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Turn your scrap fabric into a trendy 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 ...

Pretties for your hair

Fabric headbands in fun colors are a hot fashion trend. These are equally fashion forward for kids, teens, moms and even grandmas like me. They are super quick and easy to sew and take just a scrap of fabric and small piece of elastic. Go ahead and make an assortment in all of your favorite prints.

Pretties for your hair


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

Pretties for your hair



Pretties for your hair

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.


Pretties for your hair

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).


Pretties for your hair

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


Pretties for your hair

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


Pretties for your hair

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.


Pretties for your hair

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.


Pretties for your hair

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.


Pretties for your hair

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.


Pretties for your hair

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.


Pretties for your hair

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


Pretties for your hair

The cherry blossoms on my silk fabric are a perfect match for the wisteria and jasmine in full bloom in my backyard!

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!

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