I love headbands. I think they look cute with a ponytail, they hide if I haven’t showered in days, they use up fabric scraps, and for whatever sensory reason they just feel good. Prepping for postpartum wear and life, sewing up some new headbands was #1 on my list and I thought I’d share the free patterns I tried out!
I didn’t sew all of them, but there are 15 more free headband tutorials for women linked in this post!
First up is the only woven headband I sewed, with a super fast tutorial and pattern piece from Alice and Lois. This is also a great way to use up FOE (fold-over-elastic) scraps if you have them. I skipped the top-stitching because I’m lazy. I think this would be a pretty blank canvas for embroidery or applique as well. This used up a weird shaped scrap from my Serger Cover Tutorial.
Second is a popular turban-esque style, I used the twisted headband tutorial from Do It Yourself Divas (I added a band to cover the seam). Super fast and I liked how it used up some really narrow strips of fabric.
This was probably the fastest to sew, a modified narrow version of the ruched head wrap from Delia Creates. I still have a hunk of this fabric left for something fun; I also used it for a slouchy beanie to fit my son, seen in this post.
Last but not least, a knit, gathered headband from Sew 4 Home. This is the first tutorial they share; I added two bands to cover the seams instead of fussing with folding and topstitching in. This was the very last of one of my favorite fabrics; you can see where I used it in a maxi dress and leggings a while ago for a Greenstyle Creations blog tour.
Bonus! I have since shared my own tutorial, the simplest out of the 5 and with really clear pictures. Check out how to make athletic headbands here.
I made a few in each style – they will certainly be worn out by the time we get through the newborn stage with a toddler also at home. Do you have any favorite styles I missed? Do you think it’s ridiculous an almost 30 year old wears these on the daily? Don’t tell me if you do.