How to Make a Winter Headband

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Make a winter headband to stay warm while enjoying the outdoors.
Make a winter headband to stay warm while enjoying the outdoors. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

You can make a winter headband from a scrap piece of fleece for a warm and trendy winter fashion accessory. Use a neutral colored fabric for a headband that matches any outfit or use brightly colored or patterned fleece to show off your handmade creation proudly. For a children’s birthday party during the winter, make the headbands ahead of time for special party favors and have the kids decorate the headbands with imitation gemstones, silk flowers or iron-on decals.

Things You'll Need

  • Fleece fabric
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread

Stretch the piece of fleece to determine which way is more elastic. Draw a 5 inch-by-23 inch rectangle from the fleece. Draw the rectangle so the length of the headband is stretchy, not the width. This way, the headband will stretch and contract to accommodate head size and to stay on comfortably. Cut out the rectangle.

Fold the rectangle in half with the good side facing inward, to make a 2 1/2 inch-by-23 inch strip. For a wider headband, make the rectangle in the previous step, 6 inches-by-23 inches and then fold in half.

Sew along the long edge with a straight stitch to join the sides together. The good side should still be facing inward. Sew one short end closed with a straight stitch as well.

Flip the headband to put the good side of the fabric on the outside. Fold 1/4 inch of the open short end inward to make a smooth edge and sew the end closed.

Bring the two short ends together and pin the edges side by side. Sew a whip stitch between the two ends to join them together.

Tips & Warnings

  • When possible, measure the circumference of the headband wearer's head prior to cutting the fleece fabric. Measure around the forehead, over the ears and to the base of the neck. Add 1/2 inch to the circumference and make the fleece this length by 5 inches for a better fitting headband.
  • You can embellish the winter headband in a variety of ways. Hand embroider your initials on the headband or use fabric glue to attach imitation gemstones for a little bit of extra flair.

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References

  • "Sew What! Fleece"; Carol Jessop; 2007
  • "Fleece for Kids: Easy-To-Sew Clothes & Toys"; Mary Vollertsen; 2005
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