Wednesday, February 12, 2014

DIY Headband Tutorial (Super Easy!)



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I've seen several cute headbands, like these I am about to show, on Pinterest.  But none of them (that I have seen) have tutorials!  So here is my (very detailed) tutorial for making these super quick and easy headbands!  Don't be discouraged by the length of this tutorial, these come together really quickly!  I just wanted to be super detailed in my tutorial.

These headbands are now available for order in my etsy shop, PreciousPrep! (New colors just added!)

Step 1:
Cut two long strips of stretchy knit fabric 6" by 22" each (approx. if you have a really big or small head you may need to adjust the length, I think my head is normal to big... haha)

                                         

Step 2:
Fold each piece along the long side with right sides together and sew all the way up.  Again no real need to be precise, and even if I tried to be precise I failed because stretchy fabric is tough to sew with!!


Step 3:
Turn each tube inside out.


Step 4:
Lay the pieces in a '+' shape.  Make sure the seams are in the middle, facing up for the bottom piece and facing down for the top piece.


Step 5:
Fold over the bottom piece (you shouldn't be able to see this piece's seam now)


Step 6:
Fold the top piece in half (again now you shouldn't see that piece's seam)


Step 7:
Bring all 4 ends together and sew across.  This is kind of tricky to get all these slippery strips together, but as usual - precision isn't super necessary!  Love projects where you don't have to be perfect!


Step 8:
Cut off a little of the excess and trim the corners so they don't show as much.


Step 9:
Try it on!  Sooooo comfy!


Step 10:
Make a bunch!  I plan to buy some more fabric and make even more for different gym outfits!



Well what do you think? Hope you enjoy yours as much as I am already enjoying mine!

83 comments:

  1. Love this- thanks for the detailed tutorial! I don't know how to sew, but this seems like a great beginner project

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    1. Hi Margo! Thanks so much for reading! I hope you will try sewing, it is a great hobby! Best of luck!

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    2. Thanks for the instructions. My 10 year old is sewing these like crazy and loving it.

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  2. I'm going to give this a try! Thanks for the detailed,clear tutorial :)

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  3. Great tutorial. Love these headbands!

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  4. Did you measure the circumference of your head and subtract an inch or was that the exact measurement I want to make one for my friends little girl

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    1. I just kind of held the fabric around my head :) Since it is stretch I wouldn't add too much, but you also have to think of the seam allowance. I would always go slightly bigger if anything, you can always make it smaller - hard to go from small to big though :) Good luck!

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  5. Do you think fabric glue would work for the folds, then just sew the 4 ends together? Just wondering your opinion! Thanks!

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    1. I haven't worked with fabric glue so I'm not sure how strong it is or how it would do on something that stretches a lot... If it works well in those scenarios then go for it! I think sewing might make your headband last longer, but you can always glue now and sew later if it doesn't work out :) Let me know if the glue works!

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  6. Wow! Thanks for the great tutorial!
    Greets from Germany!

    Sylvia
    atelier-waldfee.de

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  7. You said to flip out the tubes, and then on the next picture they look back to normal I'm so confused :(

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    1. Hi Kassie! When you sew up the tubes they should have the fabric right sides in. After you sew up the edges you need to turn them right side out. Make sense? I hope that helps!! When in doubt follow the written instructions and don't let the pictures confuse you! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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  8. I don't have a stretchy fabric so am going to try elastic at back like some I have from store that look just like these here but with elastic. I am new to sewing so have no clue what I am doing lol. In case doesn't work out what kind of stretchy fabric exactly did you use? I am a serious newby!

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    1. Let me know how trying out the elastic goes! Sounds like a great idea! :) The fabric I'm using is called 'knit' fabric. If you go to Joann's or Hobby Lobby someone should be able to point you to the knit section. At my Joann fabrics they usually have a lot of knits in the clearance section - a great deal! Just feel around til you find a stretchy one :) Good luck!

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  9. Just curious as to wherebin the world you found such beautiful knit fabric:) I definitely have to try this now

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    1. At Joann Fabrics! They always have some on sale too! Thanks and good luck trying it out :)

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  10. I am always amazed at how creative people are. I appreciate your amazing tutorial and the beautiful color photos you provided. I love to try new things and I am so happy how these headbands are going to fit right in with my new accessories table at the craft fairs and festivals I will be participating in this fall. Hair stuff is REALLY "in" right now and you have given me loads of ideas. Thank you for the time it took for you to provide this idea and tutorial.

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    1. Brenda thank you so much! Your kind words made my day!

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  11. I've been trying to finish a spandex headband for 3 days now. The struggle...finally a detailed, easy to follow tutorial �� The problem I'm having is my material not feeding under my foot properly and the few times it does its looping so bad the under sew is a horrible mess. Any suggestions?

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    1. Thanks for the compliment! One thing to try is putting scotch tape near the hem. This will make it feed through the machine easier. But I do know the struggle with that! Luckily with these headbands you don't have to be perfect! They hide your mistakes :)

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    2. You can use a walking foot if your machine has one or change your tension on the pressure foot, if it is too tight it will grab the material unevenly so play with it.

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    3. You may want to use a needle for knit fabric and stretch the fabric as you sew. If you stretch it then the thread will be stronger on the fabric and won't break apart.

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  12. Love this tutorial! I found one that Ive done for a turban style headband that's a little different than this one but it's slightly confusing and a bit more work! Going to have to give this one a try!

