How to Design Sweatbands

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How to Design Sweatbands
Endless designs are available to the DIY sweatband maker. (exercising image by Cherry-Merry from

Design your own, personalised range of sweatbands in a variety of colours. Use the same design on each sweatband, or vary the design from piece to piece. Wear your sweatbands at the gym, give them as gifts, or sell them as part of your business. Create a simple, trial, rough-cut sweatband before spending time on the design to ensure you get the most out of your materials and do not waste time on a sweatband that doesn't fit or work properly.

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Things you need

  • Terry towelling, fleece or nylon strips
  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Fabric scissors
  • Ready-made customisable sweatbands
  • Computer design program or sketchbook
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Iron-on transfers
  • Iron
  • Fabric paint
  • Small paintbrush

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    Select the material you feel will perform best for a particular function. Choose a lightweight, absorbent, comfortable material such as a Terry towelling for sweatbands that will be primarily used for exercise. Nylon and polyester are alternatives that can be used for fashion sweatbands. Fleece is warmer but still absorbent, so it can be used to adapt a sweatband for cold-weather sports. The Wristbands website offers a range of sweatbands in different colours with an 80 per cent cotton, 20 per cent elastic mix. To design sweatbands on a budget, use old fabric, such as socks or strips of an old sweater, or purchase plain, ready-made sweatbands from a reputable store.

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    Make a test sweatband before you begin any detailed designing or creative steps, to find out if it functions as you would like it to, with high absorbency and a decent fit. According to BMX Shop, a high-performance sweatband should keep the sweat and dirt from your eyes during physical exercise.

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    Ensure the material you use is elastic, or sew in your own elastic strip when you have created the basic design.

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    Use flexible measuring tape to measure the length of material you will need to create your range of sweatbands. Aim for a 2-inch-wide band for optimum performance.

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    Cut the required number of fabric pieces, taking into account the difference in length of elastic materials when stretched. Draw each piece into a circular band and sew the two ends together with minimal overlap. Use a fray-resistant straight-stitch.

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    Sketch out or use a computer drawing program to create additional design and decorative elements, prior to adding decoration to the basic sweatband. If you are manufacturing sweatbands for a business and you need to maintain the integrity of your business logo, use a computer program to ensure logo accuracy.

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    Customise your sweatbands by adding the design of your choice, such as your company logo, to the basic structure. Stitch the design using a needle and thread or, if you have sewing machine skills, using a machine. Some sewing machines will allow you to create a design electronically and embroider that directly onto the project. Make sure you select the right colour thread for your individual project.

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    Add iron-on transfers for a different look and feel. Alternatively, paint a design onto the fabric directly using fabric paint and a small brush. Liquitex Professional Grade Acrylic is the most permanent fabric paint and can be used on Terry towelling, cotton, flannel and most synthetics, according to Rex Art.

Tips and warnings

  • Take care when using hot irons and electric sewing machines. Hot or moving components can cause injury when incorrectly handled.

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