We’re sharing some uber-cute baby accessories in a 2-part tutorial series!
Today we’re covering these darling little baby headbands by Danica Willig Designs. (Coming later this week… Baby bunny and bear hats. Stay tuned!) Pictured above: bow headband at far left, knot headband at far right. This tutorial will cover how to make both versions.
If it’s your first time working with knits on a sewing machine, Danica recommends using a ballpoint needle (“jersey” or “stretch” needles are comparable) and setting your machine to a narrow zigzag stitch or reinforced straight stitch (2½-3 mm length). Test on a piece of scrap fabric and lower your bobbin tension if adjustments are needed. Our friend Cheryl at SewCanDo also has some great tips here!
Continue for Danica’s instructions.
Toddler and Baby Headband Tutorial
NOTE: Be sure to cut the headband pieces on the crosswise grain, which has more stretch.
1. Measure your toddler/baby’s head circumference. Subtract 1½” from this measurement; this will be your length. The width of the headband will measure 3″. Cut headband piece at the calculated length x 3″.
2. Cut 3″ square.
3. Prepare the bow or knot for your headband.
FOR BOW: Cut 5½” x 8″ rectangle.
FOR KNOT: Cut two 3½” x 5½” rectangles, then cut off the 4 corners of each rectangle.
1. Fold headband piece in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam. Using a safety pin, turn headband piece right side out.
2. Take the 3″ square and fold in half, right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam. Using a safety pin, turn right side out. This will the tube that is centered above the knot or bow.
FOR BOW: Fold 5½” x 8″ rectangle in half length wise, right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam. Using a safety pin, turn bow piece right side out. Fold both short ends towards center overlapping by a ¼” (not pictured). Stitch in place.
FOR KNOT: Sew knot pieces together with ¼” seam allowance around outer edge, leaving small opening at the bottom center. Turn knot piece right side out. Stitch opening closed.
3. Take headband piece and overlap the raw edges by ¼”. Stitch in place.
4. Place the knot (left) or bow (right) over the overlapped area on the headband. Scrunch and stitch in place.
5. Take the 3″ tube and wrap it around the headband piece. Stitch the edges of the tube together at ¼”.
6. Flip the 3″ loop so the seam allowance is facing inward. Pull the loop over the knot/bow and center.