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  13. I found this on Pinterest and just made one with my team colors for game day this weekend! I'm just learning to sew and I found this really fun and easy to follow! Thanks!

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    1. Oh my gosh that sounds awesome! Tag me in a pic if you have Instagram! @preciousprep_
      Thanks for reading and sharing :)

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  14. I'd actually like to buy these from your Etsy shop but I couldn't find them. What colors are available and how much would each one cost? Thanks!!

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    1. Hi! If you could send me a message on etsy we can discuss the details further! They are $10 each. Thank you!

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  15. What kind of switch to you use, zig zag stich or straight?

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  16. I used straight, but zig-zag would work too :)

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  17. how many yards of fabric did you buy?

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    1. Hi, you only need one to make a headband (and won't even use it all). Depends how many you want to make :)

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  18. Where can i order these headbands? they are very cute. I went into the epsy shop but their not there.

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    1. Hi! No they are not listed in my etsy shop right now but if you send me a message on their we can set up a custom listing!

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  19. Thank you so much for this tutorial, you are the only one who fully explained the last few steps about making the "knot". Made one while reading the tutorial! Love it and will be making so many more!!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! I am so glad you liked the tutorial!

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  20. what type of material a jersey knit

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    1. Jersey knit is the soft stretchy material. You can find it at any fabric store :)

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  21. What type of thread did you use?

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    1. Just normal thread - not elastic or anything fancy like that!

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  22. Thanks so much for the detailed and understandable tutorial! I used it to make Christmas gifts for my siblings. For winter-y things, you can try using a thicker knit fabric to get a little more warmth.

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    1. Hi Avery! Thats a great idea, I'll have to try it out :) Thanks for reading!

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  23. Looks really fun! Thanks for listing all the steps and everything.

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    1. Thanks for reading! I hope it was helpful :)

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  24. This is a great tutorial. I found you through the link on http://justcraftystuff.wordpress.com/. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. this so neat, and easy, all the girls are wearing these and what a good way to use up scraps, thanks

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    1. Thank you! Gotta love scrap busters :)

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  26. These are so fun and look so easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. How much fabric do you suggest buying?

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    1. Hi Abigail! Depends how many you want to make, for one a third of a yard is plenty, but I usually just buy a yard and then have extra on hand to make some for friends!

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  28. Just found this via Pinterest. I have very thick hair so store bought hair bands are usually too tight. I'm going to try this with old t-shirts. Now, I'm off to check out your new blog.

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    1. Good luck I hope they turn out! Thanks so much for your support!

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  29. Muito obrigada pelo descritivo no passo a passo !
    Gentil da sua parte compartilhar conosco!
    Abraços do Brasil!

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  30. Thank You for this easy and fun tutorial :) I have been making a ton

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  31. You are very kind to share this tutorial. Hugs from malaysia.

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  32. Nice headband tutotiral. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Have seen this headband and wondered how to construct it...now I am in the know!!! Thanks, you're a Doll for sharing.

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  34. Great tutorial for nice headbands!!! Will try this coming weekend! I'm sure this will be a hit in the Netherlands as well!

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  35. Made a few of these today for my mum and sisters! Posted them on my blog, linked back to you of course! Thanks for sharing.

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  36. I think that hair ties really can become a very popular trend and so you should look out for any offers connected with them. I actually bought a few from http://headbandsonline.com/ back in a few months so that when the trend starts to arise and the prices get higher than ever I will be ready with my own hair ties without having to spend any money on them,

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  37. What a great tutorial,i love the fact you have given detailed instructions as i have never sewn in my life.Thank you Katie .Take Care,regards Stacey.

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  38. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS TUTORIAL!!! I just made this in 20 minutes and it is so cute! Can't wait to head to the store tomorrow and get some more fabric!

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  39. Your tutorial was very easy to follow! Thank you so much! Mine turned out great!

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  40. Would this work for lace as well?

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  41. Love your tutorial, and i was able to make a headband very easily!! Only thing i would suggest is adding what type of knit to use there is 2 way stretch ( what i used and i had to make sure i cut it right so it would stretch over my head) and 4 way stretch. I also used a serger to assemble mine and it went very quickly with minimal slippage. Thank you so much for this tutorial!

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  42. Hi guys,
    Thank you so much for this wonderful article! Here we all can learn a lot of useful things and this is not only my opinion! Even BLNCK corp. and http://www.babygirlsheadbands.com.au confirmed it!

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  43. Absolutely love this! Headbands tend to slip off my head (weirdly shaped, apparently), is there any way I can make it non-slip?

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  44. Thank You someone finally actually made a tutorial. You Rock!

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  45. Wow, fantastic tutorial! I am trying to learn to sew more and this is the first, simple and well-detailed tutorial for these head bands I have seen. I am not so nervous anymore to try this :)

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    1. Hope it goes well Julia! You got this :) Thanks for reading!

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  46. This is awesome. Thanks for posting up your notes. This will be very helpful

    Buy headbands

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  47. I found a great way to hide the seam. I don't know if anyone has said it but once you sew all the ends together, you fold the ends into themselves, sew across (kind of hard if your machine doesn't sew alot of fabric at once but it's possible! I did it with the machine foot up). Then you are left with four flaps that will cover the seam. Looks a lot neater! I don't know if this makes sense but I can send a picture.

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