Knit Headband with Knot Materials

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Knit Headband with Knot


  • 1 strip of knit (50% stretch) 7 inches wide and 29 inches long, pre-washed. The 50% stretch should be along the 29 inch length.

  • Scissors

  • Ball point pins and sewing machine needle

  • Yardstick or ruler to measure stretch of knit

Construction Techniques:


  1. Check the % stretch of your knit as follows:

  1. At the fabric store take the bolt of fabric and fold the knit fabric, parallel to and about 12 inches from the cur edge.

  2. With thumbs and forefingers, grasp a 10-inch section of the knit at the folded edge. Stretch the knit as far as it will readily stretch. Measure that distance.

  3. If the 10 inches of knit fabric – stretches to 12 ½ inches, the % stretch is 25%; 15 inches is 50%; 17 1/2% inches is 75%; 20 inches is 100%

  4. NOTE: Check all knit patterns carefully for the % stretch to use for that pattern. The size of the finished garment will decease or increase depending upon if the % stretch of the knit is less than or greater than indicated on the pattern, respectively. For example, you wear a size 10 shirt and the pattern calls for knit with 25% stretch. If you use a knit with 50% stretch, your skirt will be a size 12 because of the stretch of the fabric. For each 25% different from what the pattern recommends, our garment will be one size either larger or smaller than desired.

  1. Determine the right side of the fabric.

  2. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together.

  3. Pin the cut edges together every two inches.

  4. Stitch along the cut edges with a ¼-inch seam allowance, stretching the fabric slightly while sewing.

  5. Seam finish to keep single knits from running and to provide extra strength since the band will be stretched numerous times. Stitch both edges together 1/8 inch from the first stitching in the seam allowance.

  6. Press the seam flat, then press it to one side.

  7. Turn the knit tube to the right side. (Use a large safety pin or a tube turner tool.)

  8. Position the seam so it will be in the center of the tube on the inside of the headband.

  9. Press to make creases on both edges of the tube with the seam in the center.

  10. Tie a loose half knot in the knit tube.

  11. Pin the ends of the tube, right sides together. Make sure the tube did not get twisted and that the seams are on the “wrong” side of the finished headband.

  12. Stitch across the ends.

  13. Seam finish by stitching 1/8 inch from the first stitching in the seam allowance.

  14. Trim seam close to the second stitching.

  15. Rotate the knot up to the seam. This seam can be concealed within the knot.

  16. Try on the headband.

  17. If it is too loose, determine how much fabric should be removed.

  18. Loosen and move the knot away from the seam.

  19. Stitch a new seam to remove the excess. For instance, if the headband is 1 inch too large, stitch ½ inch from the first stitching. This shortens the headband ½ inch on both sides which equals 1 inch.

  20. Try on the headband and if it fits fine, seam finish next to the new stitching and clip off the extra fabric.

  21. Reposition the knot over the seam and your headband is ready to wear.

  22. Note: During wearing, the headband will stretch. First, wash it and it will go back to its original size. If after washing, it is still too large, repeat steps 18-21 above.

Provided by Wisconsin 4-H

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