Fresh from our Be Smart, Be You issue, we're breaking out the scrap fabric to make some adorable headbands. You'll need a sewing machine but this project is perfect for beginners!
Whenever I go through a lot of sewing projects, I always come across the same dilemma: what do I do with the scraps that are too big to toss, but too small to really do anything with? That’s when I started making these cute little headbands.
I love the look of bandanas as accessories. LOVE it. The problem is that I never can wrap them correctly or get them to stay exactly the way I want. So why not make a fail-proof ‘bandana’?
For these, I like to use mostly scrap fabrics or recycled clothes that I don’t wear anymore. However, many fabric stores also sell $1 fabric samples or quilting squares that work perfectly for this project.
fabric scraps or old clothes
sewing machine & thread
*You need at least 30” of fabric. If your fabric isn’t long enough to cut out one continuous strip, you can always piece it together by sewing right sides together at a ½” seam allowance.
Step 1: Cut out a piece of fabric 30”x4” with the last two inches on each side angled into a point. After you make the point, snip off about half an inch so that the “point” is squared off.
Fold your fabric in half (hot dog style) so that the right sides are touching. Sew the length and one end of the fabric as ½”. Leave the other short end open so you can get the wire in.
Step 2: Sew the length on the fabric and one end. Flip the fabric inside out so that your right sides are showing.
Step 3: Iron your piece of fabric, setting the new seems.
Cut a 29” piece of wire and curl the ends in so they won’t poke through the fabric. Insert the wire into your fabric.
Step 4: Create a top stitch to close the end. Either sew or hand stitch the open end closed.