When you’re looking for a cute baby gift, this top knot headband is so quick and easy to make! They can be made with a minimal amount of knit fabric and OF COURSE, an UPCYCLED T-SHIRT!
Choose fabrics that have good stretch to them. These top knot headbands are cute made up of solid colors or prints. I’ve been known to buy shirts, dresses, and skirts for the fabric to make other things with. In fact, I do it all the time, especially clothing on clearance racks! So be on the lookout in your closet and on clearance racks for some cute stretchy fabric that you can make headbands or other baby clothing with.
Choose fabrics that have good stretch to them. These top knot headbands are cute made up with solid colors or prints. I’ve been known to buy shirts, dresses, and skirts for the fabric to make other things with. In fact, I do it all the time, especially clothing on clearance racks! So be on the lookout in your closet and on clearance racks for some cute stretchy fabric that you can make headbands or other baby clothing with.
Make sure you are checking out my SEWING PATTERN STORE, where you’ll find a big handful of other things you can make for babies.
These topknot headbands look adorable on babies, toddlers, and even adults. They can be made to fit ANY SIZE HEAD, just follow the head measuring instructions to get a perfect fit.
You can make these headbands using a regular sewing machine; serger or you can even sew them by hand. If you don’t have a sewing machine, be sure to check out my HANDSEWING tutorial where I show you how to sew a stretch stitch by hand.
Top Knot Headband Materials & Items Needed
- Sewing machine/Serger (optional)
- Scissors/Rotary Cutter-Mat
- Knit Fabric or UPCYCLED KNIT CLOTHING
- Pins/Fabric clips (optional)
- Measuring tape
- Turning stick
The best way to get the correct size is to measure the head you are making the headband for. If that’s not possible, refer to the Average Head Circumference Chart. Knit fabric will stretch to fit a wide variety of heads sizes in that range so don’t be too stressed about it!
Using a measuring tape, measure the widest part of the head. Write that measurement down.
Cut a strip of knit fabric (6-8 inches/15.5 cm x HEAD MEASUREMENT)
Feel free to alter the thickness of the headband. You may want a thicker, bulkier, or even a thinner headband. It’s all your preference and you can cut them out accordingly.
Make sure you cut out the strips with the stretchiness of the fabric for the widest part.
Upcycled t-shirts work really well
SEWING TOP KNOT HEADBAND
SEAM ALLOWANCE IS 3/8 INCH
Use a lightning bolt stitch, a small narrow zigzag stitch, this is so the seams won’t pop and break when the fabric is stretched, or you can use a 3-4 thread serger.
Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise. Sew along the unfinished edge. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.
Turn right side facing out using a turning stick or the eraser end of a pencil.
Align the seam so it is in the center of the headband.
Take the short ends and tie a very loose knot.
Place the shorts ends Right Sides Together and with the seams lined up. Using a regular straight stitch, sew along the unfinished edge using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. (Basically the edge of your presser foot). Trim seam allowance.
I love this method because there is NO SEAM on the back of the headband, therefore making it so much more comfortable to wear.
Slide the knot down so it covers the seam you just made. Adjust the knot how you want it and you’re finished!
Tadah! Now wasn’t that simple!
I hope you have fun making these top knot headbands as much as I do.