Hard to believe, but Fall is nipping around the corner and it will soon be time to bundle up a bit. The first thing I notice when the air begins to chill is that my ears are cold and Earwarmer Headbands are perfect for that little problem. They’re quick to make, take little fabric and they keep you away from the dreaded “hat head syndrome”. If you’ve never made an Earwarmer Headband before, they’ll quickly become one of your favorite things to sew!
Let’s start with a basic, yet still super-cute Earwarmer Headband tutorial from the Me Sew Crazy blog. Made from two layers of cozy fleece and totally washable, this will be your go-to for yoga class or running errands. Start by measuring around your head and adding four inches to the measurement. You’ll need one inch for seam allowances and three inches for overlap. From there you’ll cut out your fleece and head to the sewing machine.
Easy-peesy and quick, this Earwarmer Headband would be a great first make for a friend or family member learning to sew. Erin, designer of this Earwarmer Headband added piping for a little bit of boutique chic. Pick up a package when you buy your fleece or leave it off – your choice. Add a piece of hook and loop tape and basic sewing supplies and you’ll be ready to sew! Click here for Erin’s tutorial.
Next, let’s add a little pizazz now with a few super-cute embellishments. Over on the Delia Creates blog, designer/maker Delia went a bit beyond basic with a practical shape and some lovely bow and flower additions.
Delia used fleece for all her embellishments, but I think you could easily add in a few other materials, too. Try cutting those cute little flowers from wool or a ponte double knit. Neither will ravel and as Delia mentions, fleece is not always available in the color selection you’re after. I think you could use a bit of bling on here, too. Maybe a hot fix or glued rhinestone in the center of the flowers or forget the flowers and use a favorite vintage brooch for your Earwarmer Headband sparkle.
The charming super-sized bow Delia used to adorn one of her Earwarmer Headbands is super-cool. Think about options again here – print fabric, a contrasting solid or sparking organza. Even if you spend a little cash on your embellishments, this will still be a thrifty make. Just ¼ yard of fleece will make two headbands. Delia includes links to other Earwarmer tutorials she’s written for you, too.
For the closure on Delia’s headband, she used a button, but you can change this up if you’d like. Use hook and loop tape like our first headband or add a bit of elastic to join the ends and just slip the headband on. Delia’s headband is a single layer of fleece, but a double layer could be used, too. If you’re in one of the colder parts of the world, definitely go for the double layer! Click here for Delia’s tutorial.
So, getting back to the thrifty nature of this project – wouldn’t it make a great gift?! It may seem early, but when you’re making gifts there’s no such thing as early. Buy several pieces of fleece in coordinating colors, gather up a little bling and embellishing supplies and have an Earwarmer Headband gift making session one evening. Making a stack of cozy gifts will make you feel well prepared and, most of all, be joyously satisfying!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community.