Make a Headband that keeps hair in check

My kid gets up, brushes teeth, nibbles at her breakfast, and then goes to her new school – her bedroom. Online classrooms have made many things unnecessary for her – uniforms, school shoes, packed lunch, that mad rush to the school bus, and to my annoyance, tying hair. I have a hard time getting her to comb her hair for the class. This wide headband is my solution to this problem. The easy way out – hiding the thing that causes embarrassment; in our case, wayward hair.

Headband that covers hair

And if you use pretty fabric as I did, it is the cutest hair accessory. Use a flowy lightweight fabric like chiffon, crepe, georgette for making this headband.

How to make a hair taming headband

This is a very wide headband that covers a lot of the head. Here is the tutorial on how to sew this headband easily.

Step 1

Cut out the fabric pieces needed for the headband. You also need 3/4 inch wide elastic.

16 inch by 12 inch fabric for main front part ; 3 inch by 12 inch fabric for the elastic casing
Cut out the fabric pieces for the front portion and for the casing for elastic

Step 2

Keep the long edges of your big fabric (A) and stitch together. You get a tube. Do the same for the other long fabric piece (B).

The fabrics made into a tube by sewing the long edges together
Stitch the long edges of the fabric pieces into tubes

Fold your big tube by the middle. Make a stitch of about 3 inches on either side as in the picture below.

Fold the big tube and make a stitch by the middle
Fold the big tube by the middle and stitch 3 inches on the 2 edges

When you open it up, it will look like this.

OPened up fabric for the headband

Step 3

Cut out 6 inch long elastic piece ( 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch wide)

Take the other tube and insert the elastic piece inside the fabric tube with a pin. Stitch the edges to secure the ends of the elastic.

Elastic and the casing
Insert the elastic through the small casing

Your elastic casing will look like this.

Elastic inserted into the casing

Step 4

Place your main fabric right side up in front of you.

The elastic casing kept inside the top part
Keep the edge of elastic casing in the middle of the short edge of the main piece

Keep one edge of this elastic casing on top of one edge of the main (A) fabric. Wrap the elastic casing with this (see picture below). Stitch the edges together to join them.

Sew the edges overlapping the elastic casing
Cover the casing with the edges

Flip it right side out – you will get the seam allowance neatly tucked inside. up.

Elastic casing straightened out
Open up to find the cut edges tucked inside

Step 5

Do the same with the other edge, to complete your headband.

The other side finished the same way

Use the headband as it is or you can add embellishments like a fabric flower, or beadwork or a knot with another fabric tube to make it prettier.

You should preferably be making this with a flowy soft thin fabric like chiffon, crepe or even stretch velvet. Sewing this hairband is a pretty beginner level project but these thin materials can prove a challenge for a beginner. Just make small stitches and be a little careful, that is all you need to do to successfully make this easy to make hairband for fly away hair. 

My model/user of the headband does not have class today, so I cannot get her into the headband, and get a photo of it in action. She is still in her bedroom – it is just not her classroom today.  

Updated on October 23, 2022 by Sarina Tariq

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