Freecycle Friday ~ Cute Fabric Headbands

*Please excuse my dust…..I am in the process of yet another remodel*
Happy Freecycle Friday!!! 

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Last week I made a TON of these CUTE fabric headbands using only scraps and “freecycl-ed” elastic!!
You will LOVE these!!
I found this tute on Make It and Love It, and just HAD to make some for me and my girls (and my 2 sisters, and my niece :)
Yes, I know that I’m ssssoooooooo late jumping on the fabric headband bandwagon, but I’ve made my peace with that :-)
Anyhoo, these are totally easy and I just needed to do a tiny bit of math to figure out the sizes (since I kinda have a pinhead, and needed to make mine smaller than what Ashley did :).
So, find some SUPER-CUTE fabric scraps that are hidingDEEP in your sewing drawer. 
You can also use some elastic scraps OR find a skirt you don’t like anymore and cut the elastic out.
Next, I measured my head (22″), so I figured that I would make the total headband 21 1/2″ long,  so it will be snug. And I liked just having 1″ of elastic at the bottom. So the length I needed to cut the fabric was 21″. That means: 20 1/2″ for the headband and 1/4″ to tuck under on each end.
I also wanted a wider headband, since my hair is thick and needs extra control. So, I decided it would be 1 1/4″ wide. So, I needed to cut the fabric 3″ wide. That means: 1 1/4″ doubled plus a seam allowance of 1/4″ on both sides.

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So, to sum up…….I wanted the total headband to be 21 1/2″ x 1 1/4″, so I cut my fabric 3″ x 21″   (still with me?) 

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I wanted my elastic to be wider as well, so I used some that was 1″ wide from a skirt I didn’t like anymore. I cut that 2″ long. 

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K, now take the fabric and fold it in half, right sides together, and sew up the long side.

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Then, turn them right sides out and iron them flat. Ashley has a handy trick for doing that here.

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Now, tuck 1/4″ of fabric under on each end and insert 1/2″ the elastic into each end. Then sew it in place a few times on each end (one at a time, of course!).

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Ta Da!!! 
Very cute! And my girls LOVE them!!
To make theirs, I measured their heads (20″), so I wanted the headband to be 1 1/4″ x 19 1/2″…..and I just cut the fabric 3″ x 19″ and still cut the elastic 2″.
For my niece, who is younger and smaller (her head was 18″)…….I wanted the headband thinner. So I cut the fabric 2″ x 17″ and used a thinner elastic (but still 2″ inches of it). So, the total headband was 3/4″ x 17 1/2″.

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So, these are the ones I made for me and my girls.

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And Aislyn patiently (not really) modeling one for me.
So, go make a ton…..the thing that took the longest was turning them right-side out and ironing them flat. Otherwise…….
Easy Peasy!!!
Have fun!

About Emily

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. These are adorable! Happy Friday! :)

  2. so cute!! i always read you blog and i love it!! and this is the first time a write… happy Friday

  3. These are really cute, I love the fabric choices. I think there might be some stuff in my stash screaming out to be made into headbands!

  4. They’re beautiful. Great colors for spring. And coincidentally, I just put a quick little tip for turning loops on my blog… scroll down a bit, I think it’s the post before St. Patrick’s Day…

  5. Oooh, sorry, I wasn’t trying to be all self-promotional there, just thought you might want to try it out. You use a pencil eraser and it works very well.

  6. Those are adorable!

  7. I haven’t jumped on this bandwagon either but I will now! Your tutorial is the simplest and nicest yet. Thanks!

  8. So cute, what a fabulous use for fabric scraps! Hope things are going well with your family and your new little one. :)

  9. TFS!!!! Will be cute for Christmas gifts. Now to just get a measurement of heads without their knowledge! LOL!!! Should be interesting.

    Love the ideal.

  10. That is awesome! I can’t wear the regular headbands because they give me super bad headaches. I will be making these. When I get a chance. Thanks for the idea.

  11. Something that will change your life: glue or sew a small piece (1 1/2 or 2 inches long) of velcro on the inside of the top of the headband. It will grasp the hair and never slip!

  12. i need to make some of these pronto.

  13. Great tutorial thank you! :)


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