How To Make Trendy Stretchy Headbands For Your Baby (3 DIY Headbands Ideas)

To make a DIY headband for your little bundle of joy doesn’t take much time, money, or supplies. All you need is good quality elastic or fabric, glue, flowers, buttons, and any other decorative items you want to use to make the headband look more adorable. To make the headband – you need to cut the fabric and wrap the edges together and glue it together to make your baby’s headband.

Have you seen those newborn photoshoots with a tiny baby with an oversized headband on her head? Don’t they look absolutely cute and adorable? Love it or hate it- it seems like the headband trend is here to stay and I, for one, absolutely love it.

Having a baby girl opens so, so many options for you. Be it the clothes, shoes, hair clips, headbands – you get so much variety in it (not that boys don’t have many options, but comparatively, there’s a lot more available for girls in the market).

Whenever I went shopping for my son, most of the clothes are kind of very similar to each other. It’s either in shades of blue, yellow, or black, but when you enter the girl’s section- you get hit by so many vibrant colors, different styles of clothing, print variety, and whatnot.

No matter how much you buy for your baby girl, it’ll always seem that you’re missing out on different styles and colors, and also, sometimes buying everything together can be a little heavy on the pocket.

So, some things like hair clips, stretchy headbands, dresses can be sometimes made at home at a much lower cost, and the best thing is you can customize it any way you want.

How to make stretchy headbands for babies and toddlers?

Before you start making headbands for your baby or toddler, know how much you need to cut the fabric according to your baby’s head size.

For reference:

AgeHead Circumference SizeHeadband Size
Newborn12 – 13 inches12”
0 –  3 months13 – 15 inches13”
3 – 6 months15 – 17 inches14”
6 – 12 months16 – 18 inches15”
1 – 3 years18 – 19 inches16”

Tip: For fold over elastic or fabric, cut ½” longer to allow for overlap. If you’re using tighter elastic, add ½ – 1” more to the current measurement for overlap.

No-sew flower headbands

A sleepy newborn is dressed up with a cute white rose headband and a cloth, for her newborn photoshoot.

These types of headbands are the easiest to make, in my opinion. It doesn’t take much time, and you can get plenty of different varieties and customization.

Things you’ll need

  • Soft, stretchy elastic or fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Flower for decoration


  • Cut the elastic to size using the chart above. Remember to add ½”for overlap.
  • You can also cut an additional 1.5” piece of elastic to cover up the overlap.
  • Bring the two ends of the elastic together.
  • Add a small dot of hot glue between the two ends to hold them together.
  • To cover the part where you used the glue, wrap the small piece of elastic around the overlap.
  • Add a small dollop of glue under both ends to hold it down onto the larger ring of elastic.
  • Add a small dollop of hot glue on top of the overlap on the shorter piece of elastic.
  • Stick the back of the fabric flower onto the dot of glue.

The same no-sew flower headbands technique can also be used by using a big button instead of a flower.

No-sew knot headbands

A happy and smiling infant girl is wearing a cheetah print knot headband.

Things you’ll need

  • Soft, stretchable fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun


  • Take a small stretchable piece according the size, mentioned in the table above, of fabric and make a knot on the top.
  • Glue the edges of the fabric and fold them together.
  • Glue to the knot corners to make sure it stays in place.

Easy-peasy, isn’t it?

Headbands with big bows

A newborn baby girl is laying on her back, dressed cute in a pink dress and a pink flowery headband.

Things you’ll need

  • 3 pieces of stretchable fabric
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine


  • Take 3 different pieces of the fabric- one for the band, one for the bow, and one for the bow knot.
  • Stitch the edges of the fabric in a way that the stitches stay inside.
  • Place the small bow knot fabric on top of the bow piece.
  • Attach the bow to the headband length piece.
  • Sew the band’s edges to give the headband a proper, finished look.

Once you know the basic technique of making a headband, you can make stretchy headbands in multiple styles like cloth headbands, elastic headbands with a carnation, crochet headband, a bandana headband.

You can also make stretchy knit headbands that even cover the ears of your baby. So, it can be used when it’s chilly outside.


How can I stop my baby’s headbands from slipping?

You can use velvet cloth or knit fabric for making headbands to stop them from slipping. You can sew in a velvet ribbon under the headband, and it’ll stay in place.

Are headbands safe for babies?

No matter how much adorable they look, headbands are not recommended to be used for a longer period of time. This is because it can cause damage to the baby’s hair root and even cause hair loss if used all the time.

Tight headbands can also cause a slight dent in the baby’s head as newborn heads are soft. Also, never put on headbands on your baby‘s head while they’re sleeping or without any supervision. It can slip down to their throat and cause suffocation.


So, there you go. You can make multiple varieties of different styles of headbands. You can either make them for your children or gift them to somebody, and if you think you’re really good at it, open an Instagram page and sell those goodies.

Also, comment down below, which type of headband is your favorite, and did you try making it at home yet?

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Located in India and a mother to a joyfully mischievous son, Kelin is the wife of the world’s most patient man and a busy homemaker. When she’s not busy cooking and running after her kid,  you can find her in a corner reading, or penning down words on her laptop. She believes the world will always try to instil ‘mom guilt’ in new mothers, but she goes by the maxim ‘a mother knows best'.

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