Easy, Recycled DIY Headband

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Easy, Recycled Flannel DIY Headband How-To

I hate to get rid of clothes that are shrunken or beat up because I know they can become headbands and pillows and scarfs and all sorts of things.  So I rescued an old ripped up flannel from a trip to the trash and made a cute headband!

This headband is so easy that it could be done on any type of sewing machine.  But beware, if you tell people that you have a sewing machine, you’ll likely be asked to repair piles of ripped pants.  At least that’s what happens to me.

Let’s Sew!

Easy, Recycled Flannel DIY Headband How-To

Cut your fabric into a rectangle 22″ by 4″. Flannel is great for this because it has built in guidelines for even cuts. If you’re making this for a little tot, you’ll want to cut the length down by a couple inches.

Easy, Recycled Flannel DIY Headband How-To

Fold the fabric in half and pin it down. Run a seam down the length of it about 1/4 of an inch from the edge.

Easy, Recycled Flannel DIY Headband How-To

Flip er inside out. 

Easy, Recycled Flannel DIY Headband How-To

Iron flat with the seam running down the middle.

Easy, Recycled Flannel DIY Headband How-To

Fold the end up about 1/2 inch, then do it again. Iron this flat. And do it on both sides.

I didn’t feel like making a trip to a craft store to buy elastic, so I made a trip to my bathroom and picked up a hair tie instead!  I’m sure someone has done this before but for the moment I felt like a total genius.

Easy, Recycled Flannel DIY Headband How-To

Stick an elastic hair tie under the fold and sew it closed. You’ll want to use a triple stitch or go over it a couple times to make sure it’s very secure.

Easy, Recycled Flannel DIY Headband How-To

And then do the same to the other side of the fabric! and DONE!

 Easy, Recycled Flannel DIY Headband How-To

Easy, Recycled Flannel DIY Headband
Rescue that old, ripped up flannel from a trip to the trash and make yourself a cute headband!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. Unwanted Flannel Shirt or other Piece of Fabric
  2. 1 Elastic Hair Tie
  3. Coordinating Thread
Instructions
  1. Cut your fabric into a rectangle 22″ by 4″. Flannel is great for this because it has built in guidelines for even cuts. If you’re making this for a little tot, you’ll want to cut the length down by a couple inches.
  2. Fold the fabric in half and pin it down. Run a seam down the length of it about 1/4 of an inch from the edge.
  3. Turn the fabric right-side-out.
  4. Iron flat with the seam running down the middle.
  5. Fold each end in a half an inch. Then do the same thing again so that each end is folded twice.
  6. Stick an elastic hair tie under the fold and sew it closed. Use a triple stitch or go over it a couple times to make sure it’s very secure.
  7. Then attach the other side of the fabric to the same hair tie using the same method.
Notes
  1. Don't limit yourself to flannel, lots of different fabrics would work for this.
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