Vanessa from Punkin Patterns is up today with a new fat quarter project for this sweet, scalloped headband. Vanessa shared the Insulated Picnic Tote in our Summer Sewing series last year. Take a look at her introduction, and note that Vanessa now has her PunkinPatterns shop open for business; she’s currently working on her second pattern for a handbag and she’s super-excited about releasing it later this month.

I love headbands, especially in the summer. They’re so easy to throw on and you’re out the door– No fuss, no muss. Here’s a simple tutorial for a scalloped headband that I hope you’ll like as much as I do.

You’ll need:

  • 8″ of 1/2″ wide elastic
  • Piece of fabric 18″ x 7.5″ (you can make a few from one fat quarter)
  • Freezer paper
  • Scalloped Headband Template
  • Light-weight interfacing (optional)

Print and cut out your Scalloped Headband Template. Notice that the straight sides both are marked “FOLD.” The template is 1/4 of the pattern. To make your full size pattern, you’ll need to take a piece of freezer paper (at least 18″ x 7.5″) and fold in half lengthwise, then fold in half the other way. Place your template on top, lining up the two folded edges with the “FOLD” lines on the template. Trace the template and cut out your pattern. Unfold and set aside.

Take your 18″ x 7.5″ piece of fabric. Iron it flat and with the right side facing up, fold up 1/2″ along the long edge (the 18″ edge) at each end and iron in place. Note: If you’d like a stiffer headband, add some light-weight interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric before you begin.

Bring the two folded edges together in the center and iron in place. Don’t worry if it’s not exactly in the center.

Take your pattern (that you’ve made out of freezer paper) and iron in down with the center of the pattern roughly on the center line of where your folded fabric meets.

Sew carefully along the scalloped edges (leaving both of the ends open).

Use the freezer paper as your guide. If you go slowly, it works really well.

Trim the extra fabric and cut darts in the scallop wells to make it lay flat when turning.

Turn the fabric right side out and using a chopstick, get all the scallops looking nice. Iron flat.

Open the ends of the headband and fold up. Insert the elastic about 1/2″ in and fold it back up. Pin in place. Pin the rest of the headband back together with the raw edges hidden.

With the machine, secure the elastic in place sewing a straight stitch back a forth a few times.

Finally, hand stitch up the opening on the inside with a needle and thread making sure to not sew all the way through to the front of the headband.

To make a smaller version (for a child) simply decrease the length of elastic used. You may also want to make your template a little thinner by trimming away at the long “fold” side.

Happy Sewing!