How to Make a DIY Headband

How to Make a DIY Scarf Headband

DIY scarf headband with accessories
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This smart little project is the perfect meeting of form and function! Not only is it on-trend and adorable, but this DIY headband is a great solution if you find that hair scarves always slip off of your head. You can create the look of a scarf with the hold of a headband—brilliant! Get together with friends for a "crafternoon" and you can each create one that's personalized to your liking.

Gather Materials

Materials for making a DIY scarf headband
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Start by gathering your materials. As you're looking for fabric, consider any scraps that you may have in your crafting supplies. You can also use an actual scarf instead of fabric, and turn your favorite one into a headband that's easier to wear. Consider color and texture. The fabric shouldn't be too thick or stiff as it won't conform well to the shape of the DIY headband.

Supplies Needed:

  • Fabric or scarf
  • Plain headband
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery thread

Cut Fabric

Fabric for a DIY headband
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Start by cutting your fabric. You'll need a strip that's about 3 inches wide by about 22 inches long.

Lay Fabric Flat

Headband with fabric
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Next, fold the fabric in half lengthwise. Place the headband in the fold at the halfway point. Before moving on, it's important that you make the fabric lay flat on the underside of the headband. Otherwise, you'll feel it pressing against your head when you wear it, and it will also create a gap between your head and the headband. So ensure that the fabric is flat and smooth on the underside of the headband to prevent the final project from feeling off.

Knot Fabric

Fabric knotted around a headband
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Once your fabric is laying nice and flat against the headband, tie the two ends of fabric into a single knot, with the knot showing on the top of the headband. You may need to manipulate or twist the fabric a bit to get the shape that you like for the knot. You'll also need to make sure that the fabric emerges from the knot with the right sides facing up.

Prepare Glue

Fabric being glued onto a headband
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Heat up your glue gun and run a thin strip of glue along the side edge of one side of the headband.

Apply Glue to Fabric

Fabric being glued onto a headband
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Begin glueing one side of fabric down along that strip of glue. Fold the unfinished edge under so that it's tucked in and won't show any fraying. You may want to do this step in sections of one to two inches at a time to make sure that the fabric doesn't get bunched or messy. Repeat this process with both sides of fabric and on both the front and back of the headband.

Finish Ends

Finished ends of a DIY headband
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Once all of your fabric edges are glued down, trim the ends so that there's an excess of about 1 1/2 inches beyond the end of the headband. Fold the end of the fabric as though you are wrapping a present, and make an extra fold in on itself to hide the unfinished edge. Glue these ends down on the inside of the headband.

Wrap Thread

Thread wrapped around the end of a DIY headband
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For a little extra security and a fun detail, wrap a section of embroidery thread around each end of the headband. Place a dot of glue on the inside of one end of the headband, sink the end of the embroidery thread into the glue. Then let it cool. Following this step, wrap the embroidery thread around the headband over and over until it feels secure. Glue the other end to the back of the headband as well, and trim any excess thread. Repeat this on both sides of the headband.

Wear It

Woman wearing a DIY scarf headband
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Accessorize your favorite outfit with your new DIY headband! There's a world of possibilities when it comes to styling your looks with different headband materials.