A trend that has expanded the creativity of many new moms is learning how to make baby headbands. They not only let everyone know that your baby is a girl, but also add an element of style to any outfit. Here are a few to get your started that can be created with and without sewing.
Project 1 – How to Make Baby Headbands Without Sewing
If you’re not comfortable with a needle and thread, there’s no reason you can’t successfully complete a project that’s adorable and affordable.
What You Need
- Stretchy elastic that’s 1/2″ to 1″ wide (based on your preference).
- Hot glue gun and rods.
- A circular object such as a large Ibuprofen bottle.
- Use the circular object and pen to trace 7 circles onto the felt and cut them out.
- Fold a circle in half, place a dot of glue in the center then fold it in half again. These make the petals.
- Repeat the previous step 4 more times until you have a total of 5 folded circles (petals).
- Take one circle, mark the center and cover the entire circle in hot glue.
- Working quickly, press each glued petal onto the flat circle making sure the center of the fold and center mark on the bottom circle line up. 4 petals will fit on the bottom circle.
- Trim off any felt that hangs over the bottom circle.
- Take the last petal, put glue on the fold and press it into the center of the flowers. Set the flower aside.
- Measure the baby’s head. The lace band should be snug but not tight. You just don’t want it to slip.
- Cut it 1/2″ longer than needed.
- Place a dot of glue at the end, overlap one end over the other and press it firmly together. Note: Remember that with elastic lace, the raised pattern will be visible as well as raised on the right side of the elastic but won’t be on the wrong side.
- Take the flower you made previously and cover the bottom in glue.
- Place the flower on the headband that is right side up being sure to cover where the elastic overlaps.
- You have one flat circle left so cover it in glue and place the glued side directly over the glued circle that contains the flower and headband.
- If the circles don’t line up exactly just trim any excess. The headband will be ready to wear once it has had a chance to dry completely.
Project 2 – How to Make Baby Headbands That Require Some Sewing
These rosettes look so real and really enhance any baby headband. As with any adornments for babies, however, you may need to adjust the size to accommodate the age of the child. For example, a flower fit for a toddler would overwhelm a newborn. The size given here is for a newborn.
What You Need
- Transparent fabric, such as chiffon, in any color. Optional – These rosettes look beautiful in medium and light shades of the same color as well as complementary colors.
- A piece of felt the color of the rosette.
- A button that has rhinestones around the edge or is completely rhinestone.
- A candle, lighter and base to catch drips.
- Paper to make patterns.
- Hot glue gun.
- 2 Needles.
- Thread to match the flower and a second color to match the headband elastic/material, if needed.
- 2″ wide elastic lace or other material.
To Make the Rosette
On the paper, create patterns of hearts with the following measurements:
- 1-1/2″ wide X 1-1/4″ tall
- 1-1/4″ wide X 1″ tall
- 1″ wide X 3/4″ tall
- 3/4″ wide X 1/2″ tall
- Fold the material in half and trace each heart onto the fabric 5 times for each size. You should have a total of 10 of each size when done or 40 petals in all.
- Light the candle.
- Take a petal and, while holding it between your forefinger and thumb, run all edges near the flame. The process will melt them slightly, prevent fraying and curl the edges which you want.
- Thread the needle with the color that matches the flower and tie a knot at the end.
- Run the needle in and out the bottom of one of the smallest hearts then do the same to the next. Continue working until all the smallest hearts have been used. You should be working in a circular motion.
- Do the same with the next size up then the next and the next until all petals are gone making sure you work add the petals around the circle. The largest petals should end up on top.
- Run the needle and thread back and forth from top to bottom making a star pattern to secure all petals.
- End with the thread sticking out of the top where the smallest petals are attached.
- Secure the button in place and tie off the thread at the bottom of the rosette but don’t cut the thread off.
The Baby Headband
- Measure the baby’s head. A headband should fit snugly without being tight. If this is a gift, a newborn baby’s head is typically 11″ around.
- Cut the elastic or material the size measured adding an additional 1/2″ for overlap.
- Put a dot of glue on the end of one side of the elastic and place the other end on top the glue. Press firmly in place.
