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Tutorial: Fall Fabulous Knit Fabric Headband

Niina Kivelä

Guest Blogger: Christina Gossard

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Hi! Christina Gossard here.  I am excited to share how I made the headband I paired with my daughter’s Aspen Dress!  I had a little extra fabric and thought a wide stretchy headband would suit the style of the dress well.  So, I whipped it up right before we ran out for pictures and I just love how it turned out. Here is what I did!


 a piece of stretchy knit with good recovery (1/4 yard will be more than enough for any size, it just needs to be 6’’ long)

 a scrap piece of fabric for the rose

 a scrap of felt

 a needle and thread

 sewing machine


Main Headband- First measure around your child’s head where you would like the headband to sit and subtract 1.5”.  Cut a rectangle that measures 6’’ (L) x the number you just got (W)

Rose- 2’’L x 14”W

Felt- 1.5”L x 1.5”W

Time to sew!

Fold the main headband piece of fabric in half wrong side together so that the short ends are matched up. (The edges of the headband will be “raw” if you prefer for them to be finished you can do a rolled hem on the edge). Sew down the short side with a stretch stitch a using 1/4” seam allowance.


Press the seam open. Sew a gathering stitch 1/8’’ from the seam on both sides of the seam.

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Gather this area until it is 1.5”. Sew down the center and remove the gathering stitches. Now take your felt square and place in on top of the gathered area and attach it to the headband by sewing down the middle of the square. Set this part aside.


To make the rose, fold the piece of fabric in half, right sides together, so the long sides are matched up.  Sew with a 1/4” seam allowance. This will form a long tube. Turn it right side out and flatten it out with the seam in the center.


Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end. Gather one of the short ends of the tube.


Pull the gathers tight and begin rolling and wrapping the rest of the tube around the gathered area at the center.  Sew through all of the layers as you go.


When you get to the end, tuck the tail toward the bottom and sew it down. It will look like a little snail! To make it more rose-like, pull and roll the top edges of each layer down so it is more spread out and less symmetrical. When you are happy with how the rose looks, attach it to the felt square by tacking it in place at all four corners and through the center.


Now you are done!

You can share pictures of what you create with Little Lizard King Patterns at Little Lizard King Sewing Pattern Group over on Facebook.