Last week I shared Kina’s outfit for our family pictures. As part of the pictures, I wanted to have a headband to tie into our outfits. I ended up making two of the same so we could match. Since Kina will be wearing cream and bronze and I will be wearing black, I wanted the headband to have both colors. We set out for JoAnn Fabrics to find some trim. Kina was just as excited about looking at the trim as I was. She is such a girly girl and it gets me all giddy ;). I originally had bling on my mind, bronze bling preferably. I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I decided on a bronzy-gold shiny braided trim with a black sequin trim in the middle.
What you will need to make a similar headband:
-Fold over elastic
-Hot glue gun or sewing machine
*Note, I like to sew my DIY items any chance I get as hot glue and I don’t get along. I feel something sewn holds up much better as well. With that being said, this headband can easily be made using a hot glue gun. Simply glue the pieces together where I say to sew them!
To begin you will want to take your head measurement. To do this I simpley measure exactly where I want the headband to sit. I will use my daughters measurements for examples through this tutorial. My daughters full head measurement was 18.5″. I didn’t want the entire band to be trim since that would yield no give or stretch. To determine the band length, I measured from just behind one ear, to just behind the other ear. This measurement came out to be 15″. Add 1/2″ to each end of that for seam allowance for a total of 16″. Next determine the length of the elastic. You will want the finished headband to be about 1″ shorter than the head measurement. In my daugthers case, I needed to subtract 15″ (measurement before seam allowance) from 17.5″ (one inch shorter than her head measurement) leaving 2.5″. Add 1/2″ seam allowance to each end for a total of 3.5″ of elastic.
I cut 3 pieces of trim each 16″ long and one piece of elastic 3.5″ long. This will be a total of 19.5″ but when you subtract the 2″ of seam allowance added you will get one inch shorter than your head measurement, in my daughters case 17.5″.
Once all your pieces are cut, sew together the ends of the trim (if you are using more than one piece of trim like I did) using 1/2″ seam allowance. I found it helpful since I was sewing three, to sew the two gold ones together then lay the black trim on top and sew it down. It seemed like there was less shifting than when I tried sewing all three layers together.
Once all your trims are sewn together, lay the fold over elastic on top of the trim overlapping 1/2″. Sew through all layers. Flip the headband over and sew the other side together, taking care that there is no twisting and everything lays flat.
(this is what the inside will look like after sewing the fold over elastic on)
Next cut two small pieces of ribbon. I just kind of eye-balled it, no specific measurements. wrap it around the seam allowance of the elastic and the trim, making sure the seam faces the back of the headband. Stitch in place on both sides.
You are all done! How stinking easy was that?!