Reversible Ribbon Headband Tutorial

This is a quick tutorial to show you how I made Haley’s reversible headband.  I am no expert – so I feel kinda silly putting this online.  Anyway, it’s an easy project that would be good for beginners.   I used some cute owl ribbon and a Jessica Jones ribbon that are 7/8 inch ribbon.  The one I made the other day was  1.5 inch ribbon – just depends on what you like!

What you need:  Head measurement, ribbon, elastic, thread

1.  Measure your daughter’s head all the way around where a headband would fit.  For Haley this was 20 inches.  My children seem to have big heads.  🙂

Subtract 4 inches from this number to figure out the length of ribbon you need.  So for Haley, I cut each ribbon 16 inches long.

Cut elastic 3.5 inches.

(I think you could manipulate these numbers depending on what you have on hand – I wanted the finished head band to be about 1 inch smaller than her head measurement.)

2. Sandwich the elastic piece between the RIGHT sides of the ribbon.

3.  Sew this end shut.

4.  Flip it so the right sides are out and top stitch the ribbon.  Sew as close to the edge as you can.  I did each side separately. Do not go all the way to the end.  You’ll need a little bit of room to tuck the ends under and insert the elastic.

The part where the elastic is inserted is the weakest.  I back stitch over this entire row to be sure it’s secure.  Then I pivot and top stitch the other side.

5.  Tuck the unfinished ends under.  Now you’ll insert the other side of the elastic in between the ribbon.  Secure with a pin and sew shut.  Be sure to back stitch!

6.  Trim all the loose threads.  And you’re done!

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25 Responses to “Reversible Ribbon Headband Tutorial”


  1. 1 Abby December 13, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks! This is great! I love that it’s with ribbon 🙂

  2. 2 Law December 14, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    That is pretty cool. Was it weird taking pictures while sewing? Your 4-H instructors would be so proud!

  3. 3 Melanie December 14, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks. 🙂 I felt really silly doing this! I hope someone can use it and people aren’t just thinking I’m a big dork!

  4. 4 craftapple December 15, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Sometimes (as in this case) the “I can’t believe I didn’t think of this myself” tutorials are the best kind! Very cute!

  5. 5 randomrevelations December 15, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I have to try this one! So cute! And I love her Christmas dress! I just got “the claire” and will be tackling that…soon?

  6. 6 Lia December 16, 2008 at 8:53 am

    These are SO great. What a wonderful tutorial. Thanks!

  7. 7 Kathleen March 1, 2009 at 7:32 am

    OMG, thank you for this tutorial. I love this and think I can do it!!! My daughter who is 3 will adore this! I will be making one today out of test ribbon and then making several real ones for both of my girls and myself as well. Thank you so much!!!

  8. 8 Rachel March 1, 2009 at 9:17 am

    What a great idea, simple and you can make them to go with everything. Thanks for sharing!

  9. 9 Tricia March 2, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Yay for easy headbands! I’m making some today!

  10. 10 Kelly March 3, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Where did you get the ribbon??

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    Thank you for providing these instructions! The girls on my daughter’s soccer team wanted to buy similar headbands for $10 each at a tournament recently. I estimated I could make them for less than $1 each if they would give me one night to do it. If they weren’t pleased with mine, they still had the second tournament day to purchase those there. They turned out wonderfully, thanks in large part to your instructions, and the soccer team is happily sporting two new headbands each – my treat 🙂 Thank you for being willing to share your ideas and instructions!

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    This is an awesome tutorial– and I looked through several as I googled the ribbon headband idea. Well done! I’ll be back 🙂

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