Fast Fat Quarter: How to make headbands

How to sew head bands

Slick back your tresses with Jennie Jones’ pretty two-way hairband made in eight simple steps. We’ll talk you through everything you need to know for how to make headbands in this quick and easy tutorial. This free sewing project is part of our Fast Fat Quarter series of quick and easy sewing projects using just one or two fat quarters of fabric.

How to make an easy-sew hairband

You will need

  • Fabric, light to medium weight cotton, two fat quarters
  • Elastic, 1.2cm wide, 12cm long
  • Basic sewing kit


Seam allowances are 1.5cm, unless otherwise noted.


Step one: For the top, cut two pieces of fabric to 43x12cm each, using two different prints. For the back, cut one piece of fabric to 28x7cm, using either of the prints already chosen.

Step two: Place the top pieces right sides together and pin. Sew along both long side edges. Turn right side out and topstitch down the long edges, approx 0.5cm from the edge. Leave the raw short ends open. Image shows the piece folded in half so the two short ends meet.

How to sew a headband step 1

Step three: Gather up one short raw edge, folding the fabric neatly so it measures approx 3cm. Pin in place and repeat on the other short edge. Make sure the gathers are placed in the same way. Baste stitch along each of the gathered sides.

How to sew a headband step 2

Step four: Pin your elastic to one of the short ends, as shown. Sew in place, making a few reverse stitches. Do not repeat on the other side.

How to sew a headband step 3

Step five: Take the back piece and fold the short ends to the wrong side by 0.5cm and pin. Fold the piece in half lengthways, right sides together, and pin. Stitch across the long raw edge, catching down the sides of the short ends. Turn right side out.

How to sew a headband step 4

Step six: Attach a safety pin to the loose end of the elastic and insert it into one open end of the tube. Feed them through the tube. Locate where the elastic is attached to the top panel and insert this inside the tube to hide the raw edges. Pin.

How to sew a headband step 6

Step seven: Make sure the elastic is not twisted inside the tube. Remove the safety pin and pin the elastic to the short end of the top piece, as in step four. Sew in place. Insert this gathered end inside the tube as well, to hide the raw edges. Pin.

How to sew a headband step 7

Step eight: Topstitch over the pinned seams. Don’t sew through the elastic itself. Pull the elastic taut as you sew for a nice straight seam.

How to sew a headband step 8

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