DIY Repurposed Toddler Headband

I have a thing for headbands.  They can turn a bad hair day into super cute in less than five minutes, and that’s always a win in my book.  It doesn’t hurt that they usually come in fun prints, and are made in mini-me size!  The first thing I ever bought for my daughter {even before nursery decorating} was a headband that tied on the top in gray with little arrows.  Oh, my goodness it was adorable.  Unfortunately, it was also newborn size… something she quickly outgrew.  Another thing she quickly outgrew?  Those adorable onesies and dresses and leggings that come in sizes so small you can’t believe your almost two-year-old was that little!

I have seen some really fun ideas on reusing onesies and other outfits to make quilts on Pinterest, but Ashlyn’s great-grandmother already made her an adorable quilt and, let’s face it, I don’t have the hours to burn that it takes to make a full on quilt.  So I decided to take matters into my own hands and thought, Rather than buying headbands for my daughter and storing bag after bag of kids clothes for whenever Baby #2 comes along, why not upcycle some of those cute outfits into headbands?  Light bulb!

So here is an easy DIY to reuse all those baby clothes and turn them into something useful for the here and now, and something cute to boot!  This does require very beginner level sewing.  If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can absolutely do this by hand, so don’t worry.  It’s a very small piece of fabric, so it still won’t take you very long.

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DIY Repurposed Toddler Headband

What You’ll Need:

  • Baby Clothes
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Needle

First, choose the baby clothes you want to use.  You’ll need to be sure you can cut two pieces of 22″ fabric out for a toddler-sized headband.  Baby headbands you’ll need about 18″.  Most kids clothes are made of a super stretchy, knit material which is the perfect fabric for headbands.  You’ll appreciate a little give in the material when you tie the bow.  My daughter had this cute dress that she wore at about 9 months.  I absolutely loved the mint and polka dots, and thought it was a perfect candidate for repurposing.

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Once you’ve chosen your fabric, cut out two pieces of 22″ fabric about 2″ wide.  Because I used a dress, I cut the skirt away from the top and then cut out my 2″ wide piece.

Place your two strips of fabric on top of one another and cut each end so it is pointed then pin the two pieces of fabric together inside out.  You’ll notice my cuts are not perfectly straight. That’s completely fine.  All that matters is that you sew in a straight line later.

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Next, use a narrow zigzag stitch to sew your two pieces together.  I recommend starting a couple inches from the end of one point and making your way around to the other side being sure to backstitch at the beginning and at the end.  It is important to not completely close your stitch. Leave an unstitched portion about 1 1/2″ to 2″ wide so you can flip your fabric right-side out once you’ve sewn the two pieces together.

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Flip the fabric right-side out, then close the remaining unsewn portion from the outside by hand. I try to keep the section I have to sew by hand 3″ or so from the end of the fabric. This way, it will be hidden by the knot we’ll tie at the end.

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Once you’ve closed the small section by hand, iron it flat, tie the ends in a knot, and ta da! You have a brand new, cute headband for your little one without spending a dime!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  We would love to see your little ones decked out in their upcycled headbands, too! Tag us and use #saltandlifekids, and we might post your photo on our Instagram page!  Thanks for following along, and happy crafting!

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