How to Make an Elastic Back Headband

How to Make an Elastic Back Headband

How to make an elastic back headband

I love headbands.  This reversible elastic back headband is super simple to make. It is also a great scrap busting project. It really just takes a few minutes to put together using beginner sewing skills.  This headband project is the perfect fun and functional project for any beginner sewist. I made my headband reversible but you could make yours all one fabric if you want. I used scrap fabrics that I had in my stash for this project.  If you don’t have scraps or remnants like I do head over to JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores, Hobby Lobby ,Fabric.com, or Onlinefabricstore.net to get the perfect fabric for your head band.  This post contains affiliate links that if you click them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  

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What you will Need: How to Make an Elastic Back Headband

  • 1/4 yd outer fabric
  • 1/8 yd lining fabric
  • 7 7/8″ of 1/4″ elastic
  • Standard sewing supplies
What you will need headband

Step 1: Cut your Fabrics

From the outer fabric cut one piece that measures 5 1/2″ x 15 3/4″ and a second piece that measures 2 3/4″ x 15″.  Cut one piece of lining fabric that measures 5 1/2″ x 15 3/4″.  

Cut your fabrics

Step 2: Stitch the outer fabric to the lining

Stitch the large outer fabric piece to the lining piece right sides together along the long sides only using a 3/8″ seam allowance.  Turn right sides out and press.  Top stitch along the long sides.  

Place fabrics right sides together
Top stitch

Step 3: Stitch the second outer piece

Take the second outer piece and fold the short ends in by 3/8″ and press.  Open up the folds and fold the piece lengthwise right sides together.  Stitch along the long edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Turn right sides out and press.  

Fold the fabric right sides together
Finished tube

Step 4: Fold the ends of the main piece

Take the main fabric piece and fold the short ends in an accordion style and clip.  Make sure that the ends measure 7/8″ when you have folded them.  

Fold the short ends

Step 5: Add the elastic

Stitch one end of the elastic to one of the accordion ends.  Add the tube of main fabric over the elastic using a safety pin attached to the elastic.  Fold under the ends of the tube.  Push the folded under ends over the stitched end and stitch again. Push up the tube and stitch the other end of the elastic to the other accordion end.  Fold under the short ends and place them over the stitching.  Stitch again.  You have now finished your elastic back headband.  

Add the elastic
Add the tube to the elastic
How to Make an elastic back headband
Finished Headband

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How to make an elastic back headband

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