Freebie | Knot Headband

These knot headbands are so trendy right now and wouldn't you know, they're super easy to make! 

In this quick tutorial I'm going to show you how I make my new baby Charlotte's headbands.

Required Tools:

*Knit Fabric (I recommend Jersey Knit): about 22" X 7" for the headband

*Knit or woven fabric: about 11.875" X 3.75" for the tie 

Sewing Machine + Stretch Needle + Thread

Tape Measure

Needle + Thread (for hand sewing)

little white girl wearing a pink plaid headband and an I love lucy shirt on a white backdrop


Step 1:

Measure around your nugget's head to figure out what size to make the headband. This will be the width you'll cut your headband piece to. When I say width this measurement will be cut against the grain. Imagine the grain is running up and down, this cut will be running from side to side.


Now what if you don't have a nugget to measure because maybe this is a gift?

For that I give you this handy guide:

3M: 16.5"

6M: 17.5"

9M: 18"

12M: 18.5"

24M: 20"

Child: 21"

Youth 12 - Adult: 22"


For the length (and when I say length we're talking about cutting the fabric with the grain) use this handy guide:

3M-24M: 5"

Child: 6"

Youth 12 - Adult: 7"


pink plaid fabric on a white background next to a rotary cutter and a tee square

Step 2: Cut the headband piece out.

Step 3: Fold the fabric in half long ways with the right sides together. 

Step 4: Using a stretch stitch (like a zigzag or a serger) sew in the areas shown by the area. Make sure to leave a 2" wide section not sewn in the middle of the headband; this will be your turn hole.

 babylock serger sewing a piece of fabric

Step 5: Turn the tube into itself so that the short ends are lined up with the right side together. 

Step 6: Sew the short ends together inside of the round. See below for how "sewing in the round" would look in the sewing machine. 

(Here the machine's foot is inside the tube sewing two pieces of fabric together.)

Step 7: Turn the tube right side out through the turn hole.

Step 8: With your hand sewing needle and thread close the turn hole using a ladder stitch.


Step 8: With the headband piece complete move onto the tie. For the tie you want to cut an oval shape that is roughly:

3M-24M: 9" X 3"

Child: 10" X 3.5"

Youth 12 - Adult: 11.875" X 3.75"

Make sure you're not cutting a rectangle even though the measurements are for a rectangle. Use a cup or other round object to round out the short ends of the tie so that it looks like this (see below).

Step 9: Lay the tie pieces right sides together and sew all the way around them leaving a 1.5" turn hole. I used a straight stitch but it would be best to use a stretch stitch to avoid popping stitches when tying the tie. 

Step 10: Clip into the seam allowance but not through the thread (be very careful) and then trim the seam allowance. 
Step 11: Turn the tie right side out and close the turn hole using the ladder stitch like we did for the headband. 
Step 12: Finally tie the tie around the headband. Be careful when you pull it tight, if you pull too hard you'll pop the stitches if you used a straight stitch. 

white baby girl wearing a pink plaid knot headband and an i love lucy romper laying on a off white sherpa blanket with a white background





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    • Blair
    • May 29, 2020

    Hi Stacy, my serger has automatic tension so I don’t have anywhere to adjust for that.

    • Stacy
    • May 29, 2020

    What are your setting for your serger? I’m having a hard time figuring that part out. thanks

    • Madeleine
    • April 16, 2019

    Thank you so much for this tutorial – I love the look of the ‘oval’ tie!! <3

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