Decorative Stitched Headband

Created By:

Stephanie Burwell

Skill Level: Intermediate

Nothing quite says Fall better than denim and leaves, so I decided to combine the two for a simple hard headband tutorial that can easily be customized to your liking.

The bonus is that you can totally use this as an upcycle project, like I did here with an old pair of my husband’s jeans.

Janome Supplies Required
Fabric and Notions Required

●      A hard headband shell like the one you will see below

●      Scrap fabric

●      Embroidery thread (optional)

●      Stabilizer ( depending on your fabric choice)

●      Scissors

●      Glue gun

●      2 pieces of ribbon that measures 1-2” wide and 3” long


Let’s start by measuring and noting the length and width of your headband.

Cut your scrap fabric based on  the following measurements:

Multiply your width measurement of the headband by 4.5”  and then add 4” to the length. ( these measurements will include the ½” seam allowance needed to sew).

Fold your cut fabric in half lengthwise with wrong sides together, and mark where your seams will be. ( you could also do this without folding your piece in half, but I found this way to be easier for me)

These markings will now be our guide for where to sew, as we will need to stitch between the lines marked.

If you are using thinner fabric, you can add stabilizer to the wrong side of your fabric at this step. This will make sure that your fabric glides easily as your machine goes to stitch the decorative stitches.


Using a Long Decorative Stitch, stitch between your markings trying to keep your spacing even. To do this, you can see below that I use my Quilting Guide Bar that came standard with my Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9450.

(For reference, the stitch I used was Long Stitch #9 which comes standard on my  Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9450)

This is totally optional, but I would recommend using embroidery thread when sewing as it will give you more of a silky look and a unique finish ( thread shown in the image above).

Here's how my fabric looks after sewing! How quick, cute, and neat is that!

Now we will need to get it ready to attach to the headband.

Fold your fabric with right sides together lengthwise, and sew along the raw edge.

Turn the fabric right side out, and press making sure the seam is in the center.

Create a knot in the center of your fabric, as shown below

Slide your headband shell through the bottom of the knot , and glue the fabric to the top.


At the ends, glue your ribbon pieces as shown below, keeping one of the finished edges along the raw edge of the right side of your fabric ( the intention here is to cover the raw edges of the fabric).

Fold the long sides in towards the back of the headband, gluing as you fold.

Then fold the short ends up towards the back as well.

Your finished headband should look like this!

For an extra flair, you could easily add some jewels like I did below - the possibilities are endless.

I hope you had fun creating this headband, and I can’t wait to see how you add your own touch!


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