Custom Headbands

October 17, 2011 at 10:22 PM 17 comments

DIY Custom Headbands

Is your little girl getting too big for those adorable fussy bows? Do you need something to hold your hair back? Making a custom headband is really quite simple. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Webbing (1.25 inch wide is a nice width)
  • Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Fusible Hem Tape
  • Lighter or Seam Sealant
  • Two ouch-less type ponytail holders to interlock
  • Fabric Hot Melt Glue Sticks (Flexible & Machine Washable) & Hot Glue Gun
  • Matching Thread & Machine

To begin, measure the circumference (distance around) the intended wearer’s head where the headband will sit. This will be your “finished” size, so all of your other measurements will back out of this.

Next, interlock your ponytail holders:

Measure the length of the interlocked ponytail holders. Subtract this number from the circumference measurement above. This new number, plus one inch, will be the finished measurement of the webbing; and, as it stands, the new number for the ribbon & hem tape.

My measurements look like this:

  • Circumference = 21.5″
  • Interlocking Ponytail Holders = 5″
  • Webbing = (21.5 – 5) = 16.5″ + 1 = 17.5″
  • Ribbon = 16.5″
  • Hem Tape = 16.5″

Side Note: All 3 main pieces could be the same length; but, since the ends aren’t visible when worn, I shortened the two pieces in order to decrease bulk when sewing later. Webbing is pretty thick. Also, for a more snug fit, choose to only add ½” (instead of an inch) to the webbing.

After you have cut your pieces to size, melt the raw ends with a quick pass of a lighter, or simply use seam sealant to keep the ends from fraying. Next, layer them: webbing on the bottom, hem tape centered in the middle, and grosgrain ribbon (centered and aligned with the hem tape) on top. With a MEDIUM heat setting, use a dry iron to press the three pieces together.

Now that the three layers are secured together, give them a finished look by topstitching the ribbon to the webbing. Stay near to the edge of the ribbon and try to keep your seam allowance consistent. Remember to keep your needle down when you pivot the piece to go around the corners – stop at the corner (make sure the needle is down), raise the presser foot, pivot the entire piece, and continue sewing.

All that is left to do from here is to attach the interlocked ponytail holders. Simply fold one end of the headband toward the back ½ inch. Tuck one side of the ponytail holders in there, pin, and straight stitch across. Repeat on the other end of the headband, and wa-la! Custom headband.

So, now you’re wondering what the glue gun and glue sticks were for, right? Well, if you have slippery hair, you might want your own little no-slip grip type surface. On the back of the headband, use your glue gun to make one large zigzag pattern down the center of the piece. Let it cool and set.

(This could be done before, or after, attaching the interlocking ponytail holders.)

Now you have an awesome headband, AND it won’t slip out of your hair unless you want it to!

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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Connie Hobbs  |  October 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    This is a great tutorial, Jen!

  • 3. Lisa  |  October 18, 2011 at 6:21 AM

    Love it!! I want one!!

  • 4. Lisa  |  October 18, 2011 at 6:22 AM

    Now make a video of how to make those all tie/ no-sew blankets for Project Linus so I can show my class. 🙂

    • 5. modestmomma  |  October 18, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      So simple! Really? That is a definite “can-do!”

  • 6. Shirley  |  October 19, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Love it! 🙂

  • 7. Peggy Banks  |  October 20, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Love it! Please post this, and anything else you may have,in my link party at



  • 8. Stephanie  |  October 21, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    THis is super cute! Great idea to interlock the ponytails for the elastic part. I bet it is comfortable too. I usually get a headache from the plastic ones…I really want to try this one out!

    • 9. modestmomma  |  October 24, 2011 at 8:48 AM

      Thank you, Stephanie! It is comfortable…you’re going to love it!

  • 10. Lindsay  |  October 23, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Such a simple but absolutely fabulous idea! I bet it feels a lot better on the head than most headbands! Thanks for sharing this @ Show & Share! I love having you here!

    • 11. modestmomma  |  October 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM

      Thank you, Lindsay! Yes, this is the headache-free headband. 🙂

  • 12. Christina  |  October 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Visiting from Tatertots&Jello. I love how this headband isnt one of those kind that end right above your ears and just hurt! This is really cute, great idea!

  • 14. Jami  |  October 24, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Great headband! So glad you linked up to the Tuesday To Do Party!

  • 15. Cassandra  |  October 24, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Just Lovely! My 10 yr old will love this… and she could make this her self! Thanks for sharing 🙂


    • 16. modestmomma  |  October 25, 2011 at 1:11 PM

      Thank you! I’d love to see what she makes!

  • 17. Carlee  |  October 25, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    This turned out great. Thanks for the detailed instructions! Guess what you are chosen to be my blog of the week for next week! Email me or leave a comment on my blog, and I will give you more details!



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