DIY Vintage Style Wire headbands

DIY Vintage Style Wire headbands

These gorgeous Vintage style wire headbands are a great seller at markets and people are always amazed to see them go on.  I call them my magic headbands.

It's possible to style them a number of different ways and don't slip off the wearers head, even on my super straight shiny hair.

I also sell them on this website if you happen to be in New Zealand.  Let me know if you have a particular colour request

Materials needed:

Free Optional Printable Pattern and instructions available here
• Fabric: 95x10cm for the large, 90x10cm for the medium 85x10cm
for the small
• Wire: I use a 0.70mm wire. You will need a maximum of 1 meter
per headband
• Wire cutters and pliers
• Thread
• Hand sewing needle
• Pins
• Glue (I use a hot glue gun) You could also stitch it on if you wanted to.
• A small strip of felt, approximately 1cm by 20cm
• A Sewing machine and iron are handy

This is the wire I use:

**Here is the link to the video version of the tutorial if you’d prefer to watch it.**


  • Cut out the fabric for the headband in the measurements listed in materials list. An optional free download is available here to print and cut out
  • Place the fabric in front of you with the right side up like this:
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  • Fold the fabric in half by taking the long side at the top to meet the long side at the bottom.  The fabric should now be half as thin, with the good sides facing each other.  Pin it together.     
  • Mark a gap in the centre of the open side of about 8-10cm wide.
  • Sew along the dotted line indicated in the picture above.
  • Make sure you back stitch, (or sew over the starting point a couple of times) at each ends. Turn the right the headband right side out. 
  • Once you’ve turned the band right side out, use something long and thin to poke out the corners so they are nice and sharp. This is where you will be glad you back stitched, otherwise it is likely to poke a hole in your corner if it isn’t well stitched.
  • Press the headband flat with an iron.

The Wire

  • Cut your wire to length.
Small headband: 83cm
Medium headband: 88cm
Large headband: 93cm  (*or 3cm longer than the pattern)
  • Start at one end, fold the wire over about 3cm. Use the pliers to hold the wire and twist it.
  • Repeat the same process at the other end.

The Felt

  • With the felt, cut two strips of about 1.5cm wide by 7cm
  • Lay the twisted end over the end of one of the felt strips
  • Lay a line of glue over the wire then fold the felt in half to cover the glue.
  • Repeat for the other end

Assembling the headband

  • Insert one end of the wire into the opening of the fabric. Thread until it reaches the end and repeat
  • with the other side.
  • Make sure your edges are still tucked in, and sew along the opening


Click here for the video on how to tie it

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