diy fabric headbandWhat’s your favorite hair trend this season? For me, it’s a tie between large beaded clips and headbands.

I love that headbands are back in style. I’ve always gravitated towards headbands, and I’m not going to lie, this style brings back great memories with friends throughout the years.

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But this time they’re back, with a slight twist. The go-to accessory this season is large, bold, and bright. (Thank you Kate Middleton – and I’m sure others too!)

There are many different styles of headbands, but in this tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can use fabric scraps to create a beautiful basket weave headband.

If you sew, you probably have a decent amount of fabric scraps left over in your stash. Usually, there isn’t much you can do with it, but I hate throwing it away. I spend too much time mulling over fabric patterns, colors, and always think I can find some use for it down the road. If you resonate with this, I’ve found the perfect project for you!

What Materials You Need to Make a Basket Weave Headband

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  • 1 spoon of ribbon
  • 1-2 inch headband
  • Fabric glue (or a hot glue gun)
  • Matching thread
  • Scrap fabric, or a ¼ yard of new fabric

How to Prep Your Scrap Fabric

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  • Cut your fabric in 1.5-inch sections.
    • Note: It doesn’t matter how small they are because most ends will be covered up in the braid.
  • Next, pin and sew them together and create a long strip of fabric. You can either sew the scrap pieces of fabric together along the edges or like you would when making bias tape.
  • Fold the fabric in half, right sides together and sew with a 1/4-inch seam allowance
  • Next, turn your fabric right side out and press, and put aside.

How to Prep Your Headband

Option 1: If you purchase these headbands, you can skip this step
Option 2: Wrap your headband with ribbon by following the steps below

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  • Add glue to your headband and slowly wrap the ribbon around the headband to secure it in place. Tip: go slow to help reduce any bumps or gaps
  • Once you’re done add a clip to both ends of the headband while the fabric glue dries. Set aside while you work on your headband braid.

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How to Braid and Attach Your Fabric to Your Headband

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  • Place the five pieces of fabric on top of each other and sew a stitch along the top to keep them in place.

Next weave the fabric in and out to create a 5-strand or basket weave braid. (Follow the steps below or watch the video)

  • Start by taking the outer fabric on the left-hand side and weave over and under the fabric strands
  • Next, repeat the step above with the outer fabric on the right-hand side of your braid.
  • Repeat the steps above with the outer fabric on the right-hand side of your braid.

  • Continue to braid until you’ve reached the end of your fabric.
  • Now you’re ready to attach your braided fabric to your headband, which you can do three different ways:
    • Glue your braid to your headband with fabric glue or hot glue. (Make sure to clasp the braid and headband together while it dries)
    • Attach the braid by stitching it to the fabric or ribbon of the headband.


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  • To finish the ends of the headband, cut a small piece of ribbon and wrap it around the ends with glue. Clasp and let the glue dry.
    • Optional, sew the ends of the bottom together to complete the look. And you’re done!

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diy fabric headbandIt’s a pretty quick project, and in the end, you have a beautiful headband that you can wear or gift! I also have a few more headband tutorials that I’m working on, so make sure to subscribe to my blog or follow me on Instagram, so you’ll know when I post the tutorials. Happy making friends!

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