I'm not much of a headband wearer. As much as I like the look, the classic plastic or metal U-shaped versions hurt my head after a while and scarves slide right out of my straight hair. This is why a hidden wire in fabric headbands is genius. You can bend it so it fits your own head shape – no headaches or slipping! You can buy these cute accessories at lots of places including American Apparel, ModCloth, and Etsy but if you are the crafty type, they are easy to make. They sew up really quick and these headbands are a great scrap-busting project.
Learn how to create your own custom headband after the jump.
DIY Fabric Wire Wrap Headband
For this project, you will need:
Long fabric scraps
Thread (coordinating or contrasting)
Sewing machine (optional but much faster)
A chopstick or pencil
1. Start by determining the size to cut your fabric. Wrap a measuring tape or piece of string, yarn, or ribbon around your head, cross the ends and leave length for the tie or cross. Add 1" to determine the length. Calculate width by deciding how wide you'd like your band to be, multiply by 2 and add 1/2" for seam allowance. My measurements were 32" long x 4.5" wide.
2. Cut out a strip of fabric based on your measurements.
3. Fold it in half, lengthwise, right sides facing and iron. You could pin it instead but that seems like more work.
4. Trim the ends at an angle.
5. Sew down the entire length with a 1/4" seam allowance.
6. Use a chopstick or pencil to help you turn the band right-side out.
7. Iron that baby flat.
8. Measure out a length of floral wire based on the length of our band. You'll want to add about an inch and a half or so at either end.
9. Fold wire at each end and twist to form a loop. You can put a little tape over the pokey end of the wire if you want but I decided to live dangerously.
10. Feed the wire through the band and secure at each end with a couple hand stitches at either end.
11. Fold the ends in with a 1/2" seam and iron or pin closed.
12. Sew each end closed with coordinating or contrasting thread. You can do two rows or one, whatever you like. And no, I wasn't drunk when I sewed these. I never said I was good at this.
13. Wrap around your head and twist or tie to close!