How to Make Headbands and Hair Ties with Fold Over Elastic

Headbands and hair ties are in…everyone is wearing them and LOVING them. They are an athlete’s, dancer and cheerleaders best friend and little girls look adorable in them too! These fabulous hair accessories work perfect for everyone! The Ribbon Retreat has the best selection of Fold Over Elastic around that these great hair accessories are made from and today, Cherie is going to show us the cheapest and easiest way to get yourself some of these wonderful headbands and hair ties in solid, shimmery, and print Fold Over Elastic. Enjoy!

How to Make Headbands and Hair Ties with Fold Over Elastic, The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Fold Over Elastic (FOE) is so awesome!  The name can be confusing as it actually isn’t folded.  It is just soft elastic that is great for headbands and hair ties.  You may have seen this elastic on babies, but girls and ladies of all ages can use it in some way.

Have you seen these hair ties around?  I saw a package of 4 at JCPenny’s for $4.00!  Please don’t pay that much for these beauties! At The Ribbon Retreat we have SO many colors and prints of FOE just waiting to be hair ties! With our price on solid color FOE you could make 9 hair ties for $1.00! That’s $0.11 each!  Printed hair ties would be around $0.14 each.  Now that’s a good deal!!

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Over the Rainbow Gemma Crown Dazzle Square

For a hair tie cut your FOE to 8″.

Solid color FOE is shiny on one side.  That is the right side.

Match up the ends of your FOE with the right side up.

Make a top knot.

Slide the knot close to the end until it won’t go anymore. That is all there is to it! The elastic doesn’t fray so you don’t even have to worry about sealing the ends!
These hair ties are so popular because they don’t crease your hair, they don’t get tangled, and they don’t break! They can hold the thinnest or thickest of hair!

Wouldn’t these make great gifts? How about birthday party goody bags?

Why not make some to sell?  Everyone wants these soft, comfy, non-creasing hair ties!

For headbands you can tie them just like the hair ties or you can glue them.  I prefer glue. I measured my daughters head and made her headbands custom fit to her head. Her headbands were 15″ total length, she’s 4 but very petite.  A guide to go by if you don’t have anyone to measure is:

  • 12-14″ Baby
  • 15 -17″  Youth
  • 18-20″  Adult

If you want to add a Gem (and why wouldn’t you?) 😉 Glue it right where the two ends meet.

The Gem I added to this sparkly FOE is my FAVORITE! It matches everything!

You can never go wrong with Pink!

Any Football fans out there?  I added the gem to the center for a little more Pizzazz!!

For your Princess!

Classic gray.  I want one in my size!

I hope you all had a merry Christmas! Now we can get back to our normal schedules and maybe even squeeze in some crafting time!
Don’t be a stranger to FOE!  It should have a place in all our lives!

Thank you Cherie! Can you believe how cheap you can make these great hair ties and headbands for? $.11?? $.14 a piece?? WOW!!! And seriously, how cute are those gems Cherie uses to dress up those adorable headbands even more?!? These headbands and hair ties are so popular and now you can have one for everyday of the year, for every sporting event you attend or play in, or for every dance recital, lesson or extravaganza you or your little sweetie may dance in! These headbands and hair ties are truly awesome and perfect for dressing up an outfit or for just simply keeping those pesky hairs out of your face.

Do you want to see even more Fold Over Elastic action? This great elastic is so perfect for headbands and hair ties, but it also works in so many other fabulous projects too! Check out these other awesome projects using this fabulous elastic…

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  1. Pat C.
    Posted December 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I love the look of gems on the FOE headbands, Cherie! There can be so much elegance in simplicity.

    Your models are gorgeous! xoxo

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted December 30, 2014 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      Hi Pat! Thank you so much! Aren’t these headbands so fun and the gems gorgeous?!? Thank you again Pat and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  2. Posted December 28, 2014 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I am so in love with these. I never thought to make them. Such a clever idea. My girls will be so happy 🙂 thanks for sharing!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted December 30, 2014 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      Hi Missi! Thank you so much! I am so glad that your girls will love these! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  3. Posted December 30, 2014 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    I really like how easy these are to jazz up! I’d love it if you’d share this at Reviews, Chews & How-Tos this week for our first Awesome Life Friday Link Up

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted January 2, 2015 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Hi Lynda! Thank you so much for your comment and for your invite. I linked up! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

      • Posted January 6, 2015 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

        I’m so glad you came by! Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you’ll come back again this week for Awesome Life Friday!

        • The Ribbon Retreat
          Posted January 7, 2015 at 9:28 am | Permalink

          Hi Lynda! Thank you so much and you are welcome! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  4. Posted January 2, 2015 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    I love the idea to use them as notebook elastics! I recently discovered elastics to keep your binder or notebook closed and these are SO MUCH CUTER! Absolutely love it!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted January 2, 2015 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      Hi Betsy! Thank you so much for your comment! I love elastics as binder and notebook closures too! They are so cute and so helpful! Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  5. Posted December 13, 2015 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    What type of glue did you use for the headband? Thanks!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted December 24, 2015 at 8:58 am | Permalink

      Hi Emmelyn! Thank you for your question. Whenever I make headbands, bows or pretty much any other hair accessory, I use hot glue! Cherie also used hot glue in this great tutorial to create all of her hair ties and headbands. Hot glue works so amazing…just be careful so you don’t burn yourself! Have a great day and thank you for stopping by! Michelle 🙂

  6. judy randolph
    Posted March 29, 2016 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    I love the gems on the hairbands. They look so dressey. Thanks Judy

  7. Rose
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    I love the hairbands. Where did you get the gems? They look gorgeous!

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