How to Make Headbands for Kids

By Ainsley Patterson

Whether you are fashioning a headband for an infant, toddler or older child the task comes with a challenges you aren't likely to face when making one for an adult. Infant headbands must be made from a soft material so as not to irritate sensitive skin and must fit snugly to stay in place. Toddlers and young children are unlikely to wear anything uncomfortable, so pinching plastic headbands are out. Luckily, children's headbands are uncomplicated to construct no matter what your child's age is.

Infant Headband

Measure around the infant's head with a measuring tape.

Measure and cut a length of stretchy lace an inch shorter than the head measurement. You want to cut it shorter than the head measurement so the headband fits snugly so it stays on the baby's head.

Bring the ends of the stretchy lace together. Sew the ends together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Turn the headband right side out so the seam allowance is on the inside of the headband.

Jersey Knit Headband

Measure around the child's head with a tape measure.

Measure and cut a piece of jersey knit fabric 3 1/2-inches wide and an inch shorter than the head measurement.

Bring the 3 1/2-inch ends of the knit fabric together with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Sew the ends together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn the headband right side out so the seam allowance is on the inside.

Measure and cut a 1 1/2-by-2-inch piece of jersey knit.

Wrap the small piece of knit fabric around the headband bringing the 1 1/2-inch ends together with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Sew the ends together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Turn the small piece right side out so the seam allowance is concealed on the inside. Slide the piece of the seam of the headband, and rotate it so its own seam is on the inside of the headband.

Tip

Embellish plain headbands with bows, silk flowers or felt shapes by attaching them to small alligator clips using hot glue and clipping them onto the headband over the seam. Use an old t-shirt for the headband's jersey knit fabric to save money and reduce waste. Look for soft stretchy lace near the elastics at fabric stores.

About the Author

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.