How to Make Glitter Sports Headbands

Use glitter headbands as an alternative to braids.
Use glitter headbands as an alternative to braids. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Glitter sports headbands are popular hair accessories for young female athletes, particularly those who play softball and soccer. Such headbands are comfortable while keeping hair strands out of players' faces. Online sports shopping sites often provide team discounts for glitter headbands as well as a variety of headbands including sequined and double headbands. Create your own version of glitter sports headbands for your athlete daughter and her team, or make a variety of headbands to sell at sporting events.

Things You'll Need

  • 15 inches of 7/8-inch grosgrain ribbon
  • Glitter glue and glitter
  • 15 inches of 3/8-inch velvet strip
  • 5 inches of coated elastic
  • 3/8-inch grosgrain ribbon in two 2-inch sections
  • Pressing cloth
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Use a hot glue gun to glue the velvet strip to the back of the 7/8 -inch grosgrain ribbon. The velvet helps keep the headband in place while it's being worn. Glue the strip on a section at a time to avoid a gooey mess.

Machine stitch or use a needle and thread to attach the coated hair elastic to each end of the headband. Overlap the elastic about an 1/8 or 1/4-inch over the headband. Use any stitch method you wish so long as the elastic is attached securely. Knot the thread, and trim it with scissors.

Cover the seams you have just sewn with the 3/8-inch sections of grosgrain ribbon. Attach the pieces around each seam with your glue gun.

Apply glitter glue to the front of the headband. Use one glitter shade or multiple glitter shades depending on preference. Allow to dry before wearing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Satin, print or patterned ribbon may also be used to create glitter sports headbands.

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