- Thread the 2nd needle with the color that matches the headband, tie a knot at the end and apply some basting stitches to secure the band.
How to Finish the Headband
- Cut the piece of felt into a 1″ circle and set it aside.
- Place the rosette on the headband so it covers the overlapped section.
- Push the needle through to the back of the headband and secure the flower to the headband with whip stitches then tie off the thread and cut the excess.
- Cover the felt circle with glue and push it to the back of the rosette.
Project 3 – How to Make Baby Headbands You Crochet
This pattern is for a 15″ headband. You can adjust the size by adding or subtracting the number of starting stitches.
What You Need
- Baby yard in a color for the headband.
- Baby yarn for the smaller flower.
- Baby yard for the larger flower.
- #3 (5mm) crochet hook.
- Yarn needle.
- Pearl or rhinestone button (optional).
To Make The Headband
- Begin by chaining 76 stitches.
- Row 1 – In the 4th chain from the hook, make 2 double crochets in the same stitch.
Chain 1. Make 2 more double crochets in the same stitch. Count down 4 chains and make a shell stitch (2 double crochets, chain 1, 2 double crochets). Repeat step 5 until you reach the end where you’ll make the last shell stitch in the last chain.
- Turn the work and flip it upside down.
- Row 2 – Make the shell stitches in the same places where you made the first ones. You’ll end up with shell stitches running on both sides of your original chain. When you get to the end, make a slip stitch in the first double crochet.
- Cut the yard leaving about 5″ and pull it through the last stitch.
- Thread the remaining yarn on a needle and join the ends of the headband together.
- Cut the thread.
To Make The Flower
- Chain 4 the slip stitch to join the 2 ends and make a circle.
- Row 1 – Chain 1. Single crochet 8 times in the ring. Slip stitch to join.
- Row 2 – Chain 6. Single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat all the way around. Slip stitch to join the last chain 6 with the base of the first chain 6. You should end up with 8 petals on a small flower.
- Make another flower the same way beginning with chain 8, then 16 single crochets in the ring and ending with 16 loops. The final flower should be chain 12, then 24 single crochets and 24 loops.
- Stack the flowers with the largest on the bottom and smallest on top and sew them together through the center
- Use the headband colored yarn and yarn needle to secure the flower over the headband where it was joined making a star pattern on top with your stitches.
- Although not shown, you can put a button on top the center made of rhinestones or a pearl to add a little bling.
Project 4 – How to Make Baby Headbands You Knit
This is wide enough to ensure baby’s ears stay warm all winter.
What You Need
- 3.75mm knitting needles.
- 5mm knitting needles.
- Yarn for the headband trim and flower.
- Yarn for the headband.
- Yarn Needle.
To Make the Headband
- Cast on 68 stitches in the trim color with the 3.75mm needles.
- Row 1 – Knit all the way across. Leave enough yarn to tie off and cut the remainder.
- Row 2 – Tie on the headband color. Knit 3, purl 1 all the way across.
- Rows 3 – Purl 3, knit 1 all the way across.
- Rows 4-6 – Continue the pattern.
- Row 7 – Change to trim color and knit all the way across.
- Cast off, tie a knot and cut the yarn.
- With the headband color, thread the need. Make a circle with the strip and sew it closed.
To Make the Flower
- Cast on 5 stitches.
- Row 1 – Purl.
- Row 2 – increase 1, knit 1, increase 1, knit 1 (5) times for a total of 10 stitches.
- Row 3 – Purl.
- Row 4 – Knit 1, increase 1, knit 7, increase 1, knit 2 (a total of 12 stitches).
- Row 5 – Purl.
- Rows 6-15 – Knit 1 row and purl the next until you finish row 15.
- Row 16 – Knit 1, sk2p (slip the next stitch onto the right-hand needle. Knit the next 2 stitches together then pass the slipped stitch over the “knit 2 together” stitch.), knit 4, knit 3 together, knit 1 (a total of 8 stitches left).
- Row 17 – Purl.
- Row 18 – Knit 1, sk2p (see Row 16), knit 3 together, knit 1 (4 stitches left).
