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How to Make a Bow Headband

Learn how to make a bow headband with knit fabric. This beginner sewing project makes a great gift and it’s so cute and useful!

I use a headband when I wash my face, when I go running, when I put my hair in a shower cap, when I do yard work, and when I clean the house. Honestly, I use headbands all the time.

I’ve made several different kinds, but I wanted to make a cute one with a bow. I’m sharing the exact measurements of all the pattern pieces so you can make your own!

How to Make a Bow Headband

I tried three different fabrics: cotton spandex jersey (pineapples), rayon spandex jersey (windowpane), and cotton jersey (striped). I found all the fabrics worked, but I liked the cotton spandex jersey the best.

The cotton spandex jersey was easy to sew, stretchy and comfortable, and it was stiff enough to give shape to the bow. The other two fabrics were also easy to sew, stretchy and comfortable, but the fabric was too lightweight to hold the shape well. The bow turned out a little more floppy.

How to Make a Bow Headband

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How to Make a Bow Headband

How to Make a Bow Headband

supplies

cotton spandex jersey knit

Cut three rectangles. One that is 4 inches tall and 20 inches wide (the band), one that is 8 inches wide and 6 inches tall (the bow), and one that is 3 inches tall and 2 inches wide (the center).

cut out three rectangles

Fold each rectangle matching up the long edges and pin.

match up long sides of each rectangle and pin

Sew each long edge with a zigzag stitch. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.

sew each long side with a zigzag stitch

Turn the band right side out. Roll the tube so that the seam is on the center back of one side.

turn tube right side out

Fold the band right sides together matching up the short edges. Pin and sew with a zigzag stitch. Backstitch when you start and stop.

match up short sides of tube and pin

Turn the bow right side out. Roll the tube so that the seam is on the center back of one side.

turn tube right side out

Fold the bow right sides together matching up the short edges. Pin and sew with a zigzag stitch. Backstitch when you start and stop.

match up short sides of tube and pin

Turn the center right side out. Roll the tube so that the seam is on the center back of one side.

turn tube right side out

Place the bow on the band right over the band’s seam. Make sure the seam of the bow is facing the band. Sew a couple of stitches in the center to keep all the layers together.

place bow on headband over seam

Fold the center around the band with right sides together. Match the short ends and pin.

fold small tube around headband

Sew with a zigzag stitch and backstitch when you start and stop. Turn the center right side out.

sew short ends together

Slide the center over the bow. Cover the seams of the bow and the headband with the center piece.

If you are worried about the center moving around you can hand stitch it in place. You finished!

slip middle over bow

If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

How to Make a Bow Headband

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What size would I make for a young girl (3 yrs)