Small Projects

Elasticated Headband


Need a new hair accessory? Want to make your own? Then follow this easy tutorial on how to make your very own elasticated headband!

What you’ll need:

  • One fat quarter of your chosen fabric (I used two fat quarters because I wanted a different pattern to make it reversible)
  • Paper pattern/template
  • 15cm of thick elastic
  • Fabric shears
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pins

Let’s get started!

Let’s start with the paper template. For my headband, I measured from the middle of my head to down just past my ears which was 20cm. This will be the length of the headband.


Now we need to decide on the thickness. I went with 5cm across the top and 2.5cm behind the ears, so it will taper down to a thinner band. I included my seam allowance in those measurements.

Once you have your template cut out, fold your fabric in half and place the template along the fold like this:

Repeat the same step to get the back of your headband.


Now it’s time for the construction! I found it easiest to start with one of the ends where we are inserting the elastic. Place your fabric cutouts right-sides together and lay the elastic in between them.


Using your sewing machine, sew a straight stitch right across the end, stitching together the two pieces of fabric and the elastic.


Now one end is secure we can stitch down both the sides but leave the other end open! We will be using this end to turn the fabric through!


Grab onto the elastic inside of the headband and pull the fabric inside out. Everything should now be on the right side.


To finish off, just poke the end of elastic into the open end of the headband and stitch up the opening using an invisible stitch.


An additional step is just to top stitch around the edge to make sure everything lays flat. If you don’t want to do this step, using an iron on it will also do the job!

Thank you for reading this quick DIY post! I hope you enjoy making this headband! If you have a go don’t forget to share your makes with us on Instagram @aboxofbuttons or on Twitter @aBoxofButtons! See you next time!

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