DIY Headbands For Baby

We all know that babies can be hard to dress. They’re too small for most clothes, and their heads don’t stay put when you try to put a hat on them! That’s where I come in. I’m going to teach you how to make your own headbands for baby using felt and elastic—and it only takes about half an hour.

First, gather all of your supplies. You’ll need felt in whatever colors or patterns you want, a hot glue gun, scissors, and coordinating elastic.

  • First, gather all of your supplies. You’ll need felt in whatever colors or patterns you want, a hot glue gun, scissors, and coordinating elastic.
  • Cut two pieces of felt that are each 5-6 inches long by 1½ inches wide. Use one piece as the base for your headband and cut a third piece to fold over the top of one side to make it look like a bow tie (or whatever shape you want). If you want your bow tie wider or thinner than what I used here – just adjust accordingly!
  • Trim excess fabric off both sides so that only about ¼ inch remains beyond where you will start gluing things down. This will help prevent any fraying later on due to tension pulling on those edges during wear time at day care or preschool

Next, cut the felt into strips that measure about an inch by 6 inches.

Next, cut the felt into strips that measure about an inch by 6 inches. If you want to make them shorter, that’s fine too! You can cut them however long you want. It’s up to you.

Once your strips are measured and cut, use a ruler to measure the width of your headband (we used 1/2″). Then use these measurements to figure out how many felt strips you’ll need for each side of the headband. Measure one inch down from where you measured at one end of your headband and then measure another inch down at the other end of your headband (you should now have two marks on each side). Now count how many marks there are between both ends of your headband: if there are 3 marks between both ends then this means that there will be 6 total stripes around each side—3 in between both sides plus another 3 in between those first two marks on either side; etcetera! And repeat this step for each additional stripe/color change as needed until you reach as far over towards the middle (or wherever) as possible without covering any part of a previous color change area(s).

If you’re using one color for the headband, cut a 4-inch x 1/4-inch strip of felt.

If you’re using one color for the headband, cut a 4-inch x 1/4-inch strip of felt. If you want to use two colors and make them match, cut two strips in the same length and width. This step is optional.

If you are doing multiple colors on your headband, now would be a good time to rethink your original decision. Perhaps this choice was too bold after all? Maybe you should go with something more subtle? Or maybe what was once too much is now just right! If so, proceed as planned; if not, read through this section again until you feel ready!

Glue the end of the first ribbon to the back of the headband piece and wrap it around until it reaches the other side.

  • Use a hot glue gun to attach the end of the first ribbon to the back of one side of your headband piece.
  • Wrap it around until it reaches the other side and glue down again for security.
  • If you are using multiple colors, make sure you alternate them so that they aren’t too similar in shade or tone.
  • Make sure you have enough ribbon to wrap around your headband at least twice (so four times total).

Repeat with all of your ribbons until none are left.

Repeat with all of your ribbons until none are left. Your headband is complete!

When attaching the ribbon, be careful not to glue it down so that it can still be removed when washing the headband. Also, don’t leave any ribbons hanging and don’t glue them on the other side of the headband.

make your own headbands for baby!

  • Make your own headbands for baby! This is a great way to use up scrap fabric and make something fun that your little one will wear all the time. I love this idea because I have tons of felt scraps, but it could be adapted to any type of ribbon or fabric you like. You only need a hot glue gun, scissors and some ribbon (or whatever material you choose).*
  • Cut strips of felt that are 1 inch wide by 4 inches long.* Glue each end of the first ribbon onto a headband piece.* Then wrap it around until you reach the other side. When you get back to where it started out, just cut off any extra length and glue down again! Repeat as desired for additional colors or patterns.* Add lots more colors if you want!

Conclusion

The great thing about this project is that it’s super easy to do and can be done with just about any kind of headband. Plus, you don’t even need glue! If you want a more fancy look, simply cut out the felt in different shapes (like hearts or flowers), then glue them on top and around the edges of the headband piece.

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