They can absorb sweat and keep it from reaching the eyes when you are running or exercising
- They also can keep unruly hair out of your face
- A headband can be a stylish item for your head especially if it has an interesting shape or decorated with ribbons or fabric flowers
- Headbands can transform ordinary outfit into something special and exceptional
- A headband is a very easy item to sew for a beginner sewist and can be a step in your sewing journey, it’s a really good item for practicing
- You can use your scrap fabric to make as many different headbands as you wish
With that being said, let me show you how to make a turban headband. I made it from 100% silk fabric left after I made a silk robe. So my headband matches my outfit quite nicely. And the material is really soft and absorbent – good for my hair. I love wearing this turban headband while I run errands, or wash my face, or put on a makeup.
1. Cut 3 headband pieces from your fabric:
- 2 pieces 18 x 44 in cm or 7 x 17 ¼ in inches each
- 1 piece 8 x 42 in cm or 3 x 16 ½ in inches
3. Fold pieces of fabric in half lengthwise right sides together, pin (or baste) and stitch (seam allowances are 1 cm or 3/8 in). Don’t forget that for silk fabric you will need to use thin sharp needle size 80/12 or 70/10 and a thin thread (better 100% silk thread). Check your sewing machine settings before stitching on a scrap piece of the same fabric.
4. Press seams on one side. For the narrow piece, I used a regular ruler as you can see in the video below. And for wider pieces, I use a special pressboard. If you don’t have this kind of pressboard I strongly advise you to buy one (here is an affiliate link) if of course, you are serious about your sewing hobby. This is a very useful thing in my sewing arsenal.
6. Press all pieces flat again.
Turn it around hiding the seams inside.
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