Wanna make a rockabilly head scarf for your baby? Here’s how you do it

Guest post by Emily Brooker


I was in the middle of making a headband for my daughter when I started playing with the excess fabric and ended up making her a head scarf — I liked the result, but wanted to make a pattern so I could produce something a little more polished. Here’s what I came up with:

What you need

  • Stock board
  • Scissors
  • Fabric

How you do it

1. Fold a piece of stock board in half length-wise

2. Cut it out and open it up — this will be used just on the ends of strips of fabric so you can adjust the length as your baby’s head gets bigger without having to recut patterns

3. Take your piece of fabric and fold it length-wise with the right sidees touching — I chose to use two different fabrics that are complementary so the scarf will be reversible

4. Decide how long you want the scarf to be — you want the tail end of the pattern to be the excess

5.Trace your pattern and cut it out

6. Repeat the same steps with your second piece of fabric, making sure both pieces are about the same length. Note: I didn’t iron my fabric first, so I laid out my two pieces on top of each other and trimmed them so the edges would match exactly

7. Sew the two pieces of fabric together with the right sides touching — make sure to leave an opening in the tail end so you can turn it right side in by pulling all the fabric through the hole

8. Line up the seams once the correct fabric is on the outside

9. Iron the scarf flat

10.Top stitch the scarf for a more polished look

11. Tie it on your baby’s head and you’re finished!

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Comments on Wanna make a rockabilly head scarf for your baby? Here’s how you do it

  1. Really cute… My baby is two now, so the actual bandanas work for her… but she wont leave them in long at all. Haha… even a pony tail gets yanked after about an hour.

  2. This is adorable! I want to make one for my 5 year old who loves this sort of thing…How do I figure out how long to make the ‘tail end’? Sorry – I’m not very experienced with this sort of thing.

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