Ruffle Fabric Headband

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Hello again Ribbon Retreat. It’s Michaela from Covered in Mod Podge back to share a quick scrap busting tutorial!

My nearly three year old’s hair is a mess. It’s thin and mostly curly. She hates having it brushed and it knots in two seconds flat. I’m always looking for ways to tame the wild that is her hair. These ruffled headbands are just the ticket. Between the elastic and the two fabrics, the color combinations are limitless. They require so little fabric that these ruffled headbands make great scrap busters!

Grab some scraps, some elastic, and get set to make a bunch of these little cuties!

For one headband, you’ll need:
12-18 inches of elastic, depending on the kiddo you’re making it for
Two coordinating fabrics {scraps or fat quarters are perfect}
Rotary cutter/mat
Sewing machine {you could hand sew these too!}
Hot glue/gun

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Start out by cutting your fabrics. I played around a bit and found I liked the bottom fabric to be 8 inches by 3 inches and the top fabric to be 7 inches by 2 inches. If you’re making a headband for a newborn I’d have the bottom be more like 6 inches by 2.5 inches. Play around and see what sizing you like. I cut my fabric using my pinking sheer blade on my rotary cutter. I like the scalloped look and this should reducing fraying.

Ruffle Fabric Headband - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Center your top fabric on top of your bottom fabric, right sides up for both fabrics. Sew a ruffle stitch straight down the center of your top fabric. For ruffling fabric on my sewing machine, I set my stitch length as long as it will go and my tension as tight as it will go. Don’t back stitch and leave extra thread and the beginning and end for fussing around with your ruffles. If you have a ruffle method that works better for you, go ahead and used that!

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Spread the ruffles out evenly.

Now, cut your elastic to size. Here’s a size chart from My Four Misters and their Sister. Cut the elastic about 1/2 inch longer than the chart suggests. You can always measure the head of your kiddo. For my big headed nearly three year old I cut 18 inches.

Ruffle Fabric Headband - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Line up the ends of your elastic with right sides of the elastic touching. Sew a zig zag or other stretch stitch multiple times for strength. Sew this stitch about 1/2 inch in.

Ruffle Fabric Headband - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Trim to the edge of your stitch. Flip right side out and you’ve got yourself a headband.

Ruffle Fabric Headband - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Find the top/middle of your headband {opposite of the place where you joined your headband}. You’ll start attaching your ruffle slightly off centered. I used hot glue and stretched slightly as I went. I liked the idea of having a clean elastic without stitching. If you’d prefer to sew your headband on, go for it. Just make sure you stretch the elastic as you sew.

Ruffle Fabric Headband - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Here’s the specifics on fabric/elastic I used:
Left: Hexi Print in GirlGingham in Aqua3/8th in. glittered elastic in Iridescent

Middle: Sunnyside in Aqua Cloud BurstSmall Chevrons in Navy/WhiteFold over elastic in Light Blue

Right: So Happy Together in Multi StripeSmall Tonal Dots in Hot PinkFrosted elastic in Shocking Pink

Ruffle Fabric Headband - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Go make your self an army of these cute little ruffled headbands. They’re perfect for taming the toddler hair mess! They also are just darn cute on itty bitties!

Ruffle Fabric Headband - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanks so much Ribbon Retreat for having me back. Until next time, come check out Covered in Mod Podge!


Do you have piles of scraps taking up valuable work space or storage space in your craft room? Are you constantly looking for cute, creative and fun projects to do to utilize those scraps? I personally love projects using scraps like scrappy quilts, table runners, burp clothes…to name a few. Making fun projects like those make me feel a sense of excitement when I see my scrap pile decreasing ever so slightly! Today Michaela from Covered in Mod Podge is showing us one way she prefers to use up her scraps by making her cute little lady adorable Ruffled Headbands. These headbands are full of personality and are so unique.

If only my sweet little 16 month old would keep ANYTHING on her head, she would have one of these made in every scrap combination I could find in my scrap pile!” LOL! Someday she will let me put cute things in her hair again and on her head…right?!? These are way too cute…if you are my neighbor, friend or family member and have a little girl…or a big girl…beware, you will be getting one in every color.

Thank you Michaela for sharing these fun headbands with us and for sharing your incredible talent for creating cute, cute crafts! Be sure to visit Michaela at Covered in Mod Podge for more innovation inspiration!

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2 Comments

  1. S tella
    Posted August 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    These are beautiful! Thanks for the Tutorial

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

      Hi Stella! Thank you, and you are very welcome! Aren’t these headbands so much fun?!? Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle :)

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