How To Make Stretchy Cotton Headbands

Stretchy, cotton headbands are great hair accessories. They have been around for ages. They can enhance an outfit and hair style. They are also useful for the athletic and non-athletic person. People use it to keep their hair out of their face and eyes. They can be bought at almost any store. If the stretchy headband gets stained, it can be tossed in the washer and used over and over again. Stretchy, cotton headbands don’t break. They are soft and do not give the user any headaches that most headbands do. If you have any old shirt, soft jersey or spandex material lying around the house, you can make one yourself. Here are the following steps.

  • Prepare the materials. You will need an old shirt or stretchy fabric made of cotton or spandex, scissors, matching thread, tape measure, pins and a needle. These things can be found in your house. Look out for old fabrics that have designs of their own like polka dots or stripes. They will make your headband look interesting and unique.
  • Cut the stretchy fabric. Get a rectangular piece of the stretchy fabric and wrap it around your head to get the length needed. Make an allowance of at least 0.5 inches for seam allowances. The standard length measurement for an adult head band is 16 to 19 inches. Now, depending on your desired width of the headband, multiply it by 2. Do not forget to add the 0.5 inch seam allowance. So, if your desired width for the stretchy headband is 2 inches, multiply this by 2, which will give you 4 inches, then add .05 inches, which will then give you 4.5 inches. Cut the fabric out. Use a tape measure and pins for accuracy.
  • Assemble the headband. Now that you have the desired length and width, fold the fabric in half. Sew the top portion or length together to make a long tube. Turn the fabric inside out. The sewn seam will now be hidden inside the fabric.
  • Sew the short ends of the stretchy headband together. You can use pins to hold the fabric while you sew portion by portion. It may be a little tricky hiding the seams but you will get the hang of it.
  • Iron the headband. Ironing will help flatten the seams making it easier to decorate and wear. Press the headband with a handkerchief or thin fabric on top to ensure that the iron doesn’t stick to the headband it being made of spandex or stretchy fabric.
  • Decorate the headband. Sew or glue sequins on to the headband. You can also use different sized buttons, colorful beads, pretty bows, plastic flowers or patches to decorate. Choose a color or fabric design that will match an outfit. Play around with the various materials before gluing or sewing until you have found a design that satisfies you.
  • The classic, stretchy headband has been around for ages. Various hair accessories come and go but because this hair accessory is so convenient to use, it will be around for years.


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