Paisley bandanas have become a staple in the world of crafting, design and fashion. They’re also quite possibly some of the most accessible, inexpensive DIY materials. With your trusty hot glue gun, a few stitches and some craft wire, you can create an eye-catching customized hair accessory with this tutorial on how to make a bandana headband! One bandanna can make quite a few headbands, so be sure to make them for everyone you know!
How to make a bandana headband supplies:
- 22 Inch Paisley Square Bandanna (2)…I used Turquoise & Navy Blue
- 18 Gauge Aluminum Jewelry Wire-Silver
- All-Purpose Craft Scissors
- Mini Hot Glue Gun
- Sewing Thread
- Sewing Machine (not shown)
- Measuring Tape (not shown)
How to make a bandana headband:
Step 1. Fold two bandannas in half and place one on top of the other. Cutting through both layers, trim a 4.5 inch wide segment.
Step 2. Unfold the two segments. You’ll have two pieces measuring about 20 inches long and 4.5 inches wide.
Step 3. Place one segment on top of the other, “front” sides facing in. If you’d like, trim away the non-printed end!
Step 4. Sew right down the end, about 1/2 inch away from the edge.
Step 5. Tie off the thread and trim away the excess. Keep in mind that the stitch doesn’t have to perfect; it will be very much hidden!
Step 6. Measure 15 inches from the sewn edge.
Step 7. Trim away the fabric after the 15 inch point.
Step 8. Separate the two fabrics from each other and lay on a flat surface. The stitch and raw edge of the fabric should be facing you (aka, the “wrong” side of the headband)
Step 9. Cut a 30 inch strand of wire and hot glue to the fabric, about 1/2 inch away from the top edge.
Tip: Do this in short increments. It will be much more manageable this way!
Step 10. Add hot glue directly on top of the wire. Work quickly, before the hot glue dries.
Step 11. Fold the outermost 1/2 inch edge of fabric right onto the wire. Once the glue is cool enough to touch, press down on the fabric to secure.
Step 12. Continue along the fabric, until you reach the opposite end.
Step 13. Return to the side that you started on. Add some hot glue right below the wire.
Step 14. Press down the first fold onto the glue. This will ensure that the wire is not exposed. Again, work quickly!
Step 15. Continue along the fabric.
Step 16. Repeat Steps 9-15 along the bottom edge of the fabric.
Step 17. To complete the headband, twist the ends together. Try it on and trim the ends so that the headband comfortably fits your head.
And you’re all done! I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a bandana headband! You can mix and match bandannas for an endless variety of possible color combinations. Some ideas include school, sports team or holiday colors.
The best part of this project is that you can wear it two different ways. Rock it with the ends twisted on top of your head for a “tied around” look, or do the opposite and show off the wide “half and half” portion to emulate a thick headband. Now you can show your friends how to make a bandana headband too!
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.