How to Make Girls' Headbands

By Cyndee Kromminga ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Newspaper
  • Measuring tape
  • Thin plastic girls' headband
  • Scissors
  • Medium to heavyweight fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Seam ripper
  • Iron

Hair accessories are wonderful ways to complete a special outfit or show off a fun personality. You can make girls' headbands inexpensively by sewing covers for cheap plastic headbands and using a variety of novelty and designer printed fabrics. The headband covers are easy to make and you can use one with multiple covers, simply by removing it. You can make a set of girls' headbands as birthday or holiday gifts for every little or big girl in your life.

Fold a sheet of newspaper in half lengthwise. Measure the length of a thin plastic girls' headband from one end to the other. Mark the length measurement on the newspaper fold line. Measure out 1/2 inch from each end of the marks and mark again. Draw a connecting line from one 1/2-inch line to the other, curving slightly outward. The widest part of the curve should be no more than 1 inch from the fold at the center.

Cut along the marked ends and curved line, through both layers of the folded paper. Unfold the newspaper. The shape should resemble a long skinny football. This is the headband pattern.

Fold medium to heavyweight fabric in half with the right sides together. Pin the pattern to the fabric through both layers. Cut out the fabric headband shape.

Pin the edges together. Sew the ends and both long sides using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Leave a 2-inch opening on one long edge for turning.

Measure in 1/2 inch on both short ends of the fabric headband and mark on one side of the sewn shape. Insert the point of a seam ripper in one mark and cut a 1/2-inch slit. Insert the seam ripper only through the top layer. Repeat, making a slit on the other end of the headband.

Trim the seams along the curves to 1/8 inch and clip the corners. Turn the headband right side out through the 2-inch opening on the long edge. Iron the headband flat. Top stitch around the edges of the headband, as close to the edge as possible. This will stabilize the edges and close the opening. Thread the headband through the cut slits. Turn the fabric cover with the slits on the inside of the headband.

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.