Sew a quick DIY gift with this headband to keep your ears warm
Hey y’all, today I’m going to show you how to sew an ear warmer headband, including how to get a free pattern you can use to make this. Sometimes you just don’t want to wear a whole hat, but your ears still need help, and when that happens this is a perfect thing to wear. It is also easy to sew and makes a quick gift to sew for women (or men, this is totally unisex and I know some male runners that prefer something like this to a hat).
Want to make your own ear warmer headband? You’ll need:
- The pattern (see below for details)
- About 1/8 yard of inner fabric and outer fabric that stretch – stretch fleece, sweatshirt fleece, French terry and stretch plush or stretch faux fur are all good choices.
- a hand sewing needle and sewing machine
The free pattern is one size, for a head circumference of 21-23 inches. To get it, click your preferred option below.
Once you have the pattern, watch the video below or on YouTube here to see how to construct the headband. There is also a written instruction summary below the video.
Time needed: 15 minutes.
How to Sew an Ear Warmer Headband
- Print the pattern
Print the ear warmer pattern on a home printer. Remember to add the extension piece to the back of the piece. You can find printing instructions here.
- Cut your fabric
Cut one piece on the fold of the outer fabric and one on the fold of the inner fabric. Pay attention to the stretch direction.
- Sew long edges
Place inner and outer fabrics right sides together and stitch long edges with a stretch stitch on a sewing machine (serger is not recommended). Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance and leave 1 inch on each end unstitched.
- Trim seam allowances.
Trim the seam allowances to 1/4 inch. Don’t trim the ends where you didn’t stitch.
Turn the headband right side out
- Stitch ends
Stitch the outer fabric short ends right sides together, then the inner fabric short ends right sides together. Video above demonstrates this step.
- Finish gaps
Use a ladder stitch and the hand sewing needle to close the gaps left.