DIY: How to Sew a Printed Head Wrap

DIY how to tutorial

Level: Total Beginner

The transition between Spring and Summer can often summon bad hair days, as your poor locks suffer both wet and windy weather, and drier, fresh days. Enter the head wrap! This vintage-inspired wrap headband is perfect for covering up those questionable hair days, and for adding a pop of colour and style to an outfit on a drizzly day.

Read on to find out how to make your own!

How to Sew the Head wrap

You Will Need

  • 30cm/1/4yard Medium weight printed fabric
  • 20-gauge wire and clippers
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread

Cutting Your Fabric

Begin by cutting two pieces of fabric at approximately 13cm x 115cm (5” x 45”). If you are going to be using wire to reinforce the shape of the wrap, you need to cut this now too, two pieces at approximately 13-15cm (5”-6”).

Inserting the Wire

Place one of the wire pieces along the centre of the wrong side, of one of the strips of fabric, lengthwise and towards the top. Using a tight zig-zag stitch, sew the wire onto the fabric. Repeat this on the other end of one fabric strip. Layer the wired fabric strip on top of your non-wired strip, with the wired side facing down. Pin the two strips together.

Shaping the Ends

Shape and cut a point at each end of your strips. They don’t need to be exactly the same. You may need to readjust your pins or add more to keep the strips together.

Stitching the Head Wrap

Fold the strips in half and find the centre point. Measure 5cm/2” out from this, and begin to sew a straight stitch, with a 0.6cm/1/4” seam allowance.

Once you get to a corner, make sure the needle is in the down position and pivot the fabric so that the edge is parallel to the foot. Press the foot down and continue to sew. Lift again at the corner and pivot.

Again, press the foot down and sew, all the way around the strips, until you reach 10cm/4” before the starting point.

You will be left with a 10cm/4” opening. Through this, reach inside and turn the fabric right side out. Repeat for the other end.

To close the gap you have left, fold the edges inwards and pin the opening shut. Sew this closed by hand, or use a small, neat straight stitch to close this on your machine.

Iron the strip flat - and it is ready to tie!

Tying your New Head Wrap

You can wear the wrap with the knot above….

Or tied below!

We love this vintage-inspired look for Spring/Summer, and we’d love to see your makes. Be sure to comment below or tag us on social media @poundfabrics and use the hashtag #poundfabrics


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