Looking for a little project to use up some of your stretch knit fabrics? I think headbands are the perfect way to use knit scraps! I’ve seen some cute stretch headband tutorials around the web, but none that were exactly what I was looking for.
Here’s a tutorial for a stretch knit headband that I love! They are nice and wide, with concealed elastic in the back for a secure fit. These will stay put during exercise and throughout the day. You can make them in any size, including headbands that will fit babies and kids.
Here’s the tutorial so that you can make your own Wide Stretch Headbands:
How to Sew a Wide Stretch Headband:
• Stretch knit fabric (about 18 x 7 in. with 25% stretch)
• 1/4 in. elastic
• Coordinating thread
• Sewing machine
Measure & Cut:
1. To find the ideal length, measure around your head, or the head of the intended wearer (around the hairline where the headband will sit). Take that measurement and multiply it by .8 to find the length of your rectangle.
Length = head measurement x .8
2. To find the width, decide how wide you want the finished headband, multiply by 2 and add 1/2″
Width = (finished width x 2) + 1/2″
3. Cut a rectangle of fabric with the stretch going the direction of the length.
1. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch along the long open edge with a narrow zig-zag stitch and a 1/4″ seam allowance.
2. Take one 4″ piece of elastic and place it over the line of stitching. Use a pin to secure it to one end. Pin the other end of the elastic 7″ inward.
Use a zig-zag stitch to attach the elastic to the end of the tube, along the seam line. You will need to stretch the elastic tightly as you stitch.
3. Add another 4″ piece of elastic to the other end using the same procedure.
4. Pull one end through the other so that the right sides are facing. Pin the edges together, aligning the elastic seams. Make sure there are no twists inside the tube!
5. Stitch around the circle with a narrow zig-zag stitch, leaving a 1 1/2″ opening. Make sure the stitching crosses the elastic seams. The red pins mark my start and stop points.
6. Reach through the opening and turn the headband right side out.
7. Use a needle and thread to stitch the small opening closed.
8) Press the headband so that the seam is centered on the underside.
9. At the place where the elastic seams come together, fold the pressed edges together, enclosing the joined elastic seams. Hand stitch the pressed edges together, about 1″ on each side of the seam.
And that’s it…you are done!
Make them for yourself and all your friends! Happy sewing!