Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Headband Restyle DIY

We have all bought those multi-pack of headbands that come with a few undesirable colors... or have some headbands that just plain need updating. I know I do, and with a trim drawer that is busting at the seams, I thought... what better way to put these things to good use?  I thought I would share how I did it, even though I'm sure you've done it before! 

You will need:
- A stack of headbands
- Scissors
- E-6000 glue/ hot glue gun (it is easier with the glue gun, but I feel it looks clumpy)
- Needle and thread
- clips/pins (to hold things in place until they dry)
-All the fun trim and bias tape you have hoarded away :)

Basic trim update!
1. Cut the trim so that you have about a 1/2 inch hanging over on each side. (If you use trim that will unravel, cut it to fit and use ribbon to secure the ends).
2. Lay a thin layer of glue around the headband. (If you are using E-6000 glue, let it set for just a minute so it will be more tacky when you lay the trim over it).
3. Lay trim over glue, making sure to leave the 1/2 inch overhang on each side.  
4.Place a small dab of glue on the inside, and fold over the extra 1/2 inch on each side. 
5. Place clips on the end and let dry.

Wide lace (trim) update!
1. Again, cut the lace so that you have a 1/2 inch excess on each end.
2. Glue the 1/2 inch excess on one end and clip it in place.
3. Center lace all the way over the headband and tack the excess at the other end. Make sure everything is tight as you don't want bumps and wrinkles. 
4. Fold over side excess and glue at both ends so that it starts to shape to the headband. Clip it to secure.
5. Lay a thin layer of glue around the inside of the headband and fold over the excess on each side.
6. Let it dry!

Bias tape update!

1. Cut bias tape to allow for a 1/4 inch seam allowance at each end or enough to turn under and sew.

2. Turn inside out and pin. 

3. Sew down the seam. (You can easily do this by hand)

4. trim excess and iron flat.

5. Turn it inside right.
6. Turn under and sew the ends shut.

7. Open a small area in the seam (near an end) and slip in your headband.

8. Sew the tiny opening shut and you're done!

9. (optional) Make a bow out of the scrap and attach it.

If you have any questions please ask... and if you make one i'd love to see it!


  1. LOVE this tutorial! Great job. I think the little bow is adorable!