Sew a reversible headband that is both practical and adorable—it keeps hair in place, while making a fashion statement! Ask your little sewing partner to choose two cotton fabrics and let the stitching begin with this FREE! I Sew For Fun Reversible Headband Sewing Tutorial by Nancy Zieman.

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You’ll find this reversible headband sewing project, plus 19 additional I Sew For Fun projects, in Nancy Zieman’s 72-page book, I Sew For Fun book. Nancy shares her step-by-step directions for 20 super-easy sewing projects.

Tune in and watch Nancy and her granddaughters, along with friends, take a modern approach to sewing. Nancy shares her team sewing-for-fun experience along with many tips for a big partner, and numerous insights for involving a little sewing partner—all while making simple, easy to sew kid-friendly projects. Watch I Sew For Fun on Sewing With Nancy!

 Nancy Zieman's I Sew For Fun Free Sew A Headband Tutorial

Reversible Headband Sewing Tutorial

Approximate Finished Size: 11″ x 2″

Supplies Needed:

  • Two 4″ x 15″ fabric rectangles (Cut one of Fabric A and one of Fabric B.)
  • Coordinating elastic headband OR 1/3 yd of 1/4″ wide elastic
  • Two 4″ x 15″ strips Pellon Sof Shape Fusible Interfacing
  • Coordinating all purpose thread
  • One 1/4″ x 3″–4″ strip double-sided Pellon EZ Steam II fusible web.

Handy Notions:

Instructions:

Please read all instructions before beginning. Use the right edge of the presser foot as the depth of the seam allowance.

1. Fuse Pellon Sof Shape interfacing to wrong sides of Fabric A and Fabric B, following manufacturer’s instructions.

     Fuse and cut out pattern pieces in advance. When your little partner arrives, you’re ready to sew!

2. Trace pattern piece for headband on paper (see pattern on page 66 in the I Sew For Fun book). Or, create your own pattern piece for a headband from a 2-3/4″ x 11.5″ rectangle of paper. Taper and round ends as desired. Cut out.

3. Cut out headband pieces from Fabrics A and B, using paper pattern.

 

4. Prepare and stitch elastic headband:

  • Mark the elastic headband (or elastic) about 8 1/2″ from one end.


  • Place “marked end” of elastic headband in the center of one short edge of the headband, right sides together, and cut edges even; pin in position. Stitch elastic to the short edge of the headband.

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   For ease in turning the headband later, now’s the perfect timing to attach the I Sew For Fun Clip ’n Glide Bodkin to the un-stitched elastic end!

5. Prepare and stitch fabric headband:

  • Place headband pieces right sides together, matching cut edges and sandwiching elastic in between. Pin or use Wonder Clips to secure the long edges.
  • Stitch one long edge of the headband, using the right edge of presser foot as depth of the seam allowance, removing pins or clips as you come to them.

     Show your little partner how to use Larry the Presser Foot Lifter to position fabric under the needle, how to guide the fabric along the edge of the presser foot, and how to use the Backup Bernie Button at each end to secure stitches. Okay, now it’s the little partner’s turn to do some stitching. It’s OK to hover over them in the beginning.

 

  • Stitch the opposite long edge of the headband, leaving an opening about 3″–4″ long on the edge closest to the elastic tail.


6. Prepare seams on short ends of headband and encase elastic:

  • Wrap seams toward the center at the short end of headband (edge with attached elastic), folding along the stitching lines; press.


  •  Stitch the first short end of the headband encasing the elastic end.
  • Wrap seams on the second short edge (elastic tail end) toward the center, folding along stitching lines.


  • Pull the elastic tail until the 8 1/2″ marking on the elastic is visible at the edge of the headband. Place a pin through the headband and elastic tail to hold in position.

  •  Machine baste across the short edge of the headband, catching the elastic tail. Check the fit of the headband, turn it right side out and have the little partner try it on. Release the seam and adjust the length of the elastic if necessary. Restitch the seam. Clip the elastic.


 7. Finish the headband:

  • Pull the elastic through the opening in the fabric to turn the headband right side out.


  •  Use a Point 2 Point turning tool to flatten seam allowances inside the headband, and to push out the corners

 

  • Press headband, folding in the seam allowances at the opening.

 

     Teach your little partner how to bring out a corner with the Point 2 Point turning tool. You of course, should do the folding and pressing.

 

  • Place a small 1/4″ x 3″ – 4″ strip of Pellon EZ Steam II fusible webbing in the opening at the long edge of the headband. Press; remove paper. Press seams together.


  • Topstitch around headband, pivoting at corners and stitching over seams on short ends to reinforce elastic.

 

     You may want to complete this step, but if your litter partner feels comfortable sewing, let them “have at it!”

Nancy Zieman's I Sew For Fun Free Sew A Headband Tutorial

I Sew For Fun Book by Nancy Zieman as Seen on the Sewing With Nancy Television Show

You’ll find this reversible headband sewing project, plus 19 additional I Sew For Fun projects, in Nancy Zieman’s 72-page book, I Sew For Fun book. Nancy shares her step-by-step directions for 20 super-easy sewing projects.

Tune in and watch Nancy and her granddaughters, along with friends, take a modern approach to sewing. Nancy shares her team sewing-for-fun experience along with many tips for a big partner, and numerous insights for involving a little sewing partner—all while making simple, easy to sew kid-friendly projects. Watch I Sew For Fun on Sewing With Nancy!

Watch I Sew For Fun on Sewing With Nancy online at NancyZieman.com.

For a complete listing of all I Sew For Fun companion products by Nancy Zieman, visit isewforfun.com

To win a NEW! I Sew For Fun Clip ’n Glide Bodkin from Clover, please leave a comment below sharing a sewing project you’ll be stitching with your little sewing partner.

Clip N Glide Bodkin by Nancy Zieman for Clover

The randomly selected winner of a copy of Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman from F+W Media on the March 30 blog post is Barbara Gearin.

 

Her comment is: This book is really a winner. My 42 year old daughter wants to learn to quilt and this is the new clean lined stuff the young love.

 

 

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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