The Best DIY Earwarmer Headband

Make the best earwarmer headband for your kid, one that actually stays in place, protects the child in wind, but does not make him too hot. It has ear flaps that will fully cover the ears. A perfect fall kids accessory you can make in a really short time. Did I mention it's a beginner sewing project? Easy and fun!

And there is a PDF sewing  pattern available in 8 sizes - and email subscribers can download the smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) for free. Yep! 



The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.




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Would you like to add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall?

Then let's not lose any time - in short, I'll tell you why I love these earwarmer headbands. And why you'll love them too:


  1. PERFECT FOR FALL: They're wide enough to actually protect the head from wind (but don't make the kid sweat like those winter fleece ones!)
  2. Ear flaps fully cover the ears (but don't obstruct the kid's eyes!)
  3. Stays in place (no slipping during the play!)
  4. Easy and inexpensive to make.
  5. A great scrap buster!
  6. Make a great and easy homemade gift!
  7. You can get a FREE PDF sewing pattern in 3 sizes. Yey!

Now, are you in? Let's make an earwarmer headband together!

You'll Need:

The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.

You'll need:
  • a 10"by 18" piece of cotton blend jersey (I love this adorable fall leaves print!)
  • sewing thread (here I used a thicker, contrasting thread to make it easier for you to follow the tutorial)
  • sewing machine
  • ballpoint needle (A must for sewing knits.)
  • iron
  • scissors
  • pins
  • pattern (make or get one - my subscribers can have mine!)

I used a 5.8 oz weight jersey for this tutorial, it's a 95% cotton + 5% spandex blend. It has a moderate stretch.


You can use your fabric scraps, this is a great scrap-buster project. But if you are looking for some adorable new jerseys, feel free to check out these cute fabrics by peek-a-boo. (They've also got this gorgeous jungle animals jersey. And this always trendy red polka dot print!)


So where's your PDF sewing  pattern


First things first: you can get your free PDF headband pattern for the smallest three sizes (baby to 1 year) using this link. I've made it available to all subscribers of AppleGreen Cottage and it's one of the thank-you freebies for joining me on the creative journey.

The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.


Headband Sizing


The free pattern comes in 3 sizes (baby to one year):

The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.

You'll notice that the sizes are a bit larger than the regular headband sizes. This is due to a wider, ear-covering form that will stretch less than the thinner variations of headbands we usually see in the market.

Need A Larger Size?


No problem. If you need a different size, have a look at the Best Earwarmer Headband PDF Pattern with tutorial in the Craftsy store. It's totally new and I'm sure you haven't seen it elsewhere yet. It's not free, but with the additional sizes up to adult sizes (total 8 sizes), you should be covered for life :)

It comes in 6 kids + 2 adults sizes  (total 8 sizes), complete with instructions and sewing tips. You can check it out here if you like (50% off now!):

Make the best earwarmer headband for your kid, one that actually stays in place, protects the child in wind, but does not make him too hot. It has ear flaps that will fully cover the ears. A perfect fall kids accessory you can make in a really short time. Did I mention it's a beginner sewing project? Easy and fun!




DIY Earwarmer Headband TUTORIAL


To make it even easier for you, the how-to is split into three sections. Makes it even easier to follow!

A) The Perfect TEMPLATE


You can make your own template or choose one of my patterns to make your project really fast!

You can:
a) Download your free pattern in 3 smallest sizes (3 months - 1 yr) here:

The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.


b) OR, if you need a larger size, download the complete, 8-size pattern in the Craftsy store. It's not free, but with the additional 5 sizes (baby+toddler+kid-teen+adult), you could use it for everybody in your family.



The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.

Yes, it includes two sizes for you and your spouse too! :)


c) OR, you can draw your own template: wrap a piece of your fabric around the kid's head and add the 0.5 cm for seam allowance. You'll also need to add ear flaps, which may be a bit tricky - you need to catch the right position (exactly covering the ear area, not too far back or close to the front.) You might need a bit of a try-and-test approach. I'd suggest this only if you've got enough time and fabrics for a second/third try.


TIP: No matter how you start, always measure your child’s head to be sure you are making the correct size

Make the best earwarmer headband for your kid, one that actually stays in place, protects the child in wind, but does not make him too hot. It has ear flaps that will fully cover the ears. A perfect fall kids accessory you can make in a really short time. Did I mention it's a beginner sewing project? Easy and fun!


Make the best earwarmer headband for your kid, one that actually stays in place, protects the child in wind, but does not make him too hot. It has ear flaps that will fully cover the ears. A perfect fall kids accessory you can make in a really short time. Did I mention it's a beginner sewing project? Easy and fun!


B) CUTTING the Fabric

1) Draw or download your earwarmer headband pattern.


2) Lay the piece of jersey on a flat surface, right side up (=facing you), with the stretch running side to side. Usually this means that you'll see the tiny ribs running vertically.


