How to Make Baby Headbands for 2 Year Old Girls: 14 Steps
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Hooray for a hair-taming headband!

A cute way to keep your toddler's hair out of her eyes, paint tray or cereal bowl is to pop on an elasticized fabric headband. It's also an easy option -- certainly simpler than grappling with hairbrush, fiddly hair elastic and a squirming 2-year old. Best of all, you can make the headbands yourself, in as many different patterns and colors as your little one likes.


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    Measure across the top of your toddler's head by placing your finger on the starting point of a tape measure placed just behind her earlobe. Pull the tape measure over and across the top of the head to just behind the opposite earlobe. This measurement gives you the length of fabric needed for the headband. Write the length measurement on a piece of paper.
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    Estimate the desired width of the headband. A headband width of about 1 1/2 inches is fine for a 2-year-old, or choose a wider or narrower width if you prefer. Double the chosen width measurement and add a 1/2-inch seam allowance. So, for example, if your chosen width measurement is 1 1/2 inches, the final measurement becomes 3 1/2 inches. Write the width measurement underneath the noted length measurement.
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    Make a pattern for the headband by cutting a piece of thin paper, such as dressmaker's tracing paper, to your noted dimensions.
  4. 4
    Make a second paper pattern that is about 2 inches wide and approximately two-thirds of the noted length measurement. So for a length measurement of 15 inches, the second pattern piece should measure 10 inches long.
  5. 5
    Breathe sigh of relief. Calculus done.
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    Let your toddler choose some funky cotton or cotton blend fabric for her headband. You could use fabric scraps from your sewing basket, but 2-year-olds have discerning tastes, and your toddler might not appreciate those designer paisleys and florals as much as you.
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    Pin the two pattern pieces onto the chosen fabric. Cut out the fabric pieces.
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    Fold each of the fabric pieces in half with the right sides of the fabric facing inward. Stitch down the length of the two tubes of fabric using a seam allowance of about 1/2 inch.
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    Turn the small fabric tube inside out. You can do this by inserting a safety pin at one end and then pushing it inward and toward the other end until it emerges from the tube. Pull on the safety pin until the right sides of the fabric tube are turned outward.
  10. 10
    Press under a quarter of an inch at the open ends of the large fabric tube. Baste along each pressed edge. Turn the large tube inside out so that the right sides of the fabric are turned outward.
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    Cut a piece of 1/2-inch wide elastic about an inch longer than the small fabric tube. Insert a safety pin at one end of the elastic and thread it through the small tube.
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    Remove the safety pin and then place the end of the elastic and the end of the smaller tube about 1/2 inch into the larger tube. Secure by stitching along the folded and basted ends of the larger tube. Remove basting.
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    Place the large headband piece onto your toddler's head. Pull the elastic up at the back by scrunching up the fabric to gauge a snug fit.
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    Snip off any excess elastic and fabric from the remaining end of the smaller fabric tube, place into the open end of the larger tube and stitch to secure.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Dressmaker's tracing paper
  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Safety pin
  • Elastic

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