Headband Tutorial

on April 6 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 8 Comments

Georgia from Puking Pastilles joined us as a board member in the fall, and she’s back today to share this (easy!) raw-edge headband tutorial. The tutorial includes a free PDF download of embroidery designs inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe.

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Spring has finally sprung! I love the new-found life it brings to my neighborhood so I wanted to incorporate that into my tutorial I’m bringing you today. Thanks to the wonderful ladies at Sew,Mama,Sew! for having me as a contributor!

Today’s pattern is a lovely headband suitable for tweens on up to adults. It is a simple, EASY style that takes a whole of ten minutes to make! Break out your scrap stash! The optional embroidery is inspired by my favorite painter, Georgia O’Keeffe. You can feel confident and very cool wearing one of her famous paintings in your lovely locks.

There are two versions you can make:

One with a rosette…

…And the other with the Georgia O’Keeffe embroidery.

Materials:

The first thing you’ll need to do is print out the patterns. (Sewing Pattern + Embroidery Pattern)

Cut out your straps (dimensions found on the PDF pattern) and Headband Piece 1 only.

For the Optional Embroidery:
Trace the Headband Piece 2 on the fabric you’ll be using for the embroidery. You can also use a transfer pencil and iron it on if you’re using dark fabric. The pattern piece is the same backwards, so no need to draw it on the back of the paper and then transfer it.

Next, trace your embroidery pattern inside the Headband Piece 2. I chose O’Keeffe’s famous Red Poppy. Make sure the bottom of the pattern is closest to the small side of the piece as shown with the black dots. We won’t mention why the green pencil line is upside down. Moving on.

Grab your embroidery hoop, floss and a needle, and get to work! Unsure of how to start? Here is a good overview of the basic stitches. I used a split stitch for most of the Red Poppy.

Once your needlework is finished, cut it out on the lines you traced. Pin it to Headband Piece 1. You can pick whether it is on the right or left side of the headband.

Sew the Headband Piece 2 onto the Headband Piece 1 using an 1/8″ seam allowance. The beauty of this headband is that all the edges are left raw which not only gives it a funky, fresh look but also makes it incredibly easy to make.

To assemble the headband, lay the straps under each end of Headband Piece 1 as shown. Pin.

Using a zigzag stitch, stitch the two pieces together.

Next sew around all the outside edges using a 1/8″ seam allowance.

To Make the Rosette:
Cut out a piece of fabric 1.5″ x 11″. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.

Decide the placement of your rosette (off-center is best) and begin to stitch your fabric down in a spiral pattern, raw edges facing toward the inside of the spiral.

You can fold under the raw edge at the end as you finish the spiral if you wish.

The back should look something like this:

Now take a small rectangular scrap about 1″ x 2″.

Fold it in half lengthwise.

Fold it in half width-wise.

Pin it on your rosette right in the middle.

Use a zigzag stitch with no length and your choice of width to tack it on.

And you’re done!

Wrap it up for a quick gift, or tie it on!

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8 Responses to Headband Tutorial

  1. beantown sew says:

    I’m in love with this pattern! Can’t wait to give it a go!

  2. Katrina H says:

    Wow! Beautiful work on the headbands!

  3. Maman A Droit says:

    Thanks! I’m somewhat of a newbie to sewing other than cross-stitch, so picking fabrics always makes me nervous!

  4. melanie says:

    very cute!

  5. Morgan says:

    The Georgia O’Keefe patterns are awesome! I can think of lots of applications for these …

  6. georgia says:

    @Maman A Droit: Most designer cottons will work just fine for this. They won’t fray too much because of the reinforced stitching around the edges. Fabrics that won’t work are ones with a loose weave. If you can see through the fabric, it probably won’t work for this project.

  7. Maman A Droit says:

    Stupid question, but how do I pick a fabric that will not fray so much it falls apart?

  8. Southern Gal says:

    I bought Georgia’s carseat cover pattern last year to recover a seat for my granddaughter. The pattern was super easy. We’ve gotten so many compliments on it. Thanks for the headband tutorial!

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