Headband Tutorial

Print Headband pattern 100% to scale. Before cutting out pattern measure "measuring square to make sure it is printed to scale accurately. PDF patterns are available as US Letter sized PDF and A4 Paper sizes.

Cut out pattern pieces. 

Match "target" symbol and tape to complete "twist panel" pattern pieces. If you plan to cut "on fold" only use one segment of twist panel. This will make more sense when you play around with all of your pattern pieces. 

cut out about 7 inches of 1.25'' wide elastic. 

Cut out fabric pieces. One elastic channel and two twist panels. These pieces can be cut on long grain or crosswise grain depending on your fabric scraps. 

Fold "elastic panel" in half along fold line, and pin as needed. Hem two twist panels along long sides of panels as depicted bellow. Fold pressing with iron (1/4 double fold) pin as needed. 

Edge stitch 1/8 inch from edge of hem. 

Gather ends of twist panels at all four ends. 

Set sewing machine to a long stitch length between 3.5 and 4. 

Baste stitch two parallel stitches within 1/2 inch seam allowance. Leave long tails for gathering. 

Pull on threads to gather (pull on only bobbin threads).

Stitch twist pannel ends together within 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

Loop second stitch panel together looping second panel through first panel. Stitch end seam together within 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

Sew 1/4 inch seam allowance closing "elastic channel."

Feed elastic through channel. 

Pin twist panels onto elastic. 

Pin leaving about 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Pin on both ends. 

Try on head band and fit to desired circumference. You want it not too tight, and not too loose (personal preference). 

Trim excess. This head band elastic length started at 7 inches and was trimmed down to 6.25 inches total (factoring in 1/2 inch seam allowance). 

Stitch elastic to twist panels exactly where your pin placement is. 


Trim down excess elastic or fabric in the seam allowance:

Trimmed down and ready to close elastic channels: 

Fold elastic channel in on itself about 1/2 inch to hide raw edges:

Pull over gather stitches:

Edge stitch 1/8 from edge securing into place (make sure to catch both edges on both sides of fabric). it is ok to stitch 1/4 from edge if this step is tricky. Do this to both ends of elastic encasing 

Headband is now complete:





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