easy DIY felt wrapped headband

So if you’ve ever read my blog before you know I love to sew for my almost 3-yr-old daughter, but I’ve never really ventured into the world of making hair accessories for her. I think it’s about time, right? I know there are plenty of tutorials for pretty headbands and flowers clips, etc., but I wanted to try something just a little different. I wanted something understated with a sophisticated feel. I kept this headband really simple, but it has a very pretty texture. This would be a great project for a girl scout or young women’s group – it’s easy, inexpensive, cute enough for little girls and grown up enough for teens.

Cute DIY felt wrapped bow headband - this would be great for a girl's craft activity!


All you need is a headband, some wool felt, and a hot glue gun. I got my headband in a 2-pack at the dollar store, and sometimes you can even find 4-packs there, making this a cheap project for groups.


I used wool felt, which is more expensive than craft felt, but will hold up much nicer. (Joann’s carries a couple different varieties of wool felt – I used the cheaper variety – you’ll find it on a bolt, not in sheets). One eighth of a yard would probably do 3 or 4 headbands, and will only cost a dollar or two.

Headband and Felt strip

Start by cutting a strip of felt the entire length of the fabric (it will be about 24 inches long). You can use any width you’d like – mine was about 3/4 of an inch wide…although I didn’t measure. I used a rotary cutter to get a nice even edge.

Place a dot of glue on one end of the headband inside and secure one end of your felt strip to it at an angle. Then put some glue on the outside of the headband and start wrapping the strip around, at an angle, barely overlapping each time you wrap. Try to tuck the end of the strip under so it looks tidy, like you can see below.

cover headband with felt

Keep gluing and wrapping. If you get to the end of your felt strip, just cut a new one and hide the “seam” inside the headband.

how to cover headband with felt

Finish off as shown:

how to make felt wrapped headband

Fold the corner of felt you can see in the 2nd picture back over the headband and tuck it in.

pretty yellow headband

I thought it looked very pretty plain, especially for a teenager or adult, but since this one was for a little girl I added a bow.

tutorial for covering headband

Easy! Start to finish in about 15 minutes.



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