Remember Rosie the Riveter from the 40s? Her headband style has become pretty popular recently as it was back in the day, especially with “rockabilly” style in the 50s. Now, these wrap headbands are quite popular with tons of different styles and patterns. I’ve always avoided headbands like these because I didn’t think I could pull them off, but it seemed like a fun and easy sewing project to try. Plus, my new and smoother hair can do a lot more than my natural frizzy hair could, so I embarked on a sewing project.
This should really only take you up to an hour, but my luck took a bit of a turn during this project when I could not longer thread my sewing machine (sigh). I spent a lot of time on the phone with my mom going “Why won’t it work?!” as if she had all the answers. Moms know everything, after all. It took a lot of fussing, but I got it back up and running and finishing the headband was a breeze.
Now, let’s talk fabric choices before we jump in. You can make a wrap headband with most types of fabric. If you use something thinner like a standard cotton fabric, you’ll want to use a fusible interfacing to give it stiffness. Otherwise, go ahead and continue without it. You can also make one of these Rosie the Riveter style headbands with one pattern or with two or with one solid side and other patterned side. You can also experiment with using a bright or contrasting thread color for your top stitch. Mix it up and make them in a bunch of patterns and colors!
- 1/2 yard of fabric (can use two different fabrics if you want – one for each side)
- Matching thread
- Fusible interfacing (not required for heavier fabrics)
- Sewing machine
- Cutting board and rotary cutter (recommended)
First, decide how long you want the headband to be. With 1/4-inch seam allowances, I recommend cutting 39-inch long, 3-inch wide strips for an adult. Of course, you’d want to adjust the sizes for a child.
I recommend using a rotary cutter for this because it makes it really easy to cut long, straight strips, but you can do the same with scissors. Cut two strips of fabric that are 39-inches long and 3-inches wide. You can adjust these if you want to use larger seam allowances or have a thinner band. Just remember you don’t want it to be too thin or it may be difficult to turn right side out.
Fold each piece in half. Starting with one piece, cut a tapered point into the end of the fabric. Once you’re satisfied with the shape, place the cut piece of top of the other uncut piece, and copy the shape. Make sure all sides have the same shape – this will ensure that everything lines up and stays symmetrical.
Pin the two right sides of the fabric together, leaving the interface facing out. In the middle of the band, place two pins perpendicular to the others to mark the opening where you will not sew. Leave about 1-2 inches of space here to turn your fabric right side out after the rest has been sewed together. Once pinned, start at the opening and sew a 1/4-inch seam all the way around, followed the tapered ends and stop when you reach the other pin marking your opening.
While it’s inside out, cut off the points of your fabric at the tapered ends. This will keep the point from appearing bulky once finished.
Turn the headband right side out through the opening using something similar to a chopstick. Then iron well and tuck the unstitched portion of the band inside, ironing it down so that you can stitch over it afterward. Top stitch all the way around the headband as close to the seam as you can get and you’re done! Wrap the band around your head and tie the top for a cute accessory that you can customize in so many different ways. Happy crafting!