DIY Elastic Headbands

DIY Elastic Headbands by Ruffles and Stuff

Hello everyone!!

For those of us who haven’t met, I’m Disney, and I’ve got a little craft blog called Ruffles and Stuff! I love sharing my projects and tutorials for all kinds of crafts, and I love to take old, seemingly useless things and make them into something beautiful!
Guest posting on Ucreate feels a little like being asked to guest host for The Today Show or something, but despite being a little nervous, I’m super excited to be here!
I wanted to show you a little tutorial I worked up, that I call the Cheater’s Guide to an Anthro Headband.

I saw these the other day, and absolutely adored them! So, doing what any respectable crafter would do, I figured out a way to make my own!
What you’ll need:
A thick elastic hair band
Ribbon, lace, or any other trim which catches your fancy
A sewing machine (or needle and thread)
Glue gun

1) Your first step is to snip your elastic band in half and measure it. (Mine were 6 inches) 2) The average headband is about 19″, so add as much trim as it will take to equal 19″ when added to your elastic, plus 1″ extra for seams. (i.e. 6″ elastic +14″ ribbon = 20″) Fold the edges of your trim over about 1/2″.

3) Lay one end of your elastic on top of the folded edge, wrap trim around elastic end, and pin.
4) Using a zig-zag stitch, sew your elastic to the trim very well, about 20 stitches. (you may also do this by hand, if you don’t have a machine)

5) Repeat steps 3&4 on the other end of your elastic.

6) Cut two, 3″ lengths of ribbon in a color that blends well with your elastic, and wrap it around the edges of the trim, glueing as you go, and tucking under the end of the ribbon for a finished look.

Slip it on, and enjoy the compliments! :o)
You may also add embellishments like buttons or bow by sewing or glueing them to the side!

And of course, there are many other variations that you can try! My personal favorites are lace, and braided gold ribbon (top right)

And don’t forget the little ones!
(you’ll need to measure their head to find the right measurement)

Thank you so much, Kari, for having me today!
Take care, everyone! Come by and visit anytime! :o)



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  1. says

    These are really cute! I’ve made headbands out of braided t-shirt strips, and an easier way I’ve found to use the elastic hair band is to leave it intact. If you don’t cut the hair band, just make the ribbon longer. Instead of having to sew the ribbon to the tiny little end of the the hair band, fold it around the hair band and sew it on to itself. Its way less likely to snap if its being stretched out. :)

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