Quick and Easy Fabric Covered Headband Tuturial

This quick craft project is too easy not to try.  As a lover of headbands and easy hairstyles I can never have too many headbands.  This project is also a great way to use up those fabric scraps that have been piling up.  
Have fun and happy crafting!

Supply List: cutting mat, rotary cutter or scissors, (1) fat quarter of woven cotton fabric, blank headband (you can find these at your local drug store, big box or craft shop, DON'T use plastic headbands), Liquid Stitch permanent fabric glue, iron/ironing board

Let's get started... First cut (1) 14" x 5.25" piece of fabric and (2) 2.5" x 3" pieces of fabric.  Press your large piece of fabric in half with right sides together (as shown in the sewing photo below).

Sew down the side of your folded piece of fabric (1/4" seam allowance).

Press your seams (please ignore my ironing board and it's ugly water stains).

Turn the fabric right side out and press the fabric with the seam running down the center.

Now we will gather our ends.  This is not an exact science but rather you just fold in the edges of your fabric strip to create a gathered look.  Press down the folds so they stay put while glueing.

Using your Liquid Stitch permanent fabric glue, squeeze out a bead of glue from tip of headband to center of headband.  Now gently lay your fabric strip (seam side down) across the top of your headband, gently pressing the fabric against the headband (don't press too hard as you don't want to overly squish your glue).

Run a second bead of glue down the other side of the headband and continue to gently lay your fabric in place while gently pressing down.  When done with this step your headband should look like the photo below.

Now we will prepare our two small fabric pieces to wrap around the ends, giving the headband a tidy, finished look.  Fold your fabric in thirds lengthwise and press.  You can glue down the folds so they stay put if you choose (shown in the photo above).

Without worrying too much about being precise, run a bead of glue along the back of your small fabric strip and then wrap the piece around the end of the headband.  Pinch and hold fabric and add more glue if needed.
Allow your headband to dry for 12-24 hours.  
Once dry you can gently re-press the gathers in the headband with your iron to get them to lay just right. 

I hope you enjoy making lots of pretty headbands!
(And yes, I'm learning to embrace my greying hair.)



  1. I'm so thrilled to find your post for these headbands! I was recently in our local quilt store and they were selling something similar from somewhere on the web-they were $25!!! Then I saw them on ETSY's jerseymaid web page, sadly they were upwards of $40 each! Then I found your tutorial, I'm so excited to get started making these. I'm looking forward to making them a bit wider like the ones I'd seen at our local shop, they're more like 3-4" wide. Thank you for taking the time to share these great tutorials with us all.

  2. If they are not plastic, what are the headbands themselves made of????? Thank you