Easy sew DIY headbands

How to sew a headband

You don’t need much fabric to whip up this easy wardrobe update! Pick your favourite fat quarter and sew up this quick-make headband… we’re here to show you how.

You will need

  • Printed cotton fabric: floral
  • White cotton fabric
  • Lightweight iron-on interfacing
  • Fold-over elastic: white, 15cm (6in)
  • Air or water erasable pen
  • Tracing paper
  • Basic sewing kit
  • Download our free headband sewing pattern here.

How to sew a headband tutorial

Step one: Download, print and trace our free headband sewing pattern on to tracing paper. Cut out the template for the headband.

Step two: Iron lightweight interfacing onto the reverse of the printed fabric.

Step three: Lay the printed fabric with the interfacing and white cotton fabric pieces flat and draw around the template, flipping it over so that you have two long headband pieces marked on the fabric. Cut out a 15cm (6in) length of white fold-over elastic.

How to sew a headband step 1

Step four: Pin the two headband pieces right sides (RS) together.

How to sew a headband step 2

Step five: Sew along the drawn template line along the two long edges only, leaving the two short ends open. Trim the excess.

How to sew a headband step 3

Turn the headband RS out though one of the short ends.

How to sew a headband step 4

Step six: Tuck in the two short ends and pin the raw edges of the elastic inside them by 1cm (38in).

How to sew a headband step 6

Step seven: Sew across the short ends to close them and hold the elastic in place. Work two rows of stitches to secure the elastic firmly.

Step eight: Topstitch around the headband 5mm (14in) in from the outside edge.

How to sew a headband step 6

Ta da! your headband is finished. If you liked this project, check out the rest of our Fast Fat Quarter series. Or order your copy of our  brandnew Fat Quarter Collection special edition – in shops July 2017, featuring our favourite quick-sew projects from the Simply Sewing archives.