Rei Baby, who was born without luscious locks, is often mistaken for a boy. My preference for dressing her in navy only fuels this misconception. Although we received a wealth of headbands as gifts, they’re either too big or not quite right so I thought I’d make my own. And what I have created is the easiest knotted baby headband around.
What you will need is:
- A piece of stretch fabric that is 7cm wide and the length of baby’s head circumference + 15cm
- Matching thread
- Sewing Machine / Hand Needle
NOTE: When cutting your fabric make sure that the fabric stretches along the length of your cut. You can increase the width depending on how fat you want the finished headband – my finished headband is approximately 2.5cm wide.
1. Fold your fabric in half length ways, right sides together.
2. Using your sewing machine, stitch along the outer edge to create a seam. When stitching, remember to pull the fabric so it is stretched out, otherwise you will lose the stretch in your fabric.
3. Trim along the outer edge of the seam (although not necessary, I like to do this as it reduces some of the bulk). Turn the fabric strip right way out.
4. Fold your length of fabric in half and mark the centre point. If you want the knot to sit off centre mark a 2nd point to the right.
5. Using the 2nd point as a starting point, knot your fabric as many times as you like. For mine I made 3 knots.
6. Lay the headband out straight and trim the ends so the length is the same as your baby’s head circumference. Remember to keep your knot off centre when trimming the ends.
7. Fold the fabric at one end (the wider edge if there is one) inside about 1 cm. Iron this end flat.
And there you have it. Baby girl baldness, and subsequent gender confusion, cured.