9.03.2010

Braided Headband Tutorial

It's chilly outside here today and I'm loving it! I enjoyed every minute of reaching into the closet and pulling out soft cozy blankets, snuggling up on the couch with my blanket and laptop to check my e-mail this morning... Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of temps below 40 degrees, but a high of 65, I'll take it!

Anyway.... on with the tutorial.  Here is what we are making today!
What you need-
Thick hair tie
Six 1" strips of fabric
Bulldog clip or safety pin
Sewing machine (or needle and thread)
Fabric tac

I ripped my fabric strips so they were a bit frayed on the edges, personal choice.  Clip three strips together and braid. Did I mention this is going to be really easy! Your braids should be about 6 inches short of going around your head.

Tack each end of the braid just enough that it doesn't come undone .
Then tack both braids together on each end, be careful not to twist the braids.
Cut your hair tie so it's one strip of elastic.
Sandwich your elastic ends between the ends of your braids on each end, again, careful not to twist the braids.
Sew over the elastic so that it's secure.  With a scrap of your fabric, wrap the ends of the braids for a finished look.  I used fabric tac for this.
Your done!
Enjoy!

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55 comments:

  1. LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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  2. :) Love this idea. I'm a delurker but never commented before. A lovely way to reuse cloth scraps.

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  3. wow!!!!!!!!! this is great! i am DEF doing this tonight! A glass of wine, some fabric scraps.....and I will be all set! Your ideas are so great!

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  4. Awesome. My tween will love it, and possibly her mama as well.

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  5. Can't wait to try this one with my girls!!! YAY! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  6. So cute...I have to make one this weekend :)

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  7. You have the cutest blog! I am now a follower. Came over through the blog hop.
    http://embellishinglifeeveryday.blogspot.com/

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  8. WOW!!! Love this tutorial! So gonna try this! TY!
    genevieve =)

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  9. Hey Taylor...I did try this tutorial out and it was so easy. I linked up to your post with my own http://www.chase-ingthedream.com/2010/09/i-found-super-cute-braided-headband.html

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  10. Brilliant and so simple! I am totally going to try it this weekend - thanks!

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  11. Too, Too Cute! I can't wait to make some of these.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  12. Thank you for sharing, I tried out the headband this past week for my little girl and now my nieces are wanting me to make them one. I also linked your post to my blog.
    http://lovebugsandmonkeys.blogspot.com/2010/09/hippie-headband.html

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  13. I absolutely love this headband and for sure my niece will also love this, she loves hair accessories so much. I will try this out. Thanks for sharing tutorial.

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  14. Thanks for the tute! It will make a super great gift!!

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  15. Thank you so much... I had a little trouble with the finishing part. I'm from Chile, so i must translate everything and i don't really know what fabric tac is. Made 2 (in one night) the first i tried machine sweing the finishing toches and broke 2 needles, for the 2cond one i used a hot glue gun and came out a little better. any advice for the 3rd????
    Muchas gracias,
    desde chile, TRINIDAD

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  16. Maria-
    I'm so glad you like the project, I'm sorry you have to translate everything. I follow a couple blogs I can't read at all because of the language! Fabric Tac is a fabric glue. It's thick and sticky. Sort of like hot glue but it's not as stiff. Any fabric glue should do the trick. I do prefer the stickier thicker ones. Good Luck!

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  17. This is a really a cute idea- and much better than having to pay $20 at urban outfitters for precisely the same thing! Seriously! So much nicer to make it oneself, and I'm definitely going to give this project a go.

    *Claudia* x
    Molto ❤ Fashion

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  18. When I tried to sew the two braids together with the elastic the fabric was to thick and my needle broke. Do you think that hot glue would work instead?

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  19. Very cute colorful braids! Great creativity!

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  20. Totally just made this! Thanks for the tutorial! I love my new headband!