- Row 19 – Purl.
- Bind off, tie securely and cut the yarn leaving a short tail.
- Make 4 more petals.
- With a needle and yarn the color of the band, weave the yarn in and out the base of a petal and pull the yarn through almost all the way (that will help the petal curl). Grab both ends of the yarn and tie a knot that’s snug. The knot and all tails should be at the back of the flower.
- Push the needle up through the center of the flower and run basting stitches side-by-side in order to create the center. You can also just secure it and add a button embellishment for the center as well.
- Tie all the strings, except the one with the needle, together then trim.
- Place the flower over the joint of the headband and run the needle through both the flow and headband several times.
- Tie it off at the back.
Project 5 – How to Make Baby Headbands Using All Your New Skills
Here’s a really cute vintage headband you can make by combining all your new skills.
What You Need
- Baby yarn in the headband color or buy a 2″ wide elastic.
- Baby yarn in the flower color or buy crocheted flowers in the applique section of the craft or fabric store.
- Felt the color of the headband.
- 3.75mm knitting needles.
- H crochet hook.
- Needle and thread.
- Hot glue gun.
- Feather, rhinestone button and any other accessories you might like to add.
To Make the Knitted Headband
- Cast on 68 stitches.
- Row 1 – Knit 2, purl 2 across.
- Row 2 – Purl 2, knit 2 across.
- Rows 3-??? – Continue to work the pattern until the headband is the width desired. It will have a ribbed pattern.
- Last Row – Cast off and cut the yarn leaving about 8″.
- With the headband color, thread the needle. Make a circle with the knitted strip and sew it closed.
How to Make the Crocheted Flowers
Note: You can either make these new style of flowers or the ones presented in Project 3.
- Chain 6 and join the first chain to the last to form a ring.
- Row 1 – Single crochet 15 times in the ring and join the first stitch to the last.
- Row 2 – Chain 4, * skip 1 single crochet, double crochet in the next single crochet chain 1, repeat from the * 6 more times. Join the row with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain of chain 4 you started with.
- Row 3 – Single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, double crochet, and single crochet in each chain 1 loop around the circle. You should end up with 8 petals. When complete, slip stitch in the first single crochet to close the circle.
- Row 4 – While working on the back side, single crochet 4 around each double crochet in Row 2. End with chain 4. Slip stitch in the first single crochet.
- Row 5 – Single crochet, double crochet, 2 treble crochets, double crochet in each chain 4 space around the back of the circle. You’ll have 8 petals. Slip stitch the last stitch in the first single crochet.
- Row 6 – Working from behind, single crochet 4 in each single crochet on Row 4. Slip stitch the last stitch to the first.
- Row 7 – Single crochet, double crochet, 3 treble crochet, double crochet, and single crochet in each chain 4 space around the circle. You should have 8 petals. Slip stitch in the first single crochet and fasten it off.
- Make another flower the same way.
How to Make the Glued and Sewn Embellishments
- Cut 2 felt circles that are the width of the headband and 1 circle that is 1/2″ in diameter.
- Glue the feather onto the smaller piece of felt then glue that circle to the larger one being sure to line the small one up with the edge of the large one.
- With a needle and yarn, sew the flowers onto the large felt circle below the feather.
- If using jewels, glue them to the center of each flower. If using rhinestone or pearl buttons, sew them into the centers of each flower. In either case, you can also opt to use only one embellishment that rests between the feather and flowers.
- Glue the embellished circle to the headband being sure to cover where the headband joins.
- Completely cover the 2nd large felt circle with glue and press it to the back of the headband lining it up with the embellished circle. You have just created a embellishment/headband sandwich.
- With a needle and thread, whip stitch the 2 large circles together around the edge to make sure they are secure.
There are many more ways to make baby headbands for very little money or even from scraps you may have laying around the house. You’re only limited by your own imagination. As you can see, whether you have many skills or only a few, you can still join in on the fun. If you have a baby headband you would like to share, we’d love to hear from you. The more we share, the more beautiful babies we’ll see out-and-about demonstrating they are in the height of fashion.