Saturday, June 27, 2009

5 Min. Braided Headband Tutorial

These easy (and quick!) braided headbands are perfect for summer!

Great for girls and adults :)


Use them to hold back bangs or spice up a simple do

They are so fun and simple that you will be making them by the dozens in no time

Supplies:
Scrap fabric
Elastic (I used 1/2 width)
Sewing Machine

Step 1:
Cut 3 strips of fabric 20 inches long and 1 piece of elastic 4 inches long.

Step 2:
Place the three fabric strips ontop of each other and place the piece of elastic in between the layers (you can pin in place but I just held it in place with my finger).

Step 3:

Sew the fabric strips (with piece of elastic inside) together to secure. I suggest going over the elastic part a few times to make sure it won't come loose.

Step 4:
Braid the fabric strips together until you reach the end

Step 5:
Grab the loose end of the elastic and tuck into the end of the briaded strips (between two of the layers) making sure the braid is not twisted.

Step 6:
Sew to secure (again I just held it in place).

Step 7:
Trim the extra fabric from the side you just sew so it looks nice and pretty.

See, nice and pretty.

Step 8:
Go back to the other side of the headband where you started the braid from. See how it looks, well, not so nice and pretty?

Wrap the extra fabric around the sides of the headband to the back and sew to secure.

Much better!

Yeah! You're you done! Now wasn't that easy!

Try it on and admire your work!

20 comments:

Cori said...

That's cute! My oldest is getting to where she doesn't want hair bows, so maybe this would be a compromise. ;)

The Harris Family said...

How cute. I think i am going to try this for their 4th of July outfits.

Caitlin said...

That's very cute! And I'm sure little girls would love to be involved in the braiding process!

Brenda said...

I love it. Can't wait to make one for myself.

Martha said...

cute idea.. i cant wait to try this! :)

mommieof4munchkins said...

I saw this on Ucreate today and just had to make them myself. I made them to match my daughters new pj's I made them out of the left over fabric soooooo cute.

http://mommieof4munchkins.blogspot.com/2009/07/cutest-little-headbands.html

Heather said...

I made a couple tonight. Turned out cute. One question.. when braiding the fabric..are you suppose to fold each piece in half vertically so you don't have the underside of the fabric showing..or does it really matter?
check out photos here..
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pfu/

casserole said...

This is so cool!!! i posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-braided-fabric-headband/2009/07/03/
--Anne

Deb said...

Great idea! My girls always seem to have hair in their eyes/mouths/faces so these will be great for them.

Katie said...

Yay!!! My best friends b'day is in 1 week, u just saved me! She has super straight long hair, this will be a great little gift in her fave colours!!! Thanku.

Kristin Sellars said...

Hi Heather,

I checked out the ones you made. So cute! To answer your question...I didn't fold the fabric over. I just did my best to keep the "right" side of the fabric showing but if you wanted a more clean look you could definitely do that. Just depends what look you are going for. I kind of liked the messy look :)

lil mama said...

adorable! definitely making some for my girls...and myself :)

Stroup Family said...

I can't wait to make a few for my daughters. I have one question before I start though- what is the width of the strips? 20"x?"
Thank you,
Shari

linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous said...

Hi I just found your blog. Love the braided headband!! Can't wait to look around and see what else you have on here!

Becky DeVries said...

LOVe these, as soon as my baby gets hair!!

Polly said...

Love these. I'm adding it to my list of projects to do at http://helpinglittlehands.blogspot.com/

Dallas Designing-Diva said...

Ok, you lied it took me 6 minutes to make! ;-) I used some left over jelly roll strips in my favorite colors-pink & chocolate brown. Will post on my blog later and link back. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Jenny said...

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! Another great tutorial! THANKS! :)

Holly said...

Just wanted to say thank you for a great tutorial! I'm posting a link on my blog to it, hope that's ok!

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