Ribbon + Rubber Band Headbands

I made this project forever ago, but I wanted to go back and take some pictures of the rubber bands and show you how to make the knot before I posted this because that's basically the only even remotely difficult part of this... and I think "difficult" is stretching it! But I LOVE these headbands - they were basically free (all stuff I had on hand and none of it expensive), they fit me perfectly, they took about 5 minutes to make, I got to use some of my favorite ribbons, and I can wear them with everything!

Also, I still really can't sew AT ALL and so if I can do this, anyone can... I thought about having Bella try it just to prove it, but she wanted to eat the thread whenever a scrap hit the floor, so I decided not to go that route... : )

  • Ribbon (I prefer grosgrain)
  • Candle + lighter (or something to singe your ribbon)
  • Needle and thread (and scissors)
  • 2 hair rubber bands/ponytail holders
  • Measuring tape (a ruler will work too - you can just cut a long strip of ribbon, measure it around your head and cut to size)

I first made my little knot of rubber bands because I needed to know how long that was in order to measure the ribbon. The rubber band is this part of the headband:

So you want to grab two rubber bands (for the headbands I wear, I used two black ones, but wanted different colors to show you how to make the knot... thus the different colors) and pull one sort of under and through the other one. It's super-simple, but sounds complicated... so I recommend looking at these pictures! (And if anyone knows what this knot is called... I feel like I've heard it called something, but can't figure it out now... please let us all know!)

Basically, the blue is under the yellow and then you pull the blue up through the yellow...

Then, just pull both ends tight...

The whole process just looks like this:

Now that you have that knot done, you'll want to measure your head around where you want to wear the headband. Don't try to measure too tightly so that you can't open your eyes or have a headache later, but you do want it to be fairly tight. Use that total and subtract the length of your rubber band from your head size. Then add about two inches to that and that is how long you cut your ribbon. This is sort of a trial and error thing - I have one headband that I think is too small, but I'm sure I'll figure out something to do with it! I STRONGLY recommend you put some straight pins in there to hold it before you sew and then try it on to figure out the right length for you. 

After you cut your ribbon, singe the ends. I used a mistletoe candle (because I did this close to Christmas time, haha)...

Then you just wrap one end of your ribbon through one end of your rubber band knot and sew it in place! You could use hot glue, but I wanted to make sure mine would stay put because you obviously have to pull this thing wider to get it on your head, so it has to be pretty durable... because I was worried I also sewed this thing like crazy... probably far more than any normal person would or should....

Luckily, no one will ever really see this, so if you can't sew and make it all pretty, it doesn't matter (which is the only way I'll ever attempt to sew anything)! Repeat that for the other side of the rubber band knot with the other end of the ribbon...

And ta da! You have a ribbon headband made with scraps and done in five minutes!

I liked it so much, I made two more...

In case you were worried that they didn't look pretty on, I modeled it for you... in other news, it's exceedingly difficult to try to take pictures of the top of your head, so excuse how oddly angled they are... these were the best of quite an embarrassing number of tries!

I'll be linking up to a few of my favorite conferences!


  1. That looks super easy and ca-yute!!!! I love it!!!


  2. Cute and simple! My kind of project!

    I'd love it if you would
    link up over at the glitter party! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/03/weekly-tues-thurs-link-party.html

  3. Oh!

    I wanted to use some of the fancier ribbon I have to make something. Now I know what I'm doing!

  4. Found your blog from sassy sites! Love the bands, Very simple and so nice to make. Love the idea. Hey I have a cute skirt you might like for a giveaway and I would love if you visited my blog!


  5. Must try this one with my daughter! Thanks for sharing. Met you on the mad crafts linky. Your newest follower. I hope you can come and visit me sometime:)

  6. First of all, I love your blog name. Kind of wishing I had though of it! Also, love that your comments are peer reviews. Found you over at Every Crafty blog. Thanks for sharing these cute headbands! :)

  7. man! I love your blog. found you at Every Craft Endeavor and I'm glad I did. such simple directions. so awesome.
    the dragons fairy tail

  8. Great idea! So easy!

    I am your newest follower :)

  9. I think this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing it on WFMW. i can even do this one. I have a Bella too. Now, if I could just get her to wear headbands! :)

  10. Very cute! I have all kinds of pretty ribbon that I've hoarded and have no idea what to do with. I also have a little girl that loves headbands. Thanks for solving one stashbusting dilemma! :)

  11. This is a really great idea! I have such a hard time with headbands because they're always too big and slip off. This way, I can make them extra small just for me!

  12. I LOVE this! Its PERFECT for you to Link up at my Linky PAR-TAY,

    Whassup Wednesday!!!

    And I have a party button you can grab so your friends can come too:)



  13. I love headbands and this looks like a super easy way to make one! The black and white one was really nice!

    And of course it's ok if you write i n english in my blog! It's my second language! :)


  14. Great idea! I have made 60 headbands in the last 2 weeks! Not like yours but I will have to try this!


  15. Genius! I can't say anything more I am all over this idea!

  16. Love this! I am planning to make a bunch of these as soon as possible. I have a bunch of ribbons I would like to use for headbands, but hated just having to tie them, using the ponytail holders was just genius!

  17. Ohh what a great idea. I can make them to match any outfit, even my work uniform. That rules in all ways! Thank you for posting at the beagle.

  18. These are great. I bookmarked to make later:)

  19. What a GREAT idea! And they are super easy to make. You could make headbands to match anything. Thanks for linking up to Creation Mondays @ ~The Life of Me~!

  20. Wow this is such an awesome idea! Love the simplicity and what a great way to stash bust some ribbon! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

  21. really cute!
    very simple AND practical. I love a good headband

  22. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Great idea! I'm going to make one for my daughter :)

  24. My daughter needed something for her hair as we were about to walk out the door for church on Sunday. I did not have a matching bow, so I quickly grabbed my ribbon and glue gun. In 3 minutes she had a fabulous new headband thanks to your smart thinking. Brilliant.

  25. Do you ever have problems with them slipping off? I can never find headbands that stay on my head. I may try this as a team thing for my daughter's soccer team.

    1. You could run a strip of hot glue along the back of the ribbon to keep it from slipping. The stuff you use to line cabinets/drawers that is kinda foam-y also works really well, if you can figure out what I'm talking about lol.

  26. Fantastyczny pomysł! Dziękuję za kurs =}

  27. Great idea =) i also have a pimp your ribbon post on my blog. go and have a look =)


  28. So gonna try this :D Check out my blog inluvwithcrafts.blogspot.com

  29. Can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

  30. Wow! Some fabulous rubber band headbands collection in here and that's pretty good for new look. But one thing I just wanna say that normally the color combination has been very good but if mix up more color combination then this will be mine blowing collections and young girl will be crazy for this. So lets see what happen for this and hope that positive result will come:)
    loom bands

  31. This is great! I tried making a headband several years ago with a wide ribbon and a short piece of elastic (only 2 cm), and it failed miserably. This tutorial salvaged my pretty ribbon from the 'crafts-gone-wrong' pile. Thanks!!

  32. Cow hitch is the name of the knot. Thanks for the idea!


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