Football Headband DIY (Free Pattern)

Football Headband DIY | happy together
It’s that time of the year for football and I decided to whip up a football headband and see how it turned out. Fortunately it came out cute! It’s created using my free double sided headband pattern (which is in kid and adult size) with the simple addition of some hand embroidery. It also doesn’t take long to make at all. These would be fun to wear to football games or on game days at home. I made mine simple, but you could add a team fabric or colors for the back part that covers the elastic.

Football Headband DIY | happy together To make a football headband you will need:

  • Free Double Sided Headband Pattern PDF printed out (see here for download)
  • 1/4 yard of brown fabric (or fabrics of your choice)
  • Scissors
  • Elastic (Adult size: 5.5 to 6 inches of 1/2″ or 3/4″ elastic [this can be adjusted if needed], Kid size: 5.5 to 6 inches of 1/2″ or 3/4″ elastic)
  • Iron
  • White Embroidery Thread
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Safety Pin
  • Sewing machine and accessories

Football Headband DIY | happy together
Start by cutting out all of your fabric pieces. You will have two of each part.

Football Headband DIY | happy together
Prepare your needle and thread to sew on the football lines. I like mine thicker, so I loop it and knot the ends together.

Football Headband DIY | happy together
Sew one line straight across. I wanted my “football” to be more on one side, so I made this line 1.75″ from the bottom. If you have enough thread, go to the next step. If not, knot it and trim the excess and rethread your needle.

Football Headband DIY | happy together
Now sew a line in the middle. I made mine 2″ long, but you can make it longer or shorter depending on preference.

Football Headband DIY | happy together
Next, sew the lines that go across that one (I made 6) and then sew on one more straight line across. I made that one the same distance between as the other one. Knot the thread and cut off the excess.

Football Headband DIY | happy together
Now place the two top pieces right sides facing and sew down the sides. Do the same for the elastic cover pieces. Turn both of these right side out.

Football Headband DIY | happy together
Iron both.

Football Headband DIY | happy together
Attach the safety pin to the elastic and pull through the cover. Once the non-safety pin side is right at the fabric edge, hold it in place and sew. Then remove the safety pin and sew that end as well. Just make sure the elastic is even with the fabric edges on that end as well.

Football Headband DIY | happy together
Turn the ends of the headband in just enough so no raw edges show. Iron.

Football Headband DIY | happy together
Place one end of the covered elastic in an opening and sew in place. I just put it in far enough to cover the seam from the step two pictures above. Then push the fabric in on the other end of the elastic and sew that side in the last opening. Pull elastic to even out the fabric cover and you are done!

Football Headband DIY | happy together Football Headband DIY | happy together Feel free to share your happy together creations on the facebook page or on social media using #happytogetherbyjess and tagging me. Happy sewing! -jess

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6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
I have been making a handful double sided fabric headbands lately and wanted to share a few ways you can style them. Sometimes it can be hard to envision how something might look unless we have a good visual of it so here are six ways that you can wear this headband. If you have styled your headband a different way, please share! You can link here in the comments or tag me and use #happytogetherbyjess on social media to share. A big thanks to my friend Dorothy for modeling for me!

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 1.
Let’s start with the wrap around way pictured above. It’s really easy to do.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Tease the top back of your hair if you like for a little added oomph. Put the headband on like in the picture above.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Starting with the hair closest to your face, wrap over the headband. Keep adding more and more hair as you wrap it.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Once it is all wrapped, fuss with it a bit to get it nice and even if needed and use bobby pins to hold stray hair in place.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together 6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 2.
You can do the hair wrap around with just the top half of your hair for a slightly different look.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together 6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 3.
Adding a headband when wearing your hair up in a bun takes that bun to a new level. A better level. This is great for those days when your hair might not be at the top of its game, but you want a little more than just a plain ol bun.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 4
. Add a headband to your ponytail style!

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together 6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together 6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 5.
Braids are still super in right now and you can add a headband to many of the styles. I did a simple dutch braid (which is like a reverse french braid) on my friend. As you can see, my braiding skills are not the greatest, but I’m working on it haha.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 6.
Plain and simple. Wear it with your hair down. Pull out some hair in the front for a side swept bang look (even if you don’t have long bangs you can do this).

Be inspired as you wear your headband now and if you haven’t made one yet try one out. There is an adult size and a child size pattern available.

