How to Make Arm Bands

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Things You'll Need

  • Ribbon or cloth

  • Scissors

  • Hot glue or fabric adhesive or sewing tape and a needle and thread

  • Fabric hook-and-loop fasteners

  • Fabric pens and stencils or a stamp pad

Armbands can be used as signs of membership in an organization, agreement with a cause, fundraising tokens, signs of mourning and for many other reasons. They are means for groups to join together and be able to recognize one another quickly and easily. Buying armbands can be an expensive proposition, but making them is inexpensive and not complicated. If you have a group, make it an activity for everyone, and it will take very little time to make to make a large quantity of armbands.


Step 1

Measure the arm of the person who will be wearing the armband. Add 1 inch for the fabric hook-and-loop fasteners. Decide how many armbands you want to make and multiply the length times the number of bands you are making.

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Step 2

Cut the ribbon or cloth into the lengths and widths of the armband you want. Make a few a bit larger for those who have larger arms. You are closing them with fabric hook-and-loop fasteners so if they are too big they can be adjusted.


Step 3

Fold a half-inch at both ends of the cloth or ribbon and seal the fold with hot glue. Use fabric adhesive or sewing tape on cloth. Seal both ends on the seam you folded. Attach the fabric hook-and-loop fastener to both ends. Glue the fastener onto the cloth or you can also sew it in place.

Step 4

Decorate the armbands. Use fabric pens and stencils or a stamp pad made with the logo of an organization.


Do this at a party for a fun craft activity and use glitter, stickers and puff paints.


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