My Cart

Close

Free Shipping on U.S. Orders over $50

Beach Headband Tutorial

Beach Headband Tutorial

Summer has arrived and we are ready for the beach! Whether you are holding your hair in place from the breeze, trying cover-up the top of your head from the sun or in need of a quick, cute hair accessory for wet hair, the Beach Headband Tutorial is perfect for enjoying the lazy days of summer!

The pattern is Fat Quarter friendly. The only materials needed are fabric and elastic. That’s it! We have included sizing for Small, Medium, and Large. AND it is beginner friendly! No fancy skills required. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to create a quick and easy summer accessory.

 

Summer Headband Hair Accessory Tutorial

 

PDF Pattern Download: Beach Headband Tutorial

 

Begin by Gathering Supplies & Materials.

SIZE OPTIONS: This tutorial allows for three different sizing options - Small, Medium & Large

DIFFICULTY: Beginner Friendly! No fancy skills required

MATERIALS: 1 Fat Quarter (18” x 22”) in cotton, poplin or light to medium woven fabric and 1/4 yard of 1” elastic

SUPPLIES: Iron, Rotary Cutter, Mat, Ruler, Straight Pins, Safety Pin, Sewing Machine,

PRIOR TO SEWING: Read all of the directions prior to beginning project.

DIMENSIONS: All dimensions are written in Length x Width.

ABBREVIATIONS: Right Side of Fabric: RSF | Wrong Side of Fabric: WSF

 

STEP 1: Cut Fabric

Main Fabric is the same size for each size option. Cut one Main Fabric to dimensions below.

Main Fabric: 18” x 12”

Select headband size and cut one each of Strap Fabric and Strap Elastic to dimensions below.

Strap Fabric:

Small: 6.0” x 3.0”
Medium: 6.5” x 3.0”

Large: 7.0” x 3.0”

Strap Elastic:

Small: 4.5”
Medium: 5.0”
Large: 5.5”

 

STEP 2: Begin Constructing Headband

Fold Main Fabric in half along long edge with RSF facing each other. With straight pins, mark at 7” and 11”. This will be the space used to turn the headband from the wrong side to the finished side in a later step. Do not sew in this space.

 Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop

Using a 1/4” seam allowance, sew along the pinned long edge. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam to lock in place. DO NOT SEW in marked space.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop

Please Note: For our pictures, we used a contrasting thread so that the seams are more visible in photographs. Match your thread color to your fabric color to hide stitches when creating your headband.

 

STEP 3: Create Band

Fold Strap Fabric in half along long edge with RSF facing each other. Using a 1/4” seam allowance, sew along open edge. Backstitch at beginning and end of seam.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop

Turn strap fabric right-side-out. Iron so that the seam is along one of the long edges.

Place safety pin along one of the short edges. Pull elastic through one of the strap fabric openings.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop

When the elastic reaches the interior edge of the fabric, sew with a 1/8” seam allowance to tack the elastic to the strap. Backstitch at beginning and end of the seam.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop 

Continue pulling elastic through to the other open edge. Tack stitch at edge of fabric using a 1/8” seam allowance. Backstitch at beginning and end of seam.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop 

Place needle down at one of the tacked short edges, 1/4” away from the long edge. Backstitch to hold in place.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop

With the needle down, pull the strap elastic and fabric out until the fabric is straight. Sew with a 1/4” seam allowance to the other tacked edge. You will need to pull the fabric and elastic out straight the entire time sewing.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop 

Flip over and repeat along the other edge.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop

 

STEP 4: Attach Strap to Main Fabric

Fold Main Fabric in half lengthwise with the seam centered. WSF is facing out.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop 

Slide strap into one of the edges so that it is centered along the seam.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop 

Fold over one half of the Main Fabric several times to create 3 to 4 pleats halfway across the strap. Just eyeball the pleats, nothing fancy.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop 

Sew using a 1/4” seam allowance halfway across the strap to hold pleats in place.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop

Repeat on these steps to pleat and sew strap to main fabric on the other end.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop

Finished Pleats Above

 

STEP 5: Finishing the Headband

Turn headband from wrong side of fabric to the right side of fabric by pulling fabric through the opening.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop

Fold open the edges of the gap over by a 1/4” and pin to hold fabric together.

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop

With a 1/8” seam allowance, sew the gap closed. 

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop

 

Congratulations! You Are Finished!

You are ready for the beach! This summer accessory will add personality, function and style to a picnic, barbeque, swim day or any activity you enjoy. Making and wearing handmade items allows you to have a one-of-a-kind wearable that sets you apart. Keep sewing and be creative!

Beach Headband Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop

We created this tutorial to be shared. Sewing is a passion for us, and we love to create projects for our sewing community. Please pass this tutorial on to your sewing friends. If there are any projects you need help with or would like to see a tutorial for, please let us know. It is a joy to work with our fellow sewists and create handmade fabric pieces.

If you make these napkins, please tag us on Instagram @little.fabric.shop so we can see your work and we can share your creativity to inspire other makers. Happy Sewing!

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Connect with our latest news by signing up here.