Vilene Sewing Club: DIY Fabric Headband
There is nothing more cute than a custom-made accessory and this fabric headband is quick and easy to make – even for stitching beginners!
It made me so happy that so many of the folks attending the Fabric Headband Workshop at the Vilene Sewing Club this year walked away wearing a handmade headband, many of these folks hadn’t used a sewing machine before!
Over the coming weeks I will be sharing the how-to guides for each of the projects that we made in the Vilene Sewing Club Workshops – first up, this fun hair accessory!
So, let’s make a Fabric Headband!
Grab your supplies…
Print Cottons, 110cm x 10cm in two prints – these glorious prints are by Tanya Whelan
Vilene F220 fusible interfacing
Fabric marker, pencil or tailor chalk
Cut the two print cottons into strips measuring 110cm x 10cm
Cut a piece of Vilene F220 to 110cm x 10cm. With an iron set to ‘cotton/wool’ position the adhesive side onto the wrong side of one of the strips of cotton, cover with a slightly damp pressing cloth and use the iron to bond to the fabric. To avoid creating wrinkles, press and hold the iron in place and hold for 10 seconds before lifting and moving to press the next section.
Pro-Tip When bonding interfacing onto fabrics, remove the bonded fabric form the ironing board after fusing and place on a table or flat surface and allow to cool for 20-30 minutes. This allows the adhesive to cool and bond securely to the fabrics, so you wont risk it peeling off as you prepare to stitch!
Position the two pieces together with right sides facing and pin in place. This project is made with nice simple straight seams, so you can work with pins running down the centre of the strip, making it quicker to stitch as you wont have to worry about removing the pins as you work .
With the fabric marker draw on the shaping onto one short end of the strip. Here I have worked ‘bunny ears’ style, but you could mark out an angled point or even a diagonal line if to change the finished look of the headband.
Place the two short ends on top of each other and, using the marked lines as a guide, cut out the shaping on to both ends at one time.
With a straight stitch selected on the sewing machine join the two pieces with a 6mm seam allowance. Begin sewing half way down one of the long sides, working up to the tip of the headband. To create the neat shaping follow the seam allowance to the point of the shaping and stop stitching with the needle down through the fabric, lift the presser foot and pivot the fabric on the needle to position in place to follow the next section of the seam with the same seam allowance. Continue stitching around to the other point in the same manner and down the first side, stop stitching 5-10cm from the start of the seam to leave a gap for turning through.
Neaten the seams around the shaping on to the two short ends by clipping off the point and making small ‘v’ shaped cuts into the seam allowance along the curved sections.
Why ‘v’ shaped cuts? Good question! When turned through the fabric that lies around the seam allowance will become crumpled to follow the line of the curve, which can make the seams bulky. Making small ‘v’ shaped cuts removes some of this excess fabric allows the seam allowance to sit neatly around the interior of the curve, no bulk, no lumps, just neat tidy seams!
Through the small gap in the side seam, draw the headband through to the right side, being careful to neatly press out the points and seam lines fully.
Pro-Tip A knitting needle or a pencil is great for easing out those tricky pointed sections that are too small to get your fingers into – just go steady, you don’t want to break the seams with the point of the knitting needle!
Press neatly ensuring all the seams are set neatly around the sides of the headband. Press the seam allowance along the gap neatly to the inside.
With a straight top stitch, work along the entire length of the headband with top stitching positioned 5mm from the outer edge of the project. The top stitching not only adds a decorative feature to the headband, it also serves the purpose of joining up the gap in the seam, start the line of stitching at the section where the seam allowance is tucked into the gap, starting here will help you to gauge the position of the stitches as this will need to hold the gap closed and secure. Continue top stitching around the entire headband, carefully pivoting on the points for a neat line of stitching.
Tah Dah! Press the headband and it is ready to knot around your head and wear with pride!
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Many thanks to all the companies that supported The Vilene Sewing Club workshops with materials and supplies –
Be sure to check for the next workshop project how-to guide!