Learn how to make braided headbands out of jersey knit fabric – or recycled t-shirts!
For years, I spent time searching for camp crafts for kids and adults as part of my job at the camp we worked at.
This simple and fun jersey knit headband project is one that we did at both kids’ camps and camps for adults.
These braided headbands are nice and soft and stretchy – perfect for holding back whispy hair for kids and moms might like them to hold back her hair when she washes her face!
How to Make Braided Headbands with Jersey Fabric or Recycled T-shirts
Supplies you’ll need
- Jersey knit fabric or old t-shirts
- Needle and thread
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Glue (If you choose to go the no sew route.)
Step by Step Instructions For the 5 strand braided headband
- Measure around the head of the person you are making the headband for and take note of the measurement.
- Cut 5 long strips of jersey knit fabric 2 inches wide and about double the measurement you took in step one. If you want a narrower headband, cut the strips 1/2 inch wide instead.
- Stack up the strips and sew together at one end with a straight stick, knotting each end well. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could hand stitch this or use a hot glue gun to glue it together.
- Stretch out each jersey knit fabric strip so the edges curl slightly.
- Tape down the sewn edge to a flat surface and lay 3 strips out to the left and 2 out to the right.
- To see how to braid the headband, refer to the pictures on this post from Make It Love it.
- Once you are finished braiding, overlap and sew or glue the end pieces together tightly. (Make the finished size to be slightly smaller than the measurement you took in step one as the headband will be stretchy.)
- To cover the seam where the braid is sewed together, make a fabric flower like below and glue it on.
I just stacked up all the circles, sewed a big x in the center, pulled it tight and watched it ruffle. Easy peasy! I did strategically add some hot glue on to the petals to make a few more ruffles.
Step by Step instructions for the jersey knit flower
- Cut 5 circles out of jersey knit fabric that are roughly 3 inches around. As you are cutting them, make the edges slightly wavy – in an irregular way. Don’t worry about them being perfectly uniform!
- Stack the layers up so that the waves of the circles do not match up.
- Using a needle and thread, sew a big “X” in the center, going through all 5 layers.
- Pull the thread tight until it starts to ruffle.
- Knot off the thread in the back.
- Use a hot glue gun to glue the ruffles exactly where you’d like them to be.
- Glue (or sew) the flower onto the headband.
Other Fabric Craft Ideas:
- Jersey Knit bracelets
- How to Sew a Custom Tablecloth with Ruffles and Pleats
- I put these Tattered Fabric Flowers on Christmas stockings, but they’d also be cute on throw pillows.
- How to make a large DIY Fabric Flower
- How to Make Simple & Meaningful DIY Scandinavian Christmas Ornaments Using Fabric
- Make this Cute DIY Christmas Tree Pillow in Just 15 Minutes
Originally posted June 26, 2012. Updated January 21, 2022
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