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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

20 Responses to “DIY RUNNER’S HEADBAND”

  1. I would love to try this tutorial out! I’m a total noob when it comes to all things sewing, though I have a sewing machine at home. Could you elaborate more on what velveteen ribbon is?

  2. Shannon says:

    Googled runners headbands after coming back from a run where I fought with one of those “stay put” things from the store. They continually pop off my head, SO FRUSTRATING!!! I can’t wait to make a bajillion of these! A little bling on my run will make me run faster, right?!? Thanks for the tute!

  3. Molly says:

    Love the tutorial!! I have a question though- I’m also using the Hobby Lobby ribbon- the velveteen and the 7/8″ grosgrain ribbon- and I’ve been having an issue with it looking bunchy or slightly rippled after I’m finished sewing. Am I doing something wrong, is the grosgrain not strong enough, what do you think it could be? Thanks!!

  4. Marsha says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. I have made several of these in the past week. Easy, peasy:)

  5. Tina says:

    LOVE this tutorial!! I am making these like crazy. My three daughters have all chosen several different styles of ribbon for the top. I made two of my daughter’s soccer teams all matching headbands. I used a white and green zebra print for one team and a white with green polka dots for the other. I have an embroidery machine so on each headband, I put their team name and their jersey number. They have been a huge hit with the girls. I started using the 3/8″ braided elastic. I ran out so ended up using 1/2″ braided elastic. I like it a little better as it is stronger. It “just” fits in the openings at the end pretty nicely and is a little stronger especially for my older daughter’s team! Anyway, GREAT TUTORIAL!! It was very easy to follow and has turned me into a headband making machine! LOL

  6. Anabella says:

    I featured this tutorial in my “Top Ten CRAFTS I loved this week #3″.
    It’s an awesome tutorial!!!

    PS:It is also a linking party, so you can link up another craft!!

  7. Dana says:

    You’ll have to get a pic of the team wearing the red ones. I bet they’ll look great!

  8. Jenny says:

    It looks beautiful and so much prettier than some plain old headband. You have such great tutorials!! Thanks for linking up to Latest and Greatest Friday!

  9. My girls wear these bands all the time. I’ll have to make some for their new teams!

  10. Love it, now I just need to make one and start running! Thanks for stopping by refresh restyle!

  11. Mrs. Menu says:

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial – I found it by some weird click storm which originated on Pinterest (still not quite sure of my actual path, lol). I bought some of the Goody “no-slip” headbands. What a joke. I have to use barrettes to hold them in place. Annoying. I can’t wait to try this out!

  12. Linda says:

    Really cute headband. I run and could use one of these. thanks for the tutorial.



  13. Thanks for the great tutorial. I have actually been wanting to make some of these for awhile but wasn’t 100% sure how to go about it. Thanks! I would love for you to share with Blog Stalking Thursday!

  14. what a clever and super easy headband idea! great tutorial!

  15. Awesome! This is such a great idea.. I know my hair is always falling in my face when I run .. and the sequins give a little extra bling to your run! Love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can’t wait to see what you share next!
    Hope you stop by and enter my current 500 follower giveaway @

  16. Kate says:

    Love this idea with the velveteen ribbon! This should stick to my hair and not pop off. My headband always pop off when I run and I have resorted to bobby pinning them on. I can’t wait to try this!

  17. I love this! I’m going to make some for my daughter and I to wear on Thanksgiving! I’m going to start the Take Yourself Turkey Trot and know these headbands would be such a treat!

  18. Rachel says:

    I made a ton of these last year and use them all.the.time! I can’t believe that the hot mess headbands people try to charge you that much for something that is so simple! The velvet is the key isn’t it? I wear one every time I work out, or run and feel naked if I don’t have one in place!

    You can see my post on it here:

  19. Melanie says:

    I’d love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!


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  20. Janny says:

    I bet those headbands will look awesome with their uniforms. They seem so easy to make too. Also, I gave you the Versatile Blogger Award over at Que Linda. Congratulations! I love your blog

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