headbands! – 3 easy ways {part 1}



My girls now have a drawer full of hair accessories, and all thanks to my sewing stash. I felt forced to make them after a trip to the drugstore shocked me with simple FOE (fold over elastic) headbands at 4 for $3.99. Really? The Fabric Fairy sells FOE for 39 cents a yard {click here for that deal}!

Anyway, here in part one, I’m going to show you how to make those FOE headbands and some matching ponytail holders on the cheap! You’ll want to keep fold over elastic on hand all the time.




Next week in part 2, I’ll show you how to make these adorable ribbon and FOE headbands with just a little bit of sewing {my adorable ribbon is from Renaissance Ribbons – click here to see more}.


And in part 3, I’ll show you how to make super non-slip headbands with ribbon, FOE, and some hook and loop tape. Plus I’ll show you the bow. Yay!


So here we go with the super-simple FOE headbands.




Ummmm…. Cut 22″ and make a knot. Should I really count this as a tutorial? But why on earth would anyone pay $3.99 for 4? I just made one for 24 cents!


That’s why I feel like I must throw in the pony tail holder instructions too. I didn’t notice the price, I was still in shock from the headbands. But they were also for sale at the drugstore. Here’s your tutorial: Cut 9″ and make a knot. Total cost: less than 10 cents.

Maybe I should throw in metric conversions to make this tutorial even better. For headbands cut 56cm and make a knot. For ponytail holders cut 23cm and make a knot.

I’m not sure what else to say. Be sure to come back next Tuesday for pretty ribbon and FOE headbands. You actually get to sew a little bit for those!


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  1. Awesome! Thank you! Silly me…I’ve had FOE on hand and don’t really use it much but now I know what to do with it….you may have done this too, but you can take a lighter and carefully run it under the FOE at the ends for just a second or two and it will seal the ends for you. 😉

  2. ClementineKate says:

    I just love using it on my Grand-daughter’s super curly hair. The "F.O.E" will hold her pony tail all day and no tears when we do her hair. But I haven’t been able to find colours …. except for diaper elastic … ideas?

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