How to Make Fold-Over Elastic (FOE) Headbands and Hair Elastics


Save money making your own fold over elastic (FOE) headbands and pony tail holders!

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 the price of simple FOE (fold over elastic) headbands. The Fabric Fairy sells FOE for just 99 cents a yard.

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.


You can also make these adorable ribbon and FOE headbands with just a little bit of sewing


In part 3, I showed you how to make super non-slip headbands with ribbon, FOE, and some hook and loop tape. Plus how to make 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.

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.

That’s all there is to it!

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