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Got a Little Scrap Fabric? Transform It Into a Cool Boho Headband

Mariko has been married for 28 years to master carpenter "Bob the Builder", who she brags "really can fix anything". She home-schooled three kids K-12 and is now mother-in-law to two more, with one incredibly adorable grandson. They all ...

DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

You want to know the best thing about a nice, thick cloth headband? You can throw one on when you are having the worst of hair days, and you'll still look effortlessly chic. The best part is that if you happen to be a fabric scrap hoarder, you probably have enough material to make a different hairband to wear every day for a month. Boho vibes, forever.

Here's how to DIY yourself a super-cute wrap-style headband.

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DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

Supplies:

  • Scrap of silky or cotton fabric at least 17 x 11 inches
  • 7-inch piece of 3/4-inch or 1-inch elastic

DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

Directions:

DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

1. Cut one rectangle size 7 x 17 inches to make your front piece. I recommend a rotary cutter because it is quick and easy, but you can use scissors if you don’t have one.

DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

2. Cut another rectangle to make your back elastic casing, size 10 inches x the width of your elastic plus 1/2 inch. My elastic is 1 inch, so my casing width is 1-1/2 inches (the 1/2 inch is for seam allowance).

DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

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3. Sew your elastic casing right sides together along the long edge, taking a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

4. Using a small safety pin, turn your casing right side out.

DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

5. Again using your safety pin, thread your elastic through the casing. Before pulling it all the way through, sew the end of the elastic to the end of the casing, keeping the seam in the middle. Then pull it all the way through, creating a nice gather, and sew down the other side the same way, holding elastic and material together.

DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

6. Sew and flip your front piece the same way you did your casing piece, then iron flat, again keeping the seam in the middle. This seam will be on the back side of your headband.

DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

7. Use pins to mark the ends of the front piece, dividing it into fourths. Fold the top into the middle, creating a tuck, and then the bottom into the middle, creating a second tuck.

DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

8. Make sure the width matches the width of your elastic. Pin the right side of the front piece to the right side of the back piece.

DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

9. Sew the front and back pieces together. Before you sew the second side the same way, check the fit and make any adjustments needed. If you need to shorten, simply trim the front or casing piece to make it smaller.

DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

10. Once both sides are sewn down, your headband is ready to show off!

DIY your way to a cute cloth headband with this step-by-step tutorial

Don’t forget to save all your little scraps for projects like these. This little gem of a scrap was the gift wrap for a hostess gift someone brought to me recently. I’m sure they didn’t realize how it could be turned into a gorgeous little headband, but it always pays to think resourcefully!

Originally published April 2014. Updated October 2017.

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