Thursday, October 21, 2010

DIY Headband: Tutorial

I was over at Skinny Runner (last week?) and she was hosting a giveaway from  They are these SUPER cute bands that you wear on your head, that don't slip off and they hold your hair back.  I, of course, jumped at the chance to win one!  These would be just PERFECT for running (it's what Skinny Runner uses them for too) I didn't win, no surprise lol.  After staring at the picture she posted of hers for a bit, I determined I am crafty enough that I could probably make something similar!

Velvet Ribbon
Sewing Machine

1. Cut the Ribbon and velvet to length.  I used about 2.5" of elastic and made sure it would stretch far enough to stay on my head well - but not too tight or loose.
2. Lay ribbon and velvet together, wrong sides together.
3. Sew the elastic end between the velvet and ribbon ends.
4. Sew along the length of the ribbon, attaching the velvet to the ribbon.  I suggest using a longer stitch to keep the ribbon from getting too tight and rippling at the edges.
5. When you reach the end, repeat step 4 and then 3. 
I went running immediately after making this and it didn't move AT ALL! I was impressed.  I will end up making some fashion head pieces as well as a variety of workout pieces.  These are quick, cheap and so fun!  My sis already asked me to make her one.  The possibilities for themes and colors and patterns are endless! =) YAY!



Tutti said...

Very cute! I've got a mass of hair that could use one of those! :)

cailen ascher said...

adorable. would make for a great gift or stocking stuffer : )

Anonymous said...

So cute! Nice job. I don't even own a sewing machine!

Katie said...

LOVE it! I've been wanting to make some cloth headbands for a while now!!! Hopefully next month!

Anonymous said...

You are so dang creative!

Unknown said...

I did the exact same thing! I love them! I only have two that I rotate between because I was trying to see how well they would hold up. I'm at the gym 5 days a week and they are great! I actually slipped on one of my old headbands (not one I made) and did the stair climber yesterday. The amount of sweat that dripped into my face was unbelievable! I love my knock off sweaty bands (I call mine hot mess headbands!).

Not quite sure how sweaty bands can get away with charging that much money for a headband. I want in on that!