Back in May when I ran the Broad Street Run, I saw no-slip headbands at the race expo. I loved the idea of keep the hair out of my face and was hoping they’d also keep the sweat out too. I wanted to buy a few but didn’t. They were pricey for me, considering I could sew and make my own.
I’ve made a few now and absolutely love them. The girls especially love to wear them underneath their bike helmets to keep their hair out of their face. Because the underneath part is velvet, they don’t slip off. They work especially well on fine hair.
So here’s what you need to make your very own:
- 1/2″ elastic to match your ribbon (I chose black because I was afraid white would get too dirty.
- Jacquard ribbon or regular grosgrain ribbon (Jacquard looks nicer because it’s woven but it’s also harder to find in stores. I used grosgrain for this tutorial because I always have tons of it around.)
- velvet ribbon
toddler/ preschooler: 14 inches, elastic = 5.5 or 6 inches
adult: ribbon = 18 inches, elastic = 5.5 inches
Since our big girls are 5 & 6 those are the only kid measurements I have.
If you need a different size, here’s how I got them: I took the ribbon and measure if from about an inch below AND behind my ears and across my head. Then I cut the ribbon. I took the elastic and held it with to the ribbon and extended it enough behind my head to see how much I would need to reach the other side. This is tricky and resulted in me dropping them a few times. If you are more agile than me, this may be no problem for you. If you aren’t, you can always ask someone to hold one end for you. Remember, you want the elastic to have to stretch or the headband won’t stay on.
The first thing is lay the grosgrain ribbon down on the table, with the right side up. Next, layer it with the elastic, and the velvet ribbon, right side down. Essentially, the right sides are facing each other. Then sew the edge closed using a 1/2″ seam. You can see in the photo below that I trimmed the edges diagonally so that they won’t peek out when we flip it to the right sides facing out.
Then take the other end of the ribbon and layer it in the same way (grosgrain, elastic, velvet).
You can see how the other end is all bunched up to the right – this is okay. Just make sure that the ribbons are straight and not twisted so they’ll lay flat.
Then sew the other end using a 1/2″ seam and clip the corners as well.
This is what it will look like when both ends are sewn.
Take the ribbon and match the wrong sides together. You’ll be pressing them together with your fingers while the elastic is away from them. Begin sewing along the edge of the ribbon, back-stitching to seal the end. I don’t use a specific seam allowance here. I just try to get close to the edge of the ribbon
Continue to sew all the way to the other end, backstitching at the end. Repeat this on the other side. It’s important to go slow so you can keep the ribbons matched up.
And you’ve finished!
Have you purchased any headbands like these? Do you think you could make them? I bet you could!