Dec 132008

This is a quick tutorial to show you how I made Haley’s reversible headband.  I am no expert – so I feel kinda silly putting this online.  Anyway, it’s an easy project that would be good for beginners.   I used some cute owl ribbon and a Jessica Jones ribbon that are 7/8 inch ribbon.  The one I made the other day was  1.5 inch ribbon – just depends on what you like!

What you need:  Head measurement, ribbon, elastic, thread

1.  Measure your daughter’s head all the way around where a headband would fit.  For Haley this was 20 inches.  My children seem to have big heads.  :-)

Subtract 4 inches from this number to figure out the length of ribbon you need.  So for Haley, I cut each ribbon 16 inches long.

Cut elastic 3.5 inches.

(I think you could manipulate these numbers depending on what you have on hand – I wanted the finished head band to be about 1 inch smaller than her head measurement.)

2. Sandwich the elastic piece between the RIGHT sides of the ribbon.

3.  Sew this end shut.

4.  Flip it so the right sides are out and top stitch the ribbon.  Sew as close to the edge as you can.  I did each side separately. Do not go all the way to the end.  You’ll need a little bit of room to tuck the ends under and insert the elastic.

The part where the elastic is inserted is the weakest.  I back stitch over this entire row to be sure it’s secure.  Then I pivot and top stitch the other side.

5.  Tuck the unfinished ends under.  Now you’ll insert the other side of the elastic in between the ribbon.  Secure with a pin and sew shut.  Be sure to back stitch!

6.  Trim all the loose threads.  And you’re done!

  13 Responses to “Reversible Ribbon Headband Tutorial”

  1. Thanks! This is great! I love that it’s with ribbon :)


  2. That is pretty cool. Was it weird taking pictures while sewing? Your 4-H instructors would be so proud!


  3. Thanks. :-) I felt really silly doing this! I hope someone can use it and people aren’t just thinking I’m a big dork!


  4. Sometimes (as in this case) the “I can’t believe I didn’t think of this myself” tutorials are the best kind! Very cute!


  5. I have to try this one! So cute! And I love her Christmas dress! I just got “the claire” and will be tackling that…soon?


  6. These are SO great. What a wonderful tutorial. Thanks!


  7. OMG, thank you for this tutorial. I love this and think I can do it!!! My daughter who is 3 will adore this! I will be making one today out of test ribbon and then making several real ones for both of my girls and myself as well. Thank you so much!!!


  8. What a great idea, simple and you can make them to go with everything. Thanks for sharing!


  9. […] Melanie at Fabric Family Fun has a tutorial for making a simple reversible ribbon headband […]

  10. Yay for easy headbands! I’m making some today!


  11. Where did you get the ribbon??


    Melanie Reply:

    Oh yeah, I sell the ribbon. :-) Might be useful info. you can get to my online shop with the link at the upper right hand corner of the blog.


  12. […] headband from Fabric Family Fun (via tip […]

Leave a Reply