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Braided Headband Tutorial

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We spent last week in Destin, Florida.  With all the time at the beach and the pool I realized that I need some more headbands.  I have a few headbands, including the fabric flower headband I made 2 years ago.

fabric flower headband

But somehow I only managed to find two headbands while packing.  So I decided that I need to make some more to help tame my hair this Spring and Summer and today I’m sharing how I made my new braided headband.

Step 1: Cut 3 strips of knit fabric that are 1 in X 22 inches.  Use a knit fabric because it doesn’t unravel and it’s stretchy.  To make this easy I used my rotary cutter, quilt ruler, and cutting mat.  If you’re in the market for these tools Amazon sells a bundle with all 3 of these that’s a great price right now.

But if you don’t have those tools you can totally do this with scissors.  The strips don’t have to be perfect either.

braided headband fabric strips

Step 2: Tie a knot in one end.

diy braided headband braiding the fabrics

Step 3: Put that end under something heavy.  This will hold it in place and make it easier to braid.

braiding the fabrics

Step 4: Braid and knot the other end.

the braid

Step 5: Sew across the ends and trim off the excess. If you don’t want to sew or don’t have access to a sewing machine I think you could use hot glue to secure the ends.

diy braided headband ends

Step 6:  Wrap around your head and tie.  If you want you can sew the two ends of the braid together but the knit is stretchy and so I like being able to tie it each time to make sure it’s tight.

the ends tied

That’s it!  Super simple and quick project.  I have even seen other people use old t-shirts to make these as well but I had some knit leftovers in my stash that I wanted to use up.  If you’ve got a few minutes and a little bit of fabric or an old t-shirt then you could easily make up a headband or two.

braided headband

braided headband tutorial

I’ve got a few more easy tutorials coming soon so be sure to check back for those or subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss a thing.

braided headband tutorial pin


Sunday 27th of March 2016

Cute way to use your scraps! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that features your tutorial: --Anne


Sunday 27th of March 2016

Thanks so much!


Friday 25th of March 2016

This is so cute!! I also love the fabric flower headband!


Friday 25th of March 2016

Thanks Cara!


Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

Such a great way to use up scraps! I need to try this out.


Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

You totally should. It's super easy and quick.

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