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50+ Cute & Crafty Headbands To Make

Here’s a fun list of crafty ideas for making headbands with plenty of different fabrics, materials and techniques found in this collection…some sewn, some knit, some crochet while others just require a glue gun, crafty bits and a metal or plastic headband to embellish. I’ve organized the list into two groups, the first batch features fabric & decorative trims, the second batch is a collection of free knit and crochet patterns. Have fun!


Easy Ribbon [1]: Use either a single decorative ribbon or two contrasting ribbons sewn together to make this sweet headband.

Pleated Tutorial [2]: A scrap of fabric and interfacing are gathered together then attached to an elastic headband with a felt piece for backing, embellished with pearls or buttons.



Nautical [3]: Made with a few yards of rope or ribbon that are tied into a sailor’s knot and then attached to pieces of twill and a hair band.

Braided [4]: A plain headband is covered with fabric then strips of fabric or trims are braided together and glued on top.



Repurposed Leather Or Vinyl [5]: Cut strips of leather or vinyl from an old purse, cosmetic case, etc., to make this simple bow headband.

Ruched [6]: Free pattern piece download (jpg file), made with felt, lightweight fabric and bias (can be store bought or handmade).



Fabric Covered [7]: Plain headbands are covered in fabric then embellished with bows, ruffles or whatever you like.

Ribbon & Buttons [8]: Hot glue decorative ribbon and assorted buttons to a plain headband.



Fabric Tied Headband [9]: Elastic loop at back then ties in place, free pdf pattern download available.

Elastic Fabric Covered [10]: Fabric is stiffened with interfacing and ends are sewn to a strip of elastic. Free pattern template download (jpg file).



Ruffly [11]: Made with a lightweight fabric (such as silk or a light cotton/linen) that are cut into squares then attached to a band of ribbon (hand sewing).

Feathered [12]: Made with a scrap of leather, thick elastic, assorted feathers and a scrap of felt. Assembled with glue and a bit of sewing.



J Crew Inspired [13]: A plain headband is wrapped in fabric then fabric petals are assembled and glued onto band.

Scrappy Leather [14]: Made with assorted leather scraps cut into petals and then glued onto a plain headband, finished off with a vintage button at the top.



Fabric & Felt [15]: Made with two coordinating pieces of fabric and small felt circles (for the flower embellishment), ties at the back.

Ribbon [16]: Made with 2 elastic ponytail holders and about 3 feet of decorative ribbon (or longer if needed). Also see this tutorial [17].



Reversible Fabric [18]: Reversible fabric bands are held together with elastic in a fabric casing (at the back). See this tutorial [19] for a similar idea.

Flat Pattern Hair Band [20]: Shows how to measure first for a custom fit, each end has a button for a hair elastic to loop over (for closure).



Rick Rack & Fabric [21]: Wider band across the top is trimmed with rick rack, ends tie at back of neck.

Braided [22]: Six strips of fabric are made into two separate braids and then sewn together at the ends, elastic is then attached at each end. Another similar pattern found here [23].



Flower Pom Pom [24]: Circles of fabric are glued one by one to a piece of felt, then the pom pom is attached to an elastic headband.

Simple Fabric Braid [25]: Made by tying two strips of fabric in knots, ties at the back.



Ruffled [26]: A fabric casing is made for 1″ wide elastic then sewn together at the back. Embellish with as you like with fabric flowers, etc.

T-Shirt Headband [27]: Strips of an old t-shirt are stretched until they naturally curl then tied together to make a headband.



Sewn Buttons [28]: Buttons are hand sewn onto a stretchy elastic headband.

Rolled Felt [29]: Strips of felt are rolled into tight circles of assorted sizes then glued onto a headband.



Flower Rosettes [30]: A headband is wrapped with a strip of fabric and then fabric rosettes are made with the same material and attached.

Ribbon Rosettes Band [31]: Rosettes are made from ribbon, embellished with beads and then attached to an elastic headband.



