headbands! – 3 easy ways {part 2}


It’s Tuesday again… time for part two of my little series on headbands. Right now I have a little girl who is growing out bangs, and I was shocked at how much they charge for headbands at the drugstore… when those things could be made out of scraps I have in my sewing stash!

Last Tuesday I showed you how to make sweet and simple FOE (fold over elastic) headbands and matching pony tail holders. It’s really just a matter of knowing how long to cut your pieces. My 7 year old now loves to make them. So {click here} to see that post.

Today I’m going to show you how to make these beautiful little headbands using FOE and gorgeous designer ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons {click here to see more}.


And next Tuesday, for the final part in my headbands series… check out these darling super-non slip headbands with bows!


So, I am using 5/8″ FOE {fold over elastic available at The Fabric Fairy} and 7/8″ designer ribbon from {Renaissance Ribbons}. This particular ribbon is Orange Paperweight from Kaffe Fassett. My Cadie picked this ribbon out and insisted it was hers.

For these simple headbands, you will need:

17″ of ribbon
4-6″ of foe (4″ – toddler, 5″ – child, 6″ – adult)


Start by sewing the FOE and ribbon right sides together, with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

You don’t have to do this, but I like to roll the raw edge of my seam allowance under next to the wrong side of the ribbon and then stitch across again. It makes a nice neat seam.




Repeat those two steps on the other side of the FOE. Make sure your headband isn’t twisted… you can see here how it lays flat.


And that’s it! These are really quick to make so have fun with lots of different ribbon and FOE. They also look really cute on little heads. 🙂


Have a wonderful day and I’ll catch you next Tuesday when we make super non-slip headbands with little bows!

Meanwhile… are you doing the crazy quilt block sewalong with us? Even if you’re not, you have to stop by our facebook event page and see all the piles of scrap people are showing off. I love to see fabric, whether it’s mine or not, lol! Click the image to the right to see what I’m talking about.


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  1. Thanks! And for Carol, if she still want one after 2 years, you just have to sew (wrong side facing) 2 rectangular pieces with the two ends in a featherlike shape . Turn it off on the right side. Make sure you have 1,5 to 2 inches longer than the head circumference of the child. Use some kind of jersey fabric that can ajust to the head. Make a knot.
    I’m sorry if I have a little trouble expressing myself in English. I’m still learning!

  2. Thank you!
    I dont know what is it with my sewing machine? 🙁 the machine "eats" the ribbon along with the elastic or does not move along. Could adjusting feed dogs will solve this?

  3. I accidentally bought 5/8 " ribbon instead of 7/8" from a clearance sale. Could I still follow the directions for the headbands, but using 3/8" FOE instead?

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