-Jess

Free Kid Size Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern Now Available

Free Kid Size Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern | happy together
I know I know…. It took me more than three years to do this!!!! haha But, I did. I designed a free kid size pattern for the Double Sided Fabric Headband, which is one of my most popular posts on this blog. You can go download the pattern here and follow all the same instructions as the adult size one, except for #9. These would make great presents (you know, Christmas is coming up! Hello stocking stuffer!). And they are also great little stash busters. -Jess

Free Kid Size Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern | happy together J: “hey miss E.”

Free Kid Size Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern | happy together J: “This is crazy, but mom finally made that headband pattern for us!”

Free Kid Size Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern | happy together E: “Say what?!?!? That’s AMAZING!”

Free Kid Size Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern | happy together J: “I know! I love you little sis.”

Free Kid Size Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern | happy together Free Kid Size Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern | happy together
You can also now see 6 different ways to style these headbands! Share your creation #happytogetherbyjess Happy sewing! -Jess

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together

Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern

Hello blog world! It’s been a busy weekend! I hope all you Americans had a fabulous 4th of July. We had friends stay with us, a cookout, and my friends even had a baby shower for me. All the hustle and bustle really took a toll on my body though. I’m packing my hospital bag tonight because last night I thought we might be making an early trip (still a few weeks to go….but you never know). Now, it wasn’t that bad, but it was bad enough to make me think I need to have everything prepared. A BIG THANK YOU to my hubby for a ton of back rubs :)

I have this list of “blog” things I’m trying to finish up before baby E comes, so let’s see how I do.

I’m starting with this one: Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern. I had so many ask about how I made the ones for my daughter’s teachers that I digitized the pattern for all of you to use and wrote up instructions.

Simple

You can make simple ones

Lots of fabrics

or more elaborate ones. I made these with leftover pieces from my daughters quilt.
Are you ready to make one of your own?

What you need:
-Download adult size here: Free Double Sided Headband Pattern | happy together  {there’s a 1 inch line on it to make sure it’s printed the correct size for you}
-Download kid size here: Free Kid Size Double Sided Fabric Headband Pattern | happy together
-Fabric for the headband and elastic cover
-Adult size: 5.5 to 6 inches of 1/2″ or 3/4″ elastic (this can be adjusted if needed)
-Kid size: 5.5 to 6 inches of 1/2″ or 3/4″ elastic (I used 6 inches on the ones I made for my girls, ages 3 and 7)

Notes:
-Always back stitch at the beginning and end of sewing, unless otherwise stated.
-Seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.
-Kid size will be made the same way except the elastic casing is so small that there is no need to do step 9.

1. Once you print out your pattern, cut the pattern pieces out. *Please note that pattern has now been updated and will look a little different when printed*

Pattern pieces

2. Cut out two pieces for the headband, making sure the pattern piece is on the fabric fold.

3. Cut out two pieces for the elastic cover (if you make your elastic piece longer, increase the length of these pieces as well). Again, make sure the pattern piece is on the fabric fold.

 

4. Cut your piece of elastic to be 5.5″ long.

5. Place the a headband fabric piece and elastic cover fabric piece down, right sides facing up. Then place the second pieces on top of them, right sides facing down. Make sure to match up the sides and pin together.

6. Sew down the sides of the headband and the elastic cover.

7. Turn each piece right side out. I do this by attaching a long piece of yarn to a safety pin.

Then I slide the safety pin through the what needs to be turned

and then pin one side of the end.

Tuck in the end that has the safety pin a little

and then pull the yarn on the other end and it will be right side out.

8. I use a long stick to push out the seams from the inside and then iron, but you can just iron each piece if you like. I just don’t like the fabric overlapping on the sides too much.

9. Now take the elastic cover piece and sew down each long side. This creates a middle casing for the elastic. *THIS step is NOT needed on the kid size one.

10. Add a safety pin to the end of the elastic and start to slide the elastic through the elastic cover. Make sure to stop before the end without the safety pin is inside.

11. Once the side without the safety pin is at the opening, sew it in place so it won’t go anywhere.

12. Continue to push the safety pin through the casing until the other end of the elastic is at the other edge. Sew that in place as well.

13. On each end of the headband piece,

turn in some so no raw edges are showing.

14. Slip in the elastic band until the place where you sewed is no longer visible and sew in place.

15. Repeat #14 on the other side.

16. Top stitch the sides of the headband part if desired (I sew closer to the edge than 1/4″).

They are simple to make and if you plan it well you can whip up a bunch at the same time assembly line style like. Then you have a bunch for yourself or gifts for the ladies in your life :) Most of these will probably be Christmas presents. Great, huh? And it’s only July!!!!!

Don’t forget to check out 6 ways to style your headband too.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together

If you make some, share by tagging me in social media and using #happytogetherbyjess, in the flickr group or on the fb fanpage

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