How to Make Scarf Headbands

Written by louise balle
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Retailers sometimes charge high prices for headbands made from cloth that you can easily find at a craft or fabric store. If you want to save money, you can also convert one of your favourite silk scarfs into an attractive headband. When you're finished, you can simply tie the headband at the back of your neck and let it hand down in a fun, relaxed "hippie" style.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Silk-style scarf
  • Sewing kit

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  1. 1

    Measure the diameter of your head where you would normally place your headband --- from the crown to the back of your neck and back to the front.

  2. 2

    Lay your scarf out on a clean table with the right side (the side that you want to show when wearing the headband) facing down.

  3. 3

    Grab the edge of the scarf closest to you and fold it up about 3 inches (or the desired thickness for your headband). Continue folding up until the scarf is in one 3-inch-wide straight line.

  4. 4

    Use the diameter of your head you measured in the Step 1 to determine where to put the first two stitches to keep the headband closed. For example, if the scarf is 48 inches long and your diameter is 36 inches, you would measure six inches from each end of the headband to add stitches.

  5. 5

    For this step, use supplies from your sewing kit. Pull the thread and needle through the back of the headband at the first position you've identified. Sew in the same spot as if you're putting on a button (only without the button) by pulling the needle repeatedly through the same location on the fabric at least three times. Do the same for the other end position you identified in the previous step.

  6. 6

    Place at least two more buttonhole stitches in the centre of the headband. When you're finished, the ends of the scarf headband should fall loose while the middle part of the scarf is sewn closed in four spots.

  7. 7

    Put your headband on and tie it at the back. Let the loose part fall over the left or right shoulder.

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