First, find some old t-shirts. Or buy some jersey knit. Either way works.
Then, cut your fabric into long strips. The thick headband strips are about 2 inches wide and
the narrow headband strips are about a 1/3 inch wide. You’ll need 5 long strips for one
Next, stack your 5 strips on top of each other and sew together at one end. (Or hand stitch
them or glue them.)
Now, pull on each strip of fabric so that they kind of curl on the edges.
Then lay your strips with the sewn edge up at the top (tape this down if that will help
you while braiding) and then split up the strips into 3 on the left side and 2 strips on the
Now, to create this 5 strand braid……..you’ll kind of be braiding on the left side and then braiding on the right. And then back and forth until you’re done.
But let me explain a little better.
First, you’ll work on the left side. So grab the strip all the way on the left (pic #1) and
cross if over the strip right next to it on the right(pic #2). Then grab the strip furthest to the
right of this section (pic #3) and cross it over one strip to the left (pic #4). Now grab the
middle of all 5 strips (pic #5) and bring it over the the right side (pic #6) so that you can start
braiding on the right side. Now you have your strips separated into 2 strips on the left and 3
strips on the right…….but opposite from the beginning.
Now, you’re going to do the same thing on the right side………just mirrored from what we did
the first time. So grab the strip all the way on the right (pic #1) and cross if over the strip
right next to it on the left (pic #2). Then grab the strip furthest to the left of this section
(pic #3) and cross it over one strip to the right (pic #4). Now grab the middle of all 5 strips
(pic #5) and bring it over the the left side (pic #6) so that you can start braiding on the left
**Something to remember: When you’re working on the left side or on the right
side……..you’ll always start with the strip on the outside. So if you’re working on the left
side……grab the strip all the way on the outside on the left. If you’re working on braiding on
the right side…….start with the strip all the way on the outside on the right.
So, start again from the very beginning and work on the left side again (pics #1-5) and then on the right side again (pics #6-10).
You’ll need to adjust the tightness as you go and may have to tighten individual strips here or
Keep on braiding and braiding……keeping the tension about the same all the way down.
When you get to the end (or as long as you need it)……..sew (or hand-stitch or glue) the
ends in place.
Then overlap the ends together and sew (or glue) in place.
Before attaching, remember that knit will stretch and the woven design allows for stretch. So
you want to make this headband smaller than your head so that it hugs your head and stays in
To finish it off (and cover up the ends), cut a rectangular piece of fabric that’s wider than the
ends that you’ll need to cover. Fold the side edges in……
And then stitch (or glue) one end on the inside of the headband.
Then wrap this piece of fabric around the headband, tuck the ends up……
And then stitch (or glue) this end down too.
And that’s it.
A nice and stretchy headband for you or a little girl you know.