Make the best earwarmer headband for your kid, one that actually stays in place, protects the child in wind, but does not make him too hot. It has ear flaps that will fully cover the ears. A perfect fall kids accessory you can make in a really short time. Did I mention it's a beginner sewing project? Easy and fun!


Stretch direction is VERY IMPORTANT here!


3) Fold your jersey twice:

Make the best earwarmer headband for your kid, one that actually stays in place, protects the child in wind, but does not make him too hot. It has ear flaps that will fully cover the ears. A perfect fall kids accessory you can make in a really short time. Did I mention it's a beginner sewing project? Easy and fun!


  • First, grab the right edge and fold it in half. Now you've got the fold on the right side and the jersey right-sides-together.
  • Second, grab the folded upper edge of the fabric and fold it in half by placing it onto the bottom edge. Now you've got four layers of jersey nicely stacked.


4) Place the template over the four layers. Please make sure that one corner of the template (marked by a red dot!) is placed on the 4-fold corner of the jersey! Add a 1/4" seam allowance on two sides (as marked in the template.) Then cut. 
Make the best earwarmer headband for your kid, one that actually stays in place, protects the child in wind, but does not make him too hot. It has ear flaps that will fully cover the ears. A perfect fall kids accessory you can make in a really short time. Did I mention it's a beginner sewing project? Easy and fun!

TIP: Always measure your child’s head to be sure you are making the correct size.



5) Unfold the cut fabric once so you get this double-layered piece (i.e. folded only once):

The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.



C) SEWING

1) Now you've got the piece of jersey folded once, right-sides-together (face-to-face) along the long line. Start sewing approximately 2 inches (5 cm) from the edge and stop at least 2 inches before the end. Seam allowance: 1/4"

The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.

(The seam in this photo is a bit wavy because I used my regular foot. If you've got a walking foot, use it, the seam will look nicer!)



2) Secure stitch, then trim any excess fabric on the curved part (this way you'll reduce bulk and the curved part will look nicer.). Then turn the sewn piece right side out. Press.

The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.



3) Now pin the short ends of the headband, right-sides-together, like this:
The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall. free pdf pattern too.




4) Sew them together using a 1/4" seam allowance, backstitch as needed to secure.

The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.




5) Tuck the sewn part back to form a tube-like headband. Press. Now you'll be able to finish the missing part (2 inch + 2 inch) of the  horizontal seam: topstitch over these 4 inches (zigzagging, remember!) Or, even better, use a ladder stitch if you have time to stitch it by hand.
Free headband sewing pattern is a pdf printable in 3 sizes for babies (baby to one year)




6) Done! You've just made a perfect headband for a kid.

The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.



Now you've got a cute headband in the color of your choice... 

The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.



And if you're not ready to start working with jersey yet, fear not. Just select the fabric and wait a bit. In one of my next posts, I'm throwing in several sewing tips for beginners, and above all: TWO basic things that REALLY matter when sewing with knits. Like, really important. They can save your project. And make you totaly confident with cutting up and sewing your jersey piece. Actually, you'll just want to sew more of these headbands. Get your fabrics ready, subscribe to get your free template and pin this tutorial for later ;)


The best earwarmer headband tutorial and 8-size PDF sewing pattern. The smallest 3 sizes (baby to 1 year) are free to download for email subscribers. This perfect headband pdf pattern will add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe AND let them stay WARM outdoors this fall.


And feel free to visit my Craftsy store. Currently, I'm featuring a wildly popular, totally free bandana bib pattern that is being downloaded like crazy these days! (No subscription to my blog required and totally free!)



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Happy sewing!





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10 comments:

  1. I need to make one of these for my daughter! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

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    1. Hi Teresa,
      thanks! If you send me a photo of the finished headband, I'll be happy to post it! Have a great day,

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  2. I've signed up several times today to receive the earwarmer pattern and it does not show up in my email. You were recommended by another blogger, so I thought I'd let you know there may be issues. If you have information on how to get the free pattern so I can start working on it, it's appreciated.

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    1. Dear (Follower), have you checked your spam folder, maybe it's there? (I've received tons of thanks messages from readers who subscribed, so I'm sure the file gets downloaded properly.) Or, I will gladly send it to you directly by email if you let me know your email (unfortunately, I can't see any of your contacts because your comment was posted anonymously) Have a great day,

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  3. Perfect for your cool weather, Damjana, and a great way to use up scraps of fabric.

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  4. Hi! Love these headbands....could I make it with fleece thick fabric....hope to hear from you....

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    1. Hi,

      a good question! Yes, you can make them in fleece, but in this case, I'd advise you to add more seam allowance and you need to count with more bulk when sewing. Let me know how it goes!

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  5. Thanks for the pattern. But did I miss something? How does it fasten together? Thanks!

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    1. Hi, and thanks for reaching out. I believe you want to know how to make the headband out of the PDF pattern you've just received - just follow the sewing tutorial above, it's easy!

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