October 20, 2010

DIY braided headbands

Okay, you have got to make these headbands. They are super easy and cute!

-2 safety pins for each braid
-6 strips of fabric at about 20 inches long and about 1 inch wide.
-5 inch piece of elastic (Got a pack at Michael's for less than $2.)
-a sewing machine would be easiest but since I don't have one, I used a needle and thread to sew the braids to the elastic.

Six pieces of fabric:

 Step 1. Gather three pieces of fabric and use a safety pin to hold them in place.

 Step 2. Braid the fabric all the way to the bottom and then use the other safety pin to hold it together.
Step 3. Repeat the above steps for the other three strips of fabric.
This is what your braids should look like:

 Step 4. Cut elastic for your headband.
*Note: Everyone's heads are different. So, I measured how much elastic to use for my headband by putting the braids on my head and then measuring how much elastic it would take to fill in the gap (Husband helped there).
 Step 5. Either use your sewing machine and do a straight stitch, or, use some thread and a needle and sew the elastic on top of the two braids.

 Step 6. Using your sewing option, sew the other end of the braids to the elastic. (In the picture below, you can see where I threaded the elastic to the braids.)

Here are some finished headbands!
The smaller one is for my little sister ( to be honest... it was the first one I made and I didn't cut enough fabric. Either that or I just have an abnormally huge head).

Here is what it looks like on! 

I hope this inspires you to make yourself you a cute headband. I am thinking they will be great stocking-stuffers!

You can mix and match any fabrics and it will look cute! The fabrics in the one I am wearing did not go well together at all but I think it turned out pretty well!

Thanks for following!


  1. Loved the headband! But then anything would look cute on you. :-) I am thinking about making them for my nieces for Christmas, so thanks for the idea!

  2. You're so sweet Lindy! They would be great Christmas gifts and they help when you're not having a good hair day!:)