5 DIY Baby Headbands and Bows

by: Jacqueline Weiss
Headbands and bows have always been a go-to accessory for babies, but the classic look is definitely having a moment right now. Here are five simple DIY tutorials parents can follow to ace the headband trend this spring.
baby wearing purple outfit and diy headband

If you've seen a baby girl birth announcement recently, browsed Instagram, or shopped on Etsy, you've probably see an adorable infant wearing an oversized headband or bow accessory. Whether you love it or hate it, the trend is here to stay.

While they may not have much hair just yet, a dainty baby headband can add an extra touch of sweetness to any newborn onesie outfit or photoshoot. The best part? You can easily DIY these headbands and they are completely customizable to your tastes and preferences. Plus, they are super simple to make and are very affordable. They also make a unique and personal DIY gift, and you can even make a matching one for mom!

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Whether you’re in your nesting phase or have already welcomed your little one, these DIY headbands are a super adorable way to keep growing hair out of their face while also adding a touch of flair or personality. These five tutorials are quick and customizable, and you may already have some of the supplies from previous DIY projects.

No Sew Flowers

Make a statement with these classic flower headbands from Practically Functional. You can decide to mix or match the colors of your flower and elastic to create a uniquely personal look.

Materials

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Soft, stretchy elastic
  • Fabric flower

Directions

  1. Cut your elastic to size, adding about ½” for overlap. Cut an additional 1.5” piece of elastic for covering the overlap.
  2. Bring the two ends together, overlapping about ½”, and add a dot of hot glue to hold the two ends together.
  3. Wrap the shorter piece of elastic around the overlap and add a small dot of hot glue to hold it down, with the seam of the shorter piece on the shiny side.
  4. Add a dot of hot glue on the seam, sticking the back of the flower onto the glue.

Stretchy Knit Headband

If it’s a bit chilly out, this thick headband from A Beautiful Mess also covers your little one’s ears, and is perfect if they have a lot of hair to hold back.

Materials

  • Stretch knit fabric (medium weight)
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler

Directions

  1. Using the rotary cutter, cut a 5” wide strip of fabric that is ½” longer than the circumference of your baby’s head.
  2. Fold the long edges together into the middle, using your hot glue gun to attach them, leaving you with a long tube.
  3. Stuff one end into the other and glue them together.
  4. Cut a ¾” wide and 3” long piece of fabric and repeat step 2.
  5. With the seam side facing inward, fold the smaller tube around the front of the headband, and repeat step 3.

Trendy Knots

Grab your sewing machine and some old printed t-shirts for this super trendy tutorial from How Does She. You’ll want one for yourself, too!

Materials

  • Pattern
  • Old t-Shirt or desired fabric
  • Sewing supplies

Directions

  1. Print and cut out the free pattern, and tape the two pieces together.
  2. Place the pattern on the folded seam, cutting two pieces using the pattern.
  3. Put one on top of the other with the pattern sides facing inward.
  4. Zig zag stitch using a sewing machine at ¼” around the headband pieces. Back stitch, and leave ½ - ¾” opening to turn the headband right side out.
  5. Shape the headband and press with an iron to smooth out any bumps.
  6. Tie the ends of the band into a knot.

Quick No-Sew Bows

There’s no sewing required for these super simple bows from Momma Society that are the perfect accessory for your little lady.

Materials

  • ½” Double Fold Bias Tape
  • Fabric scissors
  • Nylon headbands
  • Hot glue gun

Directions

  1. Lace the bias tape through the headband, folding the bias tape ⅓ down.
  2. Grab the long end of the bias tape, wrapping it up and around your fingers and wrap it back through the headband.
  3. Push it up and through the middle loop where you fingers are.
  4. Pull it through and adjust to create the perfect bow.
  5. Trim the edges of the bias tape, and put a small dot of hot glue between each folded end to prevent fraying.

Mini Turban

Turbans have been super trendy lately for little ones, but if you’re not quite ready to splurge on a designer one, this DIY one from Charmed by Ashley does the trick!

Materials

  • Pattern
  • Jersey cotton fabric
  • Sewing materials
  • Hair donut

Directions

  1. Thread the needle along the curved edge of the pattern, leaving ¼” on the side, cinching as you weave.
  2. Sew through the center gap in the middle, hitting each pleat in an x pattern to keep it together tightly, making sure no raw edges are showing on the outside.
  3. Leave as is, or wrap fabric around the donut, gathering all raw edges on one side, keeping them as flat as possible.
  4. Sew the fabric down into the donut on the raw side.

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