Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Baby Knit Headband DIY

An Easy Step by Step Guide on How to Make a Knotted Knit Headband
Knotted knit headbands are pretty popular right now.  They are all over Etsy and I considered purchasing a couple, but I have so much leftover material from old projects that it would be silly for me to not just use up my own fabric instead.  Most any stretchy knit material will work.  Jeresy is probably best.  If you don't have fabric laying around, you could even re-purpose material from an old t-shirt or pair of leggings.  This is a super easy tutorial.  If you have never sewn anything in you life, this is a perfect first sewing project.
Step 1: Cut out a rectangle of fabric
I made two headbands.  The first was a 20" x 6" rectangle and the second was 23" x 6".  The smaller width is perfect if you are making one for a newborn.  Flora is 3.5 months old with an average size head.  The smaller size still fits her, but probably won't for much longer.  The longer length also worked for Flora with a slightly larger knot, but it also fits Pearl who is close to four years old.  If you want a headband that will fit for a long time, go with 23" or something close to that.  Since the material is stretchy and you are tying it in a knot, nothing needs to be exact.  Don't waste your time trying to make it perfect.
Step 2: Fold your fabric in half and shape the ends
Fold your fabric in half hot dog style with right sides together (the back side of your fabric should be on the outside).  My material basically looks the same on both sides, so that part really didn't apply for me.  Pin it in place if you want.  Then cut your ends either in a triangular shape like above or a half circle like in the image for step 3.  I found either way pretty much looks the same once it is finished and tied in a knot.  Don't worry about perfection.  Just eyeball it, I promise nobody will notice.
Step 3: Sew the headband with a zig zag stitch
Use a small zig zag stitch instead of a straight stitch to sew your headband.  This is important because if you use a straight stitch, your fabric will no longer stretch.  I used a 1/4" seam allowance.  You also don't need to sew the folded edge.  Leave a 1" opening on the straight edge of your headband so you can turn it to the right side when finished.  Make sure to back stitch in that area so your stitching doesn't pull out (see below).  I clipped around the curved edge seam allowance so it would lay nicer once turned.
Step 4: Turn, press, and hand sew opening
At this point, you are almost done.  Pull your fabric through that 1" opening so the outside is now showing.  Press it with your iron and then hand sew your 1" opening closed.
Step 5: Tie it in a knot, duh
You're done!  Now pat yourself on the back and wake that sleeping baby so she can try it on.

Let me know if you try it or have any questions.


  1. This is SO cute!!! I may need to make one for myself :)

    1. Totally, just add a couple inches!

  2. I have a bunch of these tutorials pinned on Pinterest, but actually reading yours here makes me realize I need to do this ASAP! It's such an easy project.


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