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How to Easily Sew a Twisted/Knotted Headband

Loretta learned to sew on her grandma's treadle sewing machine. She began sewing her own clothes in 7th grade and still enjoys fabric work.

You Need This Headband

Everyone does some type of work, task, or leisure that benefits from having your hair out of your eyes. You wash your face, maybe apply cosmetics, hopefully you exercise (don't judge me) and you may do detail crafts or hobbies that need clear vision. Even with no hair hanging in your way, this can be an attractive accessory as Crystal clearly demonstrates!

This headband is really fast and easy to make. It is a forgiving project and has a tolerance for inexact seaming. It could also be done by hand or by serger. This is very easy to adjust for size from adult to child. I will describe a generic size and you may choose to cut it a little narrower or take a bigger seam at the last step for the best fit.

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Step 1: Choose the Fabric and Cut

This needs material with stretch. It can be fabric from an old 100% cotton t-shirt or new yardage with polyester knit or spandex. Any fabric that has a little give will be fine.

Cut a rectangle that is 22 inches by 8 inches. Many newer knits have 4-way stretch while others will give in only one direction. Consider the stretch of your fabric and have the most stretch to be cut along the 22 inch side.

Step 2: Sew the Long Seam

Fold right sides together along the long side. Pin or clip so your fabric doesn't slide as knits can be slippery. Sew the entire length. Secure your start and stop points with a backstitch or extra stitches.

I use a 1/2 inch seam. If you are using a serger it will be less, and if you are sewing by hand you may want a wider seam to work with.

My fabric is the same color on each side, but the right side has a sheen. Therefore, the shiny side is on the inside and I sew along the dull side.

Step 3: Turn Right Side Out and Press

Turn your headband right side out.

Press it flat with the seam going down the middle. If you don't have an iron, just lay it out and smooth it as flat as possible with your hands.

You should now have a nice 22 inch by 3.5 inch flat tube, depending on your seam allowance.

Step 4: Fold and Shift

Fold your 22 inch length into an 11 inch length with the seam facing out. The raw edges are together.

Now, shift the top layer of your folded tube halfway across the bottom layer. In other words, a pressed edge of the top layer will now line up with the middle seam of the bottom layer.

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Step 5: Fold Again and Sew

Bring the leftmost, folded edge over the top and encase the leftmost half of the shifted layer.

Bring the furtherest right, folded edge underhand to meet the seam underneath, thereby encasing the right half of the first layer.

You may want to clip or pin along the sides.

Sew all the raw edges of your sandwich together. I needed to lengthen my stitch to get a smooth seam. Secure each end or reverse the entire seam as I did.

This is where you can take a larger seam to create a smaller headband. You can do this at any time, for instance if your headband stretches out after use.

Step 6: Turn the Seam to the Inside

Turn the headband over!

Push the knot "inside out" and turn the long seam to the inside. You will need to smooth it out and tug on the folds of the knot to make it look the best.

Finished Headband!

Finished headband and one for a friend.

Finished headband and one for a friend.


You now have a useful and attractive headband. Go ahead and make one for a friend!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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