Sunday, June 15, 2014

Nautical Headband Tutorial

As most of you know, I run a small Etsy shop named Ashes and Lace.  I love creating cute accessories and have realized its really a stress outlet for me.  I'm most creative when I don't have time to be... or when I should be working on something else:)  I've turned my attention to headbands and feel like I've really found my niche, but because there is so many headband shops out there right now, I'm constantly looking for ways to improve my shop and stand out above the crowd.  (ok now I'm singing that song from "A Goofy Movie".  Does anyone remember that show?)

 I've made lots of different styles of headbands and found that I LOVE working with jersey knit material.

So today I decided to share a tutorial with you on how to make the popular sailors knot headband.  Or if you decide you don't want to go through all that trouble, you can just buy one from my shop HERE. ;)

Ok to start off you will need:
  • jersey knit material (if you have an old tshirt you don't want anymore, you can use the material from that.  Go green!)
  • Scissors
  • sewing machine (or thread and needle for hand stitching)
  • measuring tape
Lets get started!  Measure your head and then add three inches.  My head is 21" so the length of my fabric will be 24".  I generally cut my knit so it's 3" wide, but you can cut it wider or smaller depending on what you like best!  You will cut 2 strips.  

Then I usually pull on the knit to make it curl up a bit.

From here, you will begin to make the sailors knot.  It's kind of hard to put into words but easy when you see a picture, so I took step by step pictures of this process.  If you don't understand what I'm saying, just look at the picture... or you can always leave me a comment on what you don't understand.

Ok so take one of you strands and make a loop like shown below.  Make sure to pay attention to which side is under and which side is on top.

From here, take your other strand and make it into a U.  Placing it under the bottom strand and over the other side of the strand.

Now take the left side of the U and place it under your first circle.

The next part might look a little tricky but it's really not.  or "knot"  hehehehe!  I'm so cheesy!
Take the right side of the U and go over the first strand, under the the U tail and over the circle part of the strand again.  ( I told you, it might just be easier to look at the pictures than try to comprehend what I'm writing!)  

Now all you gotta do is pull the ends tight and it will tighten your knot.  I use to pull it really tight, but now I like to keep it a little looser to make the knot bigger.  
The ends of your strands might me uneven from here.  Just play with it until you get them even... loosen your knot a bit and pull on one side a little more than the other.

You should see your sailors knot now! Woohoo you did it!
Ok now to finish off the headband!  Decide what look you like best... do you want the rolled side to be showing or do you like the smooth side better.
This is a pic of the rolled sides showing.

This is what it will look like with the smooth side showing.

Gather your ends together and go to your sewing machine or hand stitch your ends.

Try on your headband and your done!  Easy Peasy!  Now you know how I make my Sailors Knot Headband!

Hope this made sense!  If you have any questions, please ask and I'll try to clear it up as best as I can!


  1. Love the headband.. and the the photo of your daughter is adorable!!

  2. So cute! Looks fairly simple to make as well. You did an excellent job of showing and explaining :)
    Your baby girl is adorable!

  3. You are so clever! This is a darling headband.

  4. Thank you very much for the sharing! COOL.. Skinnluer