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  21. I couldn't get the fabric glue to hold so I tied a knot in all three pieces a few inches in. Then I braided it and tied another knot a few inches from the end. Then I sewed a small piece of elastic on the inside of the flat fabric on either end and just folded it around the elastic and it came out great!
    Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

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  22. girl, you need to dye your roots! haha super cute though :]

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  23. This is a great project! We do a lot of recycled t-shirt workshops here in New Orleans, and I think this would be a great project to add to our roster with our t-shirt scraps!

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  24. Hello
    In first thank you very much for your tutorial.
    I'm French and I have a little translation problem, maybe you can help me. Yu speak in "inches" in France we use centimeters. 6 inches = 15 cm. Only, 15 cm it is small and it does not as long as braids on your photos. Have you given the measurements for a band to child or I have a conversion problem?

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  25. Marion,
    I notice I do have a typo there, but it's not the six inches. It should say six inches "short" not sort. So your braid will be the measurement of your head minus 6 inches (or 15 cm).

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  26. Thank you very very much!
    I can be headbands soon this afternoon! My niece saw the photo on your blog and she wants the same, go go go go Marion!

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  27. Wow! I love your post & your blog! I did this head band with old t-shirts and look great! THANKS

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  28. Great project! I just wanted to let you know that we featured this project on our Facebook page with almost 12,000 fans. We’d love it if you’d use our Featured Blogger button, available at: http://www.dailycraft.com/thank-you-for-crafting/. Our audience loved the project and we look forward to sharing more from you. Please let us know if you have any questions or projects you’d love us to feature! Thanks!

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  29. AnonymousJuly 03, 2011

    Just made one and I love it!

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  30. Thank you! :) I just made one for myself and LOVE the result!

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  31. This is adorable! I'm going to make mine tonight. Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  32. Just made one of these ad I love it! Thanks for the awesome idea. I'm going to try and do bracelets like this now as well by tying the ends and ditching the elastic.

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  33. Love the idea, hate the way your camera is in the photos.
    Next time, turn the camera around & look via the reflection in the mirror. You can use your screen to see what you are doing via reflection & ta-da no camera in shot :)

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  34. Great tutorial! I love the raw edge look. I included it in my roundup of fabulous and free headband tutorials and you can check it out here: http://darlingadventures.com/?p=470

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  35. I used a hot glue glue gun for the last part, I found it easier.

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  36. gorgeous... I'm making some and have mentioned you on my blog, thanks for the tutorial !

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  37. I've seen these made out of tee shirts, but I like yours so much better. Way cute!

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  38. Just stumbled upon this...excellent! It was a quick and easy project! you rock!

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  39. Found you on Pinterest. Made one today and it's so cute!! Thank you!

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  40. Thanks!! Just finished this, and it's super cute!

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  41. How long should the strips be?

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  42. This is a great idea!!!! i think i will make some and give them to my friends and maybe even show them how to do it!!!!! Thanks!!!

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  43. I just made one of these...super cute and so fast! Thanks for the tute!

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  44. AnonymousMay 29, 2013

    Width is always mention but never length of fabric needed. Idea of length for adult and a teenager size with braiding..

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  45. Thanks for the idea! I made two yesterday, and they are super cute. My advice: Get 1/4" elastic from a fabric store, cut it the length of a hair band, and use this instead. It's really cheap and MUCH easier to sew than the hair band. Also, I wasn't sure I would like the double braid (thought it would be too wide), so I made my first one with just 1 braid. After making the second with 2, I realized 2 braids is definitely much better (and so I added a second braid to my first one)! It stays in place better and is a better size visually.

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  48. coolio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  49. These would make great gifts for the little girls in my life.

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  50. Just a heads up. Your pictures are not showing up? I'm curious about this tutorial.

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  51. You have a great artist in yourself. You have made a really awesome looking headband. Thank you for sharing a very valuable information to us. I will definitely to create for me as i'm not much creative I know it will not look as cool as you had created. I'll sure update this kind of stuff in my collection soon so you can even earn money for your creativity. Check this website www.gkfashionstore.com for collection of dresses, handbags and footwear products for womens.

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    1. I am so sorry. The site that hosted the pictures left with no notice. I can no longer obtain the photos.

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