March 19, 2009

Headband aka "serre-tête" :: a tutorial

So, here it is. The tutorial I have been announcing for about a week now. So, I hope you won't be disappointed it is only this: a headband. Right in time for spring!

When we arrived in France, almost two years ago now, one of the first things I noticed - well, not literally of course, but still - were these cute little headbands made out of fabric which all little French girls seemed to be wearing. We got a couple of those and as I was repairing the seam on one of them recently, I realized how easy to make these headbands are. It won't be a huge cost saver to make these oneself, as they tend to be rather cheap. But on the other hand: wouldn't it be nice to accessorize your little girl's new homemade spring outfit with a matching headband?

No tremendous sewing experience is required for this easy project...

This is what you'll need:

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- two rectangular pieces of fabric: a big one of 40cm x 12cm and a smaller one of 20cm x 6cm (seams included) - Note: you might want to change the dimensions depending on the size of the head, the type of fabric you chose and the elasticity of the elastic. The sizes given here, worked fine for my 5 and 8 year olds. Also, you might want to try to make a wider one. I've seen them in a wider version, which is especially pretty with long or very curly hair.
Note: my oldest one tried on this new headband when she got home from school and found it a little tight. Although I used the same dimensions on all of the headbands, I used a different brand of elastic. To avoid disappointment, better cut the elastic a little longer - it's easier to make the headband smaller than the other way around...
- about 12cm of wide elastic
- matching sewing thread
- safety pin and needle pins
- iron
- sewing machine

Step one: Lengthwise, iron in the seams of the bigger piece, folding over the fabric twice (about 7mm). Next, with the right sides to each other fold the smaller piece in two, lengthwise and iron flat. (pic. 2 and 3)

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Step 2: Sew the seams about 5mm from the edge. (pic. 4 and 5)

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Step 3: Turn inside out the smaller piece, using the safety pin (pic. 6). Slide in the elastic, also using the safety pin (pic.7). Secure with pins on both sides and then sew to secure (pic.8).

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Step 4: Fold over the bigger piece as shown in pic. 9, such that its width becomes a little more than twice the with of the smaller piece with elastic. Secure by sewing a couple of stitches near the edge (pic.10).

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Step 5: On one end, put the elastic part on top of the bigger piece, the bigger piece being right side up (pic. 11). Squeeze the elastic part in between by folding over fabric from the sides and secure with pins (pic. 12). Next, sew it closed (pic. 13). Repeat at the other end (pic. 14) - before doing so check one more time for the size!

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And... done! "Une serre-tête" as my girls would say! The result should look like shown in pic.15 and 16. Good luck with it. And please, let me know if you have questions or how they turned out!

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37 comments:

nicole/brussels said...

proficiat , goed gemaakt en vooral degelijk uitgelegd , duidelijke foto's erbij , een Burda waardig en vooral mooie gekleurde stof !

Shannon said...

Love the tutorial! This pattern will be much used in our household. I loved it so much I did a write up on my site. Come take a peek.

jane said...

Thanks for that! I´m definitely going to try to make one. The pictures are great! I always do better with a little graphic help...Have a great weekend!

Gracie said...

i bought a similar headband at a third-world shop here in the states and i love it, i went to make myself one a week ago and i measured the elastic after i had sown on one end and wrapped it around my head to check for fit - stretching the elastic slightly, and then cutting the extra elastic off - -make sense?

Thank you for your tutorial, I winged mine with no pattern or directions - lol

blue moss said...

love it....thanks so much
michelle

Celia said...

I think it's the best headband tutorial I've seen! Gorgeous!

Pascale said...

Thanks everyone for your nice comments!

To Gracie: Thanks, Gracie! That's exactly what I'll be doing for the next one! - I added a little note to the how-to after my 8 year old found the last one a little tight...

luvinthemommyhood said...

You're welcome Pascale. Thanks for a great project!

Rayana said...

awesome!
just what I was looking for!

thank you :)

Hannah said...

WOW how simple...thank you

Lisa said...

This is so great! I can never find headbands I really really like, so this is the perfect way to be sure I'll have one (or two or three...) that I like a lot! Thanks so much!

Joey said...

wow! super cuteheadbandseasy to make instructions

wayfarer said...

awesome. i can't wait until naptime to go make this!

HomeSpun Threads said...

