I was approached a couple of weeks ago by my friend Christy who coaches softball to make some sparkly headbands for her team because the girls wanted to bling out their uniforms. Christy is a runner and bought a few of those fancy runner’s stay-in-place headbands to help hold her hair back. She asked if I could duplicate her headbands for the girls. I looked at the headband (which retails for $15-18+) and realized it was only sparkly ribbon backed with velveteen ribbon with a small piece of elastic attached. Piece-O-Cake!!!
So I went shopping at Hobby Lobby and they had a great selection of ribbon. I went with red sequin ribbon and matching red velveteen. I am almost finished the 20 that she ordered for the team. Here is what I have so far…
I just have to put the elastic on and I’ll be ready to deliver them to the girls!
Anyway, I decided to put together a little tutorial on how to make these and I am using pink ribbons to celebrate breast cancer awareness month.
Runner’s Headband Tutorial
Supplies needed to make one adult-sized headband: 16 inches of top ribbon (your choice…I used pink sequin ribbon), 16 inches of velveteen ribbon to match (this is what makes the headband stick in your hair), 6 inches of elastic, and matching cotton thread.
For this project, I used 7/8″ wide ribbon. It (or even a 1″) is a great size to work with. Just make sure your two ribbons are the same width. You can buy 3/8″ ribbon but I would not advise trying that narrow of a ribbon until you have mastered the thicker widths. Plus the wider ribbon stays in place better! Also, I used 3/8″ width elastic so the headband was strong.
If you have an open-toed foot, you are going to want to use it! I was trying the first few headbands with one of the standard feet and it was much more difficult. The open-toed foot provides a nice little edge to keep the ribbon against and doesn’t have anything that will snag the top ribbon (especially if you are doing sequins like I am!) Also, you want to put your needle position to the right and use a 3.0mm stich length.
First, put the 2 pieces of ribbon with the backs together and fold each edge 1/2″ in.
Then, place that fold under the sewing machine (velveteen side down) with the needle on the very right side. Make sure the presser foot is holding down the top of the fold. This is the HARDEST part of the project…I promise. You want to go slowly and be patient because you don’t want to bunch up the thread in the feed dogs.
Start sewing slowly. It helps if you readjust your presser foot occasionally. Notice that I didn’t pin it because this project is so small they get in the way. You will probably mangle the edges of your first headband just trying to get this technique, so plan on making at least two.
Once you have it going, keep your needle close to the edge without going off. Make sure your ribbons stay fairly straight together. By having the same color ribbon you give yourself a little fudge room…you won’t notice it terribly if it isn’t perfect.
Stop when you are getting about 3 inches from the edge. Because the sequin ribbon has more stretch to it, it ended up a little longer. Trim edges so they are the same length.
Then fold the edges of the ribbons in about 1/2″ (like you did the for the first end), steady them with your finger, and sew all the way to almost the end, then back-stitch.
Once you are finished that side, turn it around and sew the other side the same way.
When you get to the edge this time, make sure to readjust your fold so it is even. Then steady it with your finger as you sew to the end and back-stitch.
Now you have the band sewn, so all that’s left is to attach the elastic and you’re done.
Now insert about 1/2″ of the elastic into the little hole at the narrow side of the headband.
Now place that edge under the sewing machine and sew across to secure the elastic. Since this seam will have a lot of stress, I like to go over it a few times.
When you get to the edge, lift your presser foot and rotate the headband 180°, then sew another seam. Do this 2 more times so you pass over 4 times total.
Next, insert the free end of the elastic into the other side of the headband. And sew.
Now you’re done! This is what the finished product looks like:
Excuse my messy hair…I didn’t realize this morning I was going to have to take pictures today! :) These headbands are awesome though, I know you will love them if you try them! I have really fine hair and have a hard time getting things to stay but I wore a sample one of these all day to school and it didn’t budge at all.
Kristen over at Lady Bug Blessings actually had the same idea and made some of these headbands the other day. I saw her post and had to email her because I thought it was funny that we were doing the exact same thing and the exact same time! Great minds think alike! She used sparkly ribbon instead of sequins. You can see her running headbands here.
You can find either type of ribbon at Hobby Lobby in several different colors…they definitely have the best selection and the best prices on ribbon! I find JoAnn’s to be kind of pricey and their ribbon never goes 50% off like it does at Hobby Lobby. If you have any questions about making these headbands, feel free to email me at jamie (at) sewrockin (dot) com.
By the way, the Artsy Girl Connection has a special Breast Cancer Pink Bloghop going on if you want to see some more pink projects. And if you come back in a few days I think I am going to give some of these pink headbands away!
Also, don’t forget to check out “You Sew Rock Me Fridays” where I highlight 10 amazing projects of the craft world this week. If you haven’t added as a follower on Google Connect and/or Facebook I would really appreciate if you consired it!
Until later, happy sewing!
I’m linking up to these parties:
Saturday: Be Different Act Normal; Craft Envy, Kojo Designs, Six Sisters’ Stuff, Along for the Ride; Sunday: Homemaker on a Dime, I Heart Naptime, Under the Table and Dreaming, Flamingo Toes, The DIY Showoff; Monday: Craft-O-Maniac, Lines Across My Face, The Girl Creative, Skip to My Lou, Making the World Cuter, Polly Want a Crafter, Cherished Bliss, Dittle Dattle, Sew Chatty, Pinkapotamus, The Gunny Sack, Ask Anna; Tuesday: Tip Junkie, Kurtz Corner, Sugar Bee Crafts, Today’s Creative Blog, A Diamond in the Stuff, Hope Studios, Oops I Craft My Pants, Ladybug Blessings, Reasons to Skip the Housework, The Blackberry Vine; Wednesday: Laugh Love and Craft, Lil’ Luna, The Trendy Treehouse, Women Who Do it All, Savvy Southern Style, Sew Much Ado, Someday Crafts, Blue Cricket Design, Ginger Snap Crafts, Polka Dots on Parade, Sew Woodsy; Thursday: Craft, Scrappy, Happy, Somewhat Simple, Passionately Artistic, House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, The Crafty Blog Stalker, My Repurposed Life; Friday: Romantic Home, Lolly Jane Botique, Ooh Baby! Days of Chalk and Chocolate, At the Picket Fence, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, Happy Hour Projects, Tatertots and Jello, Sassy Sites, Remodelaholic