Step 1: Get my free DIY button headband pattern
My free DIY Button Headband Pattern (Design #208) comes in several formats. You can get a printable PDF for cutting by hand, or an SVG cut file for cutting with a Cricut or another cutting machine. My pattern collection has everything you need to make two different styles of headbands, both with buttons so you can secure a face mask in place. Download the DIY button headband pattern collection from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post), or click here!
Here’s what the printable headband patterns look like after you download and print it (yes, you’ll need to tape two pieces of paper together to complete the tie headband pattern).
Tip: See this tutorial to learn what it means to “Cut On Fold.”
And here’s what the DIY button headband SVG cut file will look like once uploaded to Cricut Design Space:
Tip: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
If you’re new to cutting fabric on a Cricut Explore or Maker, check out my how to cut fabric with Cricut guide!
Important Note: If you’re using the pattern with marked seam allowances, you’ll also want to make sure to change the inner line of each headband piece from “Cut” to “Draw” in the Linetype menu and then select both the line and the fabric layer and click Attach. Watch this video to learn how to change draw lines and attach.
Here’s what the prepared SVG looks like once the marked seam allowance lines are ready to go:
Step 2: Cut out your DIY button headband pattern pieces from fabric
There are two different styles to choose from – the Simple Headband uses elastic at the base and the Tie Headband uses wire at the front to twist the ends together.
If you’re cutting the headband by hand, just print out the printable PDF, cut out each piece as directed, and use it to trace the patterns onto your fabric. Once you’ve traced the shapes, measure in 3/8″ on all sides and mark (for seam allowance) and cut out your fabric.
Tip: If you plan to make a LOT of these headbands, print out your patterns on cardstock for tracing!
If you’re cutting this DIY headband on a Cricut Maker: Place your fabric right side down on a pink FabricGrip cutting mat. Load your rotary blade and fabric marker into your Cricut machine, load your mat, and press the flashing button to begin your cut.
If you’re cutting this headband on a Cricut Explore, you must bond your fabric first. To bond your fabric, cut a piece of freezer paper the same size as your material and adhere the shiny side of the freezer paper to the wrong side of your fabric by pressing with an EasyPress or iron for 30 seconds at 350°F. Once your fabric is bonded, place the bonded fabric freezer paper side DOWN on your cutting mat (you can use the pink mat or a green mat), load your regular fine point or bonded fabric blade in (both will work), put in your Cricut fabric marker (optional), load your mat, and press the flashing button to begin your cut. When done with your cut, remove the cut pieces from the mat and peel off the freezer paper.
Step 3: Pin and baste your ribbon/elastic to one side of your DIY Button Headband
For the Simple Headband, cut two 12″ pieces of ribbon or 1 4″ – 6″ piece of elastic (depending on how snug you want your headband).
Pin one ribbon/elastic to one side of your inner fabric layer about 3/8″ down, like this:
… or …
Tip: Put a pin in halfway down the the length of the elastic/ribbon to avoid having it moving while sewing — you don’t want to catch it accidentally.
Baste ribbon/elastic in place with a sewing machine or needle & thread.
For the Tie Headband (with wire bow), you may need to first sew the two pieces of your headband at the base to form a long strip like this if you cut this on a cutting machine (if you cut it by hand, you can skip this step):
Do this for both sides.
Next, cut 36″ of 20g-22g wire, bending at each end to form a loop, measuring about 31″
Note: You can also double the wire to 72″ and fold over for a tighter hold. You can also wrap some floral tape or scrap fabric and glue around the end of the wire to avoid poking through your headband.
Step 5: Sew your DIY headband halves together
After you’ve finished cutting out your headband pieces (either pattern), place your outer fabric layer on top of your inner fabric layer, right sides together, like this:
Take your fabric pieces and line up the two halves, right sides together, and sew along the outer edges, attaching the two pieces together, using a 3/8″ seam allowance.
Make sure to leave about 2″ – 3″ space along one side or one of the ends open to turn it inside out. Here is the simple headband sewn around the edges, with the left end left open:
Clip each corner to reduce bulk.
Carefully turn your DIY headband right side out and poke any corners.
Tip: Having problems getting the corners straight? Poke them from inside with the end of your scissors.
Iron your headband for crisp edges:
For the Simple Headband, turn in and enclose the hole that is not sewn, like this:
Insert the free end of your elastic to the unsewn end and pin it in place (if you’re not using elastic, just put the other ribbon in the unsewn end instead)
Tip: Pin the elastic in place and try it on to be sure it fits well. If it’s too loose, tuck more of the elastic in before you sew it.
Carefully sew the end of the headband closed, being sure to do a backstitch at the start and end to keep it secure.
Once it’s all sewn up, iron the edges of your headband again for a nice, crisp appearance and better fit.
For the Tie Headband, insert your cut and bent wire, making sure each loop is resting nicely at each end.
Turn in and enclose the hole that is not sewn.
I found it helpful to pin it in place.
Carefully sew around the side closed, being sure to do a backstitch at the start and end to keep it secure.
Once it’s all sewn up, iron the edges for a nice, crisp appearance and better fit.
Step 6: (Optional) Sew buttons onto your headband
If you’d like to add buttons to your headband to help you keep a face mask on your face more comfortably, this is when you do it!
First, put the headband on your head along with your face mask and mark the position on the headband that seems the most comfortable for you to have buttons. We marked some suggested placements on the PDF printable version of the pattern if you need a starting point.
To sew your buttons, get a length of 24″ thread, thread your hand needle, tie it at the bottom, place the button into position on the headband, and bring your threaded needle up from the underside of your headband into and through one of the holes in the button. Now sew down into and through a different hole. Repeat this 8-10 times, being sure to sew each hole in the button. When done, double knot the thread on the underside of the headband and snip off the excess thread.
Here’s where the Simple Headband’s buttons could go:
And here’s where the Tie Headband’s buttons could go:
Congratulations! You made an easy headband to go with your DIY face mask!!