Knot Headband Tutorial

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How to make a Knot headband


These are pretty easy to make, just a little time consuming.

You can make them using cotton or silk, but something with a bit of weight to it. Interfacing can be used to strengthen the fabric, or you can add tulle netting to give it more shape.



You will need:

  • Fabric 36″ x 6″ strip, plus extra if you want to include the bow
  • Headband
  • Bias binding ribbon, or plain ribbon slightly wider than the headband
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • pins & sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Optional: A sewing machine, alternatively you can hand sew
  • Optional: Tulle or interfacing to give the fabric more weight


  1. Cut out fabric. You need a 36″ x 6″ strip. If you want a wider headband, make the fabric wider. If the fabric needs more weight, interface it now.
  2. Optional, cut out bow. You will need to cut 2.


3. Fold over the strip of fabric, lengthways and pin together. And pin the 2 bows right sides together.


4. Stitch down the raw edge of the strip of fabric, to create a tube. If you want to add more volume, put a strip of tulle/ netting into the tube now. Stitch the sides of the bow together and leave a gap to turn inside out.

You can hand sew this or use a sewing machine if you have access to one.

5. Turn the fabric tube inside out/ the right side out. Turn the bow the right way around too. You can use a pin to pull the corners out. Sew up the hole in the side of the bow.


6. Attach the bias binding/ ribbon to the inside of the headband. I use double sided tape, you can use glue etc. Pin the ribbon over the band ends.

7. Tie the fabric tube onto the headband, using a simple knot. This is when you insert the bow into the knot.

8. Arrange and pin the fabric onto the headband. Take your time in arranging the fabric into the desired look. Add pleats into it too.


9. Hand sew the fabric to the ribbon headband. Try to stitch the fabric only to the ribbon and not accidentally sew through to the other side. Make sure to stitch the knot and bow in place.