Make your own sport headband in 5 minutes!

Going to the gym is a part of our every day morning routine.  For my daughter her understanding of the gym is a big playroom full of toys, snacks and playmates.  Her definition of exercise is going down the slide, and it makes no difference to her if she shows up in her track shorts or a skirt.  I still prefer dressing her like and athlete though.

I’m a group fitness instructor so I teach a cycling class a couple days a week and get my warrior pose in on the off days.  I would love to do more classes but our nap schedules only allow that much. We thrive on routine over here!

Lately I’ve been noticing my peeps showing up all decorated in these hip aztec or tie-dye printed headbands. Confession #1: I may or may not have felt a tiny bit envious. Confession #2: I apparently missed the front of this wave, but I’m hopping on while it’s still building and you can join too!

Many small businesses are selling these bands online with their own custom designs for about $8 each.  And they are super cute hip!  Not sure how you can check out without 4-5 of the different patterns in your cart!

I snagged a yard of lycra poly-spandex fabric on Girl Charlee. (referral link) and whipped one up for myself and and my daughter in no time.  We immediately wore them to the gym that day and didn’t even make it past the entrance without someone asking me for one! I still have enough fabric for about 10 more so you can just buy one from me or you can make your own.  They are really easy!

Read super easy.

Five-minutes-or-less easy.

{What you need}

*19″x6″ lycra spandex knit

*Matching thread

*Serger or sewing machine

*Stretch needle

A standard adult headband size is about 18″-20″.  This spandex knit has 65% stretch so I erred small and cut 18.5″x6″

Fold in thirds long ways, bringing the first fold wrong sides together.

Bring the top third over that first fold and tuck the raw edge under about 1/4″.  For all intents and purposes we are calling this view the wrong side.

Now fold it in half the other way, bringing the short ends together and right sides together.

Here’s another view. You can see I have the raw edge folded under on the top and bottom.

Now I am normally a pinner.  But we don’t want to pin this fabric and create any runs.  You could clip it but we are literally sewing 2″ and that is all!  So I make sure to line everything up exactly how I want it to feed through the serger. I bypass the knife so when I step on the pedal the needles grab the fabric before anything has a chance to shift.

If you are using a sewing machine select a zig-zag or stretch stitch, and remember we want to use a stretch needle when working with knits. Trust me!
Feed it through.
There are several ways to finish the ends.  You can clip them and apply fray stopper. I unraveled the ends and tied them off, then I also applied fray stopper for added assurance.

Turn it right sides out and press the seam for a finished look.  The band is about 2″ wide if you leave it folded in thirds…

and 5-6″ wide if you roll it out.  The edges are raw, but this fabric doesn’t fray, and they generally roll under.

So you can wear it wide turban-style or narrow.

My first run at it I sewed a tube so there were no raw edges and then hand-sewed the seam closed.  I like it better with the raw edges just like I showed you.  It’s light as a feather, more versatile, and no seam showing through on the top.

So what are you waiting for?  Go ahead and make yours now!

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