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!
Pleated Tutorial: 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.
Braided: A plain headband is covered with fabric then strips of fabric or trims are braided together and glued on top.
Ruched: Free pattern piece download (jpg file), made with felt, lightweight fabric and bias (can be store bought or handmade).
Ribbon & Buttons: Hot glue decorative ribbon and assorted buttons to a plain headband.
Elastic Fabric Covered: Fabric is stiffened with interfacing and ends are sewn to a strip of elastic. Free pattern template download (jpg file).
Feathered: Made with a scrap of leather, thick elastic, assorted feathers and a scrap of felt. Assembled with glue and a bit of sewing.
Scrappy Leather: Made with assorted leather scraps cut into petals and then glued onto a plain headband, finished off with a vintage button at the top.
Flat Pattern Hair Band: Shows how to measure first for a custom fit, each end has a button for a hair elastic to loop over (for closure).
Simple Fabric Braid: Made by tying two strips of fabric in knots, ties at the back.
T-Shirt Headband: Strips of an old t-shirt are stretched until they naturally curl then tied together to make a headband.
Rolled Felt: Strips of felt are rolled into tight circles of assorted sizes then glued onto a headband.
Ribbon Rosettes Band: Rosettes are made from ribbon, embellished with beads and then attached to an elastic headband.
Spiral Wrapped: A few different ideas on this page including a spiral ribbon wrapped band.
Felt Flower Hairband: Make a sweet felt flower embellished with seed beads and attach to an elastic “bando” style hair band, free pattern download included (jpg file).
Glitter Bow Tutorial: Made with satin ribbon, spray adhesive, clear fishing line string, headband, scrap of felt and glitter.
Double Ruffle: Two strips of fabric are sewn together to make a casing, pulled to gather than slid over a headband (held in place with glue).
Double Sided Fabric: Has a fabric covered elastic piece at the back for a comfy fit, free pattern download (pdf).
Summertime Hair Wraps (How-To): Shows how to fold, wrap and tie a silk scarf to keep your hair tidy and presentable.
Knit & Crochet
Vanessa: Knit with US #11 needles, gauge is 3 stitches over 1″ in st st. Free pdf pattern download available.
Urban Turban: Both crochet and knitting patterns offered, made with size #17 needles (or size J hook) and thick bulky yarn.
Lacey: Free crochet pattern and features knit I-cord ties or crocheted chain ties.
Knitted: Simple pattern, skills required: Garter stitch (just knit, no purl!), increasing and decreasing, and I-cord.
Wide Cabled: 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″).
Hedda: Free crochet pattern available via pdf download. Finished size approximately 1 1/2″ wide x 24″ long (or length desired).