Happy Wednesday! Today I’m sharing how to make your own wire headband without having to sew a stitch. This DIY is inspired by messy hair days and all those times that you just don’t want to do your hair (or wash it, which, though I am embarrassed to admit it, is usually the case for me). Since going back to short hair a couple years ago, and giving up the ability to just put my hair in a messy bun, headbands have become one of my favorite hair accessories.
This project makes good use of those random scraps of fabric you may have stuffed in a basket. And if you don’t sew and don’t have extra fabric laying around, this is an excuse to buy a yard of a pretty print and make headbands for you and your bestie. I picked up this gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. fabric at my local fabric shop and made a dress with in (which I’ll be sharing soon) and ended up with these long random scraps that I just couldn’t bring my selfing to tossing.
Want to make your own no-sew wire headband? Watch the video below to see just how easy they are to make!
DIY No-Sew Wire Headband
- Fold the 6″ x 32″ piece of fabric in half lengthwise. Use scissors to trim both ends at an angle, making sure to cut through both layers of fabric each time.
- Open the folded fabric and fold the entire edge in about ½”. Pin into place* and then press with an iron.
- Remove pins and fold the fabric in half lengthwise. Use fabric glue to glue the edges together, aligning the ironed edges as you go. Be sure to leave of the short ends open to insert the wire.
- While the glue dries, cut a piece of 18 gauge wire that’s approximately 36″ long. Create a loop at each end, about 2″ down and wrap the short end of the wire around the longer piece. Repeat this with the other side.
- Use scrap of fabric to create padding for the headband by wrapping them around the wire and gluing the ends secure.
- Insert the fabric wrapped wire into the open end of the headband. Glue the short end closed, lining up the edges. Allow the glue to dry completely and your new headband is ready to be worn.
*A Note About Pins
Whenever I’m sewing I use glass head pins rather than plastic head pins. That way when you iron you can iron right over them without having to remove them or worry about them melting. If you are using straight pins with plastic heads, be sure to remove them before pressing the fabric.