If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this picture I posted a few weeks ago about a cute running headband my sweet neighbor made me. It stayed on so well during my runs and workout sessions, I asked her if she had used a tutorial. She said she just made it up based on one someone had gifted her. So I sat down to make myself some and I thought I might as well share a tutorial with you all too!
It actually took me about 3 tries to figure out the easiest way to put these together (trying to sandwich the elastic between the ribbons and sewing all the layers at once was a big, fat fail…too slippery!). Once I finally figured out the easiest way, these were super easy to whip up. The “no-slip” secret is velvet ribbon on the underside! Ideally you’ll buy your outer ribbon and your velvet ribbon in the same width but if you can’t I’ll show you an alternate way to do these with velvet ribbon that’s thinner than your main ribbon (as in the Chevron headband).
I found all my ribbons at Hobby Lobby (and they were 50% off too. Score!)
These headbands are one size fits most.
What You’ll Need:
- Sewing Goodies
- Ribbon (7/8″ is ideal but the Chevron is 5/8″)
- Velvet Ribbon
- Thin Elastic (I used 3/8″ for the 7/8″ wide glitter headbands and 1/4″ for the 5/8″ Chevron headbands)
Let’s start with the 7/8″ wide headband where the glitter ribbon and velvet ribbon are the same width. Cut one 16 3/4″ piece of each ribbon. With wrong sides together fold ends of ribbon in 1/2″ each and pin (as shown in Step 2 of the photo above).
With an 1/8″ seam allowance, sew along the long sides of the ribbon leaving the short ends open so we can add in the elastic in the next step. Make sure you folded the ribbons in 1/2″ on both ends!
Now take a 7″ piece of elastic and insert it 1/2″ into one end of the main headband piece. Sew in place, going back and forth 3-4 times since this will get tugged on a lot when being pulled off and on. Repeat for the other end making sure the elastic isn’t twisted (or you’ll spend some time with your trusty seam-ripper like I did).
And that’s it! Super cute, right?
If your velvet ribbon is smaller than your main ribbon (as in the Chevron headband), then there’s a simple extra step…
Start by cutting two 16 3/4″ pieces of the main ribbon (chevron) and one 16 3/4″ piece of your velvet. Center your velvet over one of the chevron ribbons as shown and sew in place. I sewed along each side of the velvet (as opposed to down the middle). Then you’ll use those two pieces and proceed as you did above starting at step 2.
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