Thursday, January 17, 2013

No-slip fabric headband {tutorial}

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I see these cute headbands everywhere!  Chaney wore them for softball and I've probably spent a total of $75 on them for her because they don't slip in her fine hair.

When I workout I have two choices to control my curly mop... wear a hat or wear some sort of headband.  Hats are alright but sweat + something on your forehead can = a breakout even when you are 35.  The headbands I have bought in the store either slip or give me a giant headache. 

So I started looking at Chaney's last headband {the rest have disappeared UGH} and I realized that the non-slip material was nothing more than velveteen.  That's it!  Her headbands have always had cute ribbons on them but I don't have an abundance of ribbon but I do have an abundance of fabric... especially 2.5" strips of fabric.  I also have some velveteen fabric that I'm going to make some of these with... :)

I've made several of these now so I thought I'd share the my tutorial.  You can make them in varied widths but this tutorial gives you a wider band that measures approximately 1.5" wide.  The measurements I use here create a band that will fit Chaney {she's 9} and me.


Here's what you need:
15.5" x 1.5" velveteen ribbon { must be satin on the back of the ribbon}
15.5" x 2.5" fabric scrap
5" x 7/8" of woven elastic
15" x 1/2" of Steam-a-Seam2 {not necessary but really helpful!}
Thread that coordinates with your fabric {don't worry about it coordinating with the velveteen because the stitches pretty much disappear in the velvet}
Sewing machine

Here we go!


1.  Take your fabric strip and fold exactly in half {width wise}, wrong sides together as shown.  Press.


2.  Open your strip and use the pressed line you just made as a guide to fold both edges toward the center as shown.  This will encase your raw edges.  Press again.


3.  Apply your 15" of Steam-a-Seam2 to the back of your fabric strip as shown. 

Follow the instructions on the package for specifics on how to use the product.


4.  Fold both ends of your velveteen ribbon AND your fabric strip 1/2" in as shown.  This will encase the raw ends.


5.  Center your fabric strip on the satin side of your ribbon.  Press the fabric onto the satin side of the ribbon to activate the Steam-a-Seam2; this will help stabilize the band while you stitch the fabric to the ribbon.


6.  Stitch down both sides of the fabric to secure the fabric to the ribbon.  STOP about 1/4" before the ends so you can insert your elastic.

7.  Center your elastic in the opening between the fabric and ribbon at one end.  Start where you left off and stitch across to secure the elastic.  I stitched over this part several times to make sure the elastic will remain secure while wearing your headband.  Repeat this step on the other end of the band.

8.  Trim any stray threads and you're done.

Non-slip headband from fabric scraps. Tutorial tomorrow!

Enjoy!  These bands look adorable for casual wear with no slipping...

I should have worn one of these bands for this race.  100% humidity + my hair isn't a good look!

... they also tame my beastly curls when I run and I've never ended up with a headache.

Note:  These are hand washable.  I wash my bands in Woolite and let them air dry. 


Cherie said...

Thanks SO much for this tutorial! I think I'm stopping at Hobby Lobby on the way home to make one tonight!

Elle said...

Fantastic tutorial! I don't run, but they are so cute that I think I need to make a bunch for myself before the baby comes...a great way to keep my hair out of my face when I haven't showered in an eon (which I understand is the norm for new mothers). ;) Thanks for sharing! And I love the picture of y'all after running together (and the description of Chaney skipping...that is pretty awesome (other than the effects on you, of course). Glad you are doing so look great and are making me feel like even more of a lazy slob than usual. Ah well! :)

Julie said...

Love this tutorial. I bought one of these type of headbands for my daughter. And I was going to make more, but not sure where to get velveteen ribbon.
Where did you get yours?
Thanks. You and Chaney are adorable
Thanks Julie

Julie said...

Love this tutorial. I bought one of these type of headbands for my daughter. And I was going to make more, but not sure where to get velveteen ribbon.
Where did you get yours?
Thanks. You and Chaney are adorable
Thanks Julie

CitricSugar said...

Great idea!! I haven't worn a headband in years, and almost entirely because of headaches and slippage so I think I'm going to have to try this one out!

And that's a great pic of you two gorgeous gals! Congrats on the run - I think that's just awesome!

Elisabeth DeMoo said...

Very Cute!

Kelli said...

I will be trying this out because I have a big head so store-bought nonslips either do slip or give me a headache or both. Making my own that works = awesome!

Sarah said...

SNAP! I'm 35 with a 9 year old daughter, I have a thick mop of curly hair and I cannot keep headbands in my hair! They always slide out. I shall have to try your instructions. Thank you.

Madame Samm said...

I love this..I wear headbands all the time as my hair is very thick...thank you for the great tut..and I think you both look terrific,,,p.s she is growing up into a very lovely young lady

miamihoney said...

Cool! I plan on making me some headbands this weekend, thanks for the motivation.

Sally said...

Thanks for this little tutorial! I just made one of these and I"m currently testing it out on my hair! I can never get headbands to stay on, so this just may be a lifesaver for me!

Sewgreen said...

I will definitely be making these! especially when I see they are $17 for 1 at sporting stores!

everydayfancy said...

I am so glad to have seen this on Pinterest. I love the name brand non-stick headbands, but they are always too tight on my head. Now I can make them as big as I need!

Kelley @ said...

I have always wondered how to make these! Im going to have to pick up some velveteen and try them! Thanks for the tutorial!

(also, not to be a creeper - but my brother lives in Argyle! Small world!)

Rekha Chauhan said...

excellent article and very good points.
Non-Slip headbands

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