The 80’s called…they want their headband back!

Betsy Ross in the 80's

Betsy Ross in
the 80’s

Dear Abby in the 90's

Dear Abby in the 90’s

Have you ever thought back to those headbands and scrunchies we wore in the 80’s and early 90’s? Well, I have. In fact, as kids Betsy Ross and I used to wear headbands quite frequently (see pictures to the left and right for proof).  I even used to have an entire drawer in our bathroom dedicated to crazy barrettes and hair accessories.  If my mom hadn’t required I clean out that drawer before heading to college, I might still have some pretty stylish hair pieces that would make any little girl’s baby doll jealous! Headbands are definitely coming back and this super easy tutorial is great for the kid or adult in your life. Especially if you just want a super cute headband to wear to the beach or want to look even more stylish as you are washing your make-up off your face at night.  You can use fabric, a sheet, pillow case or an old t-shirt that you don’t wear anymore, but can’t bare to part with.


“80’s Headband Tutorial”

(Adapted from “Blue Bird Studio” Headband Design)

Materials needed to complete this tutorial:photo

  • A 4-6″ by 22″ piece of fabric
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Ruler
  • Coordinating thread
  • Iron



1.) First, you will cut your piece of fabric to the desired width.  For a wider headband make sure you cut your strip 6″ wide by 22″ long. If you want a thinner headband, utilize a 4″ wide piece. I cut my piece to 5″ for this tutorial.

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2.) Fold your piece of fabric “hot dog style” so that it’s thin and narrow and iron it down in order to make a firm crease down the middle.

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4.) Open up your piece of fabric so that it is not folded at all.  Then, fold each of the long sides in toward the firm crease in the center of your piece of fabric and iron them down.

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5.) Fold your fabric one more time along the firm crease to make 1 long and thin piece.

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6.) Next we will topstitch each side about 1/8″-1/16″ in from the edge.  A topstitch is normally used when you want to secure something in place, but don’t need to use your usual 1/4″ seam allowance. It is also used to create a professional looking finish to any project. No need to back stitch in this step, since we will be folding the edges down and zig zag stitching them later. (*Note: I recommend stitching the open end down first and not the folded end. That way, you can ensure your edges line up perfectly and will look more professional when finished.)

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7.)  Next, make a 1/2″ fold on each of the ends of your fabric strip. Iron them down.

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8.) Then, fold each end over on itself again to make a 3/4″-1″ fold. Iron it down.  This will hide the raw edge of your fabric strip and provide a place to insert the hair band to add some elasticity.

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9.) Insert any hair band into the fold you’ve just created and pin it down.

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10.) Zig zag stitch the end closed to ensure it is secured in place.

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11.) Repeat steps 9 & 10 for the last end and…..viola! You have a new headband!

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Repeat with a fabric you know any kid would love like “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” fabric and find a super sweet niece to model it for you! Luckily, I have one of those! Ohhhhhh Josie…….Aunt Abby has something for you!!


Meet adorable and now super stylish niece!

Meet Josie…my adorable and now super stylish niece!


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