One of the best things about checking out DIY tutorials is getting inspiration for other crafts! When Lindz posted up her tutorial on making a fabric covered belt, I thought of a different craft I could use the same materials for: a fabric headband.
This is a really fun and simple craft you could complete in about an hour or two from start to finish, and given the variety of geeky licensed fabric prints out there, there’s really no limit to the number of headbands (or belts!) you can make for yourself and your friends.
Refer to Lindz’s belt tutorial for more detailed instructions, as the basics are pretty much the same when it comes to making a belt or a headband. Because all the details are available in the other DIY tutorial, the steps listed here are going to be quite brief.
- Belt Boning
Measure and cut how much belt boning you want to cover your head – the length may vary depending on the width of the boning. I picked up two widths of boning, 1-inch and 2-inch, but don’t worry if one might be too large, you can easy cut down the boning to your preferred width.
Cut out a strip of fabric and sew it into a tube. Turn it right-side out and insert the belt boning. Again, don’t be afraid to trim the boning if your tube of fabric is too small to fit around the boning. My fabric tube was too small for both headbands I was working on so instead of cutting and sewing up a new tube of fabric, I just trimmed down the boning.
There’s a variety of ways you can close the ends of your fabric tube around the ends of the belt boning. If you want to have very clean ends I would suggest machine and/or hand sewing the ends closed. Because I knew the elastic I was going to attach would cover the ends of the headband, I simply folded over the open ends of the fabric and ran a quick stitch over it.
Measure and cut your elastic. You might mess up here. Honestly for me it was hard to tell how tight I wanted the elastic to be until I’d already sewn it onto the headband. So you might need to seam rip at least once to ensure a good, snug fit.
Or, if you’re like me, make it sparkly! I thought the grey Star Wars fabric was a bit too plain for my tastes, so I slapped on a few red Swarovski crystals to spice it up.
We would love to see any fabric covered headbands or belts you make! So please feel free to send them to us so we can share them. Are there any tutorials we have posted that have inspired you to do a different craft? We’d love to hear about it!