Use this ear warmer headband pattern to make the best diy headband, one that actually stays in place, protects your ears in the wind, and is so comfortable!. A perfect fall accessory you can make in a really short time. Did I mention it's a beginner sewing project? Easy and fun!
There is a PDF sewing pattern available in 8 sizes in our shop, or you can access 3 smallest sizes for free in our Freebie Library once you've signed up for the free weekly newsletter.
If you've never sewn with knits before, this is the perfect place to start. The baby headband sewing tutorial includes detailed, beginner-friendly instructions with lots of step-by-step photos. Also, you get several bonus tips to make it even easier. No serger? No problem. Tips for sewing with regular sewing machine included!
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Ear Warmer Headband
Would you like to add a pop of color to your kids' fall wardrobe and let them stay warm outdoors this fall? You've found your perfect accessory: this ear warmer headband pattern!
I'll tell you why I love these earwarmer headbands. And why you'll love them too:
Ear Warmer Headband Pattern Features
- PERFECT FOR transitions between seasons: They're wide enough to actually protect the head from wind (but don't make the kid sweat like those winter fleece ones!)
- Ear flaps fully cover the ears (but don't obstruct the kid's eyes!)
- Stays in place (no slipping during the play!)
- Easy and inexpensive to make.
- A great scrap buster!
- Make a great and easy homemade gift!
Now, are you in? Let's make an earwarmer headband together!
- a 24"by 11" piece of cotton blend jersey
- 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.)
- pattern (make or get one - my newsletter 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'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.
Take a look at the Best Earwarmer Headband PDF Pattern with tutorial in my shop. 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:
|Check out the full pattern HERE.|
DIY Earwarmer Headband TUTORIAL
And here's a video slide-show for those of you who prefer video how-tos. (and all the separate steps are added below) Check it out here:
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
b) OR, if you need a larger size, order the complete, 8-size pattern in the pattern shop. It's not free, but with the additional 5 sizes (baby+toddler+kid-teen+adult), you could use it for everybody in your family.
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
B) CUTTING the Fabric
3) Fold your jersey twice:
- 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.
C) SEWING ear warmer headband pattern
3) Now pin the short ends of the headband, right-sides-together, like this:
4) Sew them together using a ¼" seam allowance, backstitch as needed to secure.
6) Done! You've just made a perfect headband for a kid.
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 access to your free template and pin this tutorial for later.
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