Lace & Pearl [32]: Lace or other decorative trim is rolled into a flower (glued onto a circle of felt), pearl for the center then glued onto an elastic headband.

Spiral Wrapped [33]: A few different ideas on this page including a spiral ribbon wrapped band.



Romantic Rose [34]: A satin headband is embellished with lace, satin ribbon, faux pearl beads and vintage-style buttons.

Felt Flower Hairband [35]: Make a sweet felt flower embellished with seed beads and attach to an elastic “bando” style hair band, free pattern download included (jpg file).



Yarn Wrapped [36]: A sweet and simple project made by wrapping a metal or plastic headband with assorted colors of yarn (held in place with glue).

Glitter Bow Tutorial [37]: Made with satin ribbon, spray adhesive, clear fishing line string, headband, scrap of felt and glitter.



Fashion Headband [38]: Adorn basic headbands with beautiful feathers for a one-of-a-kind accessory. Materials include fabric glue, ribbon, button and feathers.

Double Ruffle [39]: Two strips of fabric are sewn together to make a casing, pulled to gather than slid over a headband (held in place with glue).



Felt Eyelet [40]: Features a traditional eyelet effect created with hole punches, tutorial via pdf download.

Double Sided Fabric [41]: Has a fabric covered elastic piece at the back for a comfy fit, free pattern download (pdf).



Floppy Fabric Bows [42]: Made with 2 strips of fabric and 1 small piece for the center, plastic headband and a hot glue gun.

Summertime Hair Wraps (How-To) [43]: Shows how to fold, wrap and tie a silk scarf to keep your hair tidy and presentable.



Color Block [44]: Two pairs of tights (in two different colors) are cut then stitched together for this project.

Knit & Crochet


Knit Bow [45]: Worked in seed stitch (knitting) then band is made with 3 ropes of crocheted chain stitch. Free pdf pattern download.

Vanessa [46]: Knit with US #11 needles, gauge is 3 stitches over 1″ in st st. Free pdf pattern download available.



Granny Stripe [47]: Crochet pattern worked in rounds (shell stitch). Made with worsted weight yarn and size 4mm hook.

Urban Turban [48]: Both crochet and knitting patterns offered, made with size #17 needles (or size J hook) and thick bulky yarn.



Knotted [49]: Crochet pattern, two strands of yarn are crocheted into chains then tied in a center knot and glued to strands of ribbon (to tie at back).

Lacey [50]: Free crochet pattern and features knit I-cord ties or crocheted chain ties.



Irish Hiking [51]: A knit cable design made with size #8 (US) straight needles.

Knitted [52]: Simple pattern, skills required: Garter stitch (just knit, no purl!), increasing and decreasing, and I-cord.



Crochet [53]: Made with worsted weight yarn and a size G hook, stitches used: chain; DC, SC and slip stitch. Back is a double strand of chain stitches to hold band in place.

Wide Cabled [54]: Knitting pattern, made with aran-weight yarn or worsted weight if you prefer. Knit on 4.5mm knitting needles and 1 cable needle. Finished size: 4.5″ x 19″ (stretches to approx. 21″).



Criss-Cross Cable [55]: Free knitting pattern using size 8 needles and worsted weight yarn (has a button closure at back with a chain crochet loop).

Hedda [56]: Free crochet pattern available via pdf download. Finished size approximately 1 1/2″ wide x 24″ long (or length desired).



Basketweave [57]: Free knit pattern made with cotton yarn and 2 double pointed needles. Finished size measure 1.75″ x 12″ long (plus ties on ends).

Three Strands Crochet [58]: Made with worsted weight yarn and a 4.00mm hook, can be made longer or shorter by changing the number of starting ch. See this version with a flower [59].



MandyBand [60]: Cute crochet pattern for a headband, made with crochet thread, a piece of elastic and a size F crochet hook (sizes for Adult, Child and Baby).