I love moisture-wicking headbands (headbands made of special material that pulls the moisture away from your body). They’re great for exercise, bad hair days, or for keeping cool in the summer. However, I have two BIG problems with them. The first is that they’re ridiculously expensive – at least $10, but usually much more. The second is that they’re ALWAYS too tight on my big head, making me hate life. I was wandering the aisles of my local Joann’s Fabric when moisture-wicking fabrics caught my eye. It never occurred to me to make my own headbands out of the material! I decided to make them a long tie-on headband instead of a continuous loop – this way, they’d never be tight on my head – and they’re just a fraction of the cost of buying one new!
I suggest making your headband about 40-inches long. This will give you enough extra to tie a knot, bow, etc. Width is personal preference – I made mine about two and a half inches wide, but the pink one I made for Annabel is over 3-inches. Whatever width you prefer, double it. So for my purple headband, I cut a 40-inch by 5-inch strip of fabric.
Fold the fabric over so the wrong side faces out, then pin the fabric together.
Trim the ends at an angle.
Because this material is stretchy, I used a zig-zag stitch, pictured above. It lets the fabric still stretch, without popping any stitches. Sew the edges of headband together, leaving one end open.
Pull the fabric “through” the open end so the right side of the fabric faces outward.
Tuck the loose fabric and stitch up the open end of the headband. That’s it! It’s so easy – I can literally make one of these faster than I can run a mile! Which, to be fair, is very slow. But still!
I am in love with how comfortable these are! It’s so nice to have a headband that will stay on and NOT be too tight on my head!
I am in workout clothes, which everyone knows is just as good as actually exercising.
Annabel, however, actually tested hers out by getting active.
Those red cheeks say, “I just ran around the house 200 times and my hair is still as flawless as Beyonce!”
Have fun and let me know if you have questions!
I like to think that just owning workout clothes is the same thing as working out.
This is great! Looks cheap and easy enough even for me! Going to try it this weekend.
Annie looks fierce!
Can you wash these safely?
Yes! Check the wash instructions on your fabric when you buy it – the material I use calls for hand washing in cold. Super easy!