How to make snoods and bun covers

A bun cover is a fabric hair accessory that covers a hair bun, while a snood is a head covering bag that holds your hair and sits just above your forehead. You can make a lacy-looking bun cover in less than 10 minutes or spend just a little bit more time and make a snood for yourself or for a special friend or family member.

Bun cover

Lay a lace doily on your working surface with the wrong side facing upward and measure 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the edge all the way around. You can use chalk to make a light line on the doily to keep track of the measurement.

Cut an 20 cm (8 inch) strip of 6 mm (1/4 inch) elastic.

Thread the elastic onto the end of a needle. Sew the elastic to the lace by inserting stitches through the circular chalk line. The elastic will cause the lace to make a dome shape for the bun.

Remove the needle and tie the elastic ends together. Cut off excess elastic beyond the knot. Apply two or three drops of glue onto the knot for strength.

Flip over the bun cover. Cut a long piece of 6 mm (1/4 inch) ribbon and wrap it around the base of the dome. Make sure the ends of the ribbon are even and sew the ribbon over top of the elastic line to hide it. Tie the ends of the ribbon in a bow and apply a drop or two of glue to the centre of the bow.


Place a pattern for a snood on your choice of fabric. Trace around the pattern piece and cut out the shape. The shape looks like two dome-topped windows, connected in the middle.

Fold the fabric in half to make a single dome-topped shape with the right sides facing inward.

Sew the domed edge of the snood closed. Sew one long edge of the snood closed, leaving a 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) open at the straight, short end. The straight, short end will look like the opening at the end of a pouch.

Fold over 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) of fabric at the straight, short end and sew the fold in place as close to the edge as possible.

Insert a strip of 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) ribbon through the channel created by the 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) fold. Thread the ribbon onto the end of a bodkin and then thread the bodkin through the channel to pull the ribbon through. Turn the snood right side out. Hang your head to gather your hair into the snood and cover most of your head with it. Tie the ribbon to fit the snood snugly on your head.


Instead of a lace doily, you can make the bun cover from a handkerchief or cut a piece of your favourite fabric. You can use velvet, organza, satin or any other fabric you would like for the cover. If you crochet, make the doily from scratch and thread beads onto various places of the doily as you make the bun cover.

Things You'll Need

  • Lacy doily
  • Chalk
  • 6 mm (1/4 inch) elastic strip
  • Needle
  • Craft glue
  • 6 mm (1/4 inch) ribbon strip
  • Fabric
  • Snood pattern
  • 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) ribbon
  • Bodkin
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