I just made one of these yesterday and I love it. I posted and I'm sending them your way! I love it! Thank you!

http://handmadecreativity.blogspot.com/ said...

Thank you for this tutorial, very interesting.

hair accessories said...

WOW! This headband looks amazing! You’re so smart! Thanks for sharing your tips and pictures :D

Tammy James said...

I made something similar today, thanks for the inspiration!

Lisa said...

I made some for gifts today, and they look awesome! My one question though is how exactly they should be worn. Maybe the problem is that I had my not-yet-3-year-old try on the first and it seemed really wide on her head. So I folded under the sewn edges, like continuing the folds where it meets the elastic, and that seems better proportions. Are the supposed to be folded under like I ended up doing or are they supposed to just be really wide?

I too will be blogging about these eventually too!

Lisa said...

Never mind about my question...I just saw the "announcing" link with the picture. I think the issue is that my daughter has bangs. oh well! The headbands are still awesome!

Pascale said...

to Lisa:
True, the headbands are pretty wide - we had a couple of store bought ones before I made these and they all had different widths. I've seen them even wider - then they become more like a little scarf - the way I would wear them in summer when I was a kid - covering quite a bit of the hair... But as you already figured out you can just adjust to the desired width and make them less wide.

Now, little H. has bangs too. And the way she wears them is by sticking her bangs under it - that way they become very handy when her bangs are a little too long and I don't have time to take her to the hairdresser or to cut them myself. Also, I'd rather have her wear these instead of her cutting her bangs "really short" as she's suggested a couple of times, when growing tired of her bangs. She doesn't seem to get it that you need to outgrow the bangs rather than cut them "really short" when you no longer want any bangs...

I'd better watch those scissors, now that I think of it!! It wouldn't be the first time we need to run to the hairdresser for an "emergency" cut because she had a go at it herself...

Lindsay C said...

I have been meaning to make headbands lately. normally I just make the pattern myself, however this patters tutorial is so great I will use this instead !

Awesome Job !

Chiara Handmade said...

reallu beautiful!Thank you for this tutorial!
Linked in my blog:
http://chiarahandmade.blogspot.com/2010/05/tutorial-dal-web-fasce-per-capelli.html

emery ruth said...

Thanks for the great images of these directions. I linked it in my blog about recycled fashion. reFindRebel.com

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

My 6 year old made one of these for herself with her Granny's help - I just blogged about it - thanks for the tutorial!

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com/2010/07/my-daughters-creative-space.html

Moms.little.one said...

On your picture #4 and #5 the bigger piece. I can't tell if that is the "wrong" side or "right" side?

Stephanie @ Figments of a Mom said...

Somehow I stumbled across your blog. I love it. And my daughter loves this style of headbands. Since I'm just learning to sew I will definitely be giving these a try! Thanks for sharing!

Beetroot said...

Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I just made ten of these. They will go into party bags for my daughter's birthday guests. Thanks:)

Anonymous said...

Would I be allowed to sell these?

kara said...

I've been wanting to make some headbands like these for my daughters...just haven't taken the time. Stumbling across your tutorials helped spur me on. I just made a handful of them and my daughters look so cute. Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Target is sellig these in the jewelry section for $7! I bought one and loved it. I was thrilled to find the directions. I bought several colors of fabric of the fabric quarters and elastic for less than the cost of purchasing one headband at Target. Thanks for the easy directions!

Nanou said...

Thanks for this Nice tutorial ! I was wondering how it could Be done!!! I really love it And will soon try !
Tyvm....

Stärneschyiin said...

♥ Herzlichen Dank! Ein super tolles Haarband konnte ich mit deiner Anleitung machen ♥
Liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz ♥

Rebekah said...

Wow! These are super cute and so easy to make! I just finished making one and I love it! Thank you so much for this step-by-step, easy-to-follow tutorial!

Anonymous said...

¡genial! ¡¡gracias está buenísimo!!

Bernadette said...

I've been wanting to make one of these for my daughter with fabric left over from a top I made her, but I am worried that the headband won't stay in her hair. Do these seem to slip much?

stickypikelet said...

Thanks so much for a great tutorial! Here is my headband - http://stickypikelet.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/polka-dots-and-pretty-pinafores/

Patricia B said...

Great! I'm going to make one for my daughter and one for me and then I'll post a photo!

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