I have always had a love-hate relationship with headbands. I love the way they look and how they keep hair out of my face – but for some reason they never fit well. I don’t know if I have a funky head shape (or maybe you have the same problem), but they always end up sliding off. Then I realized that the headband I made that stays on my little girl’s head best has no elastic. So I grabbed a spool of crochet trim I had and whipped up a simple (as in 5 minutes!) yet super cute headband.
It works great! Best headband ever. It stays put all day and doesn’t squeeze off my head, and no headaches! Plus it goes with just about everything and is nice and light for Summer.
Catch me after the jump for the full tutorial (and my fruitless attempt at a self portrait wearing it!)
Simple And Comfortable Crochet Headband Tutorial
- spool of 1 inch crochet trim (next to the ribbon at craft/sewing supply stores)
- matching thread
- sewing machine
First, measure your head to see how long you will need to make the first band. You can use a tape measure, or just the crochet trim itself. Make sure it is snug, but can still be pulled over your head. For a guide – a standard size will be right around 21 inches. I cut mine right at 21.
Add a half inch to that measurement and then cut the trim to length, sew together overlapping the ends a 1/4 inch using a zigzag stitch.
Now take the end of the trim on the spool, fold it under a 1/4 inch and line up with seam on that first band. You’re going to overlap the side of the trim your adding to the first band making a place to sew them together.
Now using the zigzag stitch, start sewing at the top where the two are overlapped, all the way around the headband.
When you reach where you started, overlap the end, and then gradually bring that edge over to overlap the second band while sewing. You can see in the picture, the piece I am holding in my hand is where I have done this.
Now just keep sewing around where the third bands overlaps the second. I sewed one more band, making it four strands wide – but you can do three for a thinner headband.
To finish it off, about 4-5 inches before you reach the seams where you started, cut the trim to the length to the seams, fold end under a 1/4 inch and then angle it toward the seams like shown in the picture. Then just sew to the end, then sew once across the width on those seams to secure the ends. That’s it!
Now for the awkward photos. I tell ya, I hate taking pictures of myself. And I clearly need practice!
I started in my bathroom, where not only is the lighting horrible – but the bulb on the ceiling fan was not quite the prop I was going for. So then I took it to the bedroom with a mirror I set by the window. I had to bend over and all I could get was an awkward close up. At this point my kids come in and ask why I am taking pictures of myself. Skat!! It’s hard enough with no one watching! Then I decide to take it outside. Mind you I am living in a less-than-desirable apartment complex right now – so after a few (unsuccessful) attempts with some curious onlookers wondering “what on earth is this lady doing?” I decided I’d much rather the audience of my kids.
So I took it back inside – and this is all I got. Self portraiture is definitely not a talent of mine :). But it shows you the headband, right? Good enough for me!
Really though, I love love this headband. It looks great with my hair up or down, and stays put. It’s so light and comfy, I don’t know it’s there.
To get it on, just position it over your forehead first, then the back of your head and gently slide over your noggin. Make sure to get it over your head before you put your hair up or style it.
Happy Friday friends! I hope you have a babysitter and a hot date for the night!