I was getting a little tired of people saying “what a cute boy you have!” so I decided to make little Ada some comfy headbands. I know you can buy these for cheap, but them seem to pinch her head, plus, mine are cuter.

Materials:
Some old shirts
Hot glue
Optional for wide headband: serger

Depending on your baby’s age, or if they have a abnormally big/small head, you will want to adjust the length you cut your strips, but I think these measurements are fairly accurate.
0-3 months: 12″
3-6 months: 14″
6-12 months: 16″

The Narrow Headband

Step 1: Cut out a strip of fabric from your shirt. For this narrower headband, cut your strip 3″ wide by the length from the chart above for your little one. I made mine 3″x16″.

Step 2: Fold it in half hot dog style with the right sides together. Sew along the long edge.

Turn your tube right side out. Iron the seam to the center of the back.

Step 3: Bring the two ends around to meet each other, making sure not to twist the headband. Stick one of the ends inside the open edge of the other one about 1/2″. Fold the edges of the outside edge under about 1/4″ so that the raw edge is not showing. Now you can sew them in place right about 1/8″ away from the folded edge.

Make a cute little flower to put over the seam. I used my shabby rose tutorial.
Hot glue the flower over the seam. You’re done!
Here’s another variation on this same tutorial. I used my peony tutorial.

The Wide Headband

Step 1: Cut out a strip of fabric from your shirt. For this wider headband, cut your strip 5″ wide by the length from the chart above for your little one. I made mine 5″x16″.

Step 2: With your serger do a tight lettuce edge along both of the short sides of your rectangle.

Fold your rectangle hot dog style with the right sides together. Sew along the long side of your rectangle.

Step 3: Turn your tube right side out. Lay it out flat and fold it in half so that the two lettuced edges are one on top of the other. Sew a gathering (basting) stitch (length 5) about 1/4″-1/2″ away from the lettuced edges.

Pull the strings tight until the fabric gathers into a nice little flower. Tie in place and secure with fray check. All done!