DIY No-Sew Wire Headband

September 7, 2016Sarah Khandjian
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Bad hair days begone with this adorable DIY wire headband! No sewing is required so you can quickly make one in all your favorite fabrics.

Happy Wednesday! Today I’m sharing how to make your own wire headband without having to sew a stitch. This DIY is inspired by messy hair days and all those times that you just don’t want to do your hair (or wash it, which, though I am embarrassed to admit it, is usually the case for me). Since going back to short hair a couple years ago, and giving up the ability to just put my hair in a messy bun, headbands have become one of my favorite hair accessories.

Love this DIY no-sew wire headband made with Rifle Paper Co. X Cotton & Steel fabric!

This project makes good use of those random scraps of fabric you may have stuffed in a basket. And if you don’t sew and don’t have extra fabric laying around, this is an excuse to buy a yard of a pretty print and make headbands for you and your bestie. I picked up this gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. fabric at my local fabric shop and made a dress with in (which I’ll be sharing soon) and ended up with these long random scraps that I just couldn’t bring my selfing to tossing.

Want to make your own no-sew wire headband? Watch the video below to see just how easy they are to make!


Twist or knot it! This easy to make wire headband doesn't require sewing.

DIY No-Sew Wire Headband


6″ x 32″ piece of fabric (I used a scrap of Rifle Paper Co. rayon fabric)
scraps of fabric, any kind
36″ piece of 18 gauge wire
wire cutters
fabric glue


  1. Fold the 6″ x 32″ piece of fabric in half lengthwise. Use scissors to trim both ends at an angle, making sure to cut through both layers of fabric each time.
  2. Open the folded fabric and fold the entire edge in about ½”. Pin into place* and then press with an iron.
  3. Remove pins and fold the fabric in half lengthwise. Use fabric glue to glue the edges together, aligning the ironed edges as you go. Be sure to leave of the short ends open to insert the wire.
  4. While the glue dries, cut a piece of 18 gauge wire that’s approximately 36″ long. Create a loop at each end, about 2″ down and wrap the short end of the wire around the longer piece. Repeat this with the other side.
  5. Use scrap of fabric to create padding for the headband by wrapping them around the wire and gluing the ends secure.
  6. Insert the fabric wrapped wire into the open end of the headband. Glue the short end closed, lining up the edges. Allow the glue to dry completely and your new headband is ready to be worn.

Need a last minute gift? Make a no-sew wire headband for all your besties!

*A Note About Pins

Whenever I’m sewing I use glass head pins rather than plastic head pins. That way when you iron you can iron right over them without having to remove them or worry about them melting. If you are using straight pins with plastic heads, be sure to remove them before pressing the fabric.

Use up scraps of your favorite fabrics to create this easy no-sew wire headband. (Click through for video tutorial)

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  • Carrie

    September 7, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Shut the front door!! This is TOO cute, and seems so simple to make…I need to craft one up ASAP!

  • Kali

    October 1, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Really cool, looks very simple to make. Check out my bandana that I made once for my blog:
    Greetings from Berlin,

  • Andrea

    October 28, 2017 at 4:08 am

    Amazing tutorial. You should make a video ?

  • Patricia

    December 3, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Head bands

  • Marianne

    May 14, 2018 at 12:05 pm


    Would u sell me 50 assorted and how much ? Thank You!

  • Emma McCallum

    July 18, 2018 at 3:11 am

    I love wearing head bands. This Is one I would wear. It has beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing

  • Mia-Jane Detton

    November 25, 2018 at 12:10 am

    What a Beautifully simple accessory! This will be an awesome gift for my daughter and others I know who could use a Quick ‘Do Trick! I’m making these tomorrow! LOOVE!!
    Thanks so much for sharing,

  • Aliza Liew

    January 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Sarah!

    These are too cute and really want to make one. I’m keen to watch the video – is it still available? I cannot find it on the page?!

    Aliza :)

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      January 18, 2019 at 8:28 am

      Thanks so much! You can view the video here.

  • Olivia

    July 14, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    I love this idea when i was in France i bought one just like that and now by your video and the one I got from France i am inspired to make them!!!!!!! Thanks i am excited about other cool things you will make!

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      July 14, 2019 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Olivia, I’m so happy to hear you are going to make some. They really are fun to wear! Happy crafting!

  • Emily

    September 10, 2019 at 6:18 pm


    I was wondering did this wire hold up when you washed the headband?

    Thank you!

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      September 10, 2019 at 7:43 pm

      I’ve only hand washed it but it held up just fine! I wouldn’t recommend machine washing it as the fabric could tear and damage other garments.

  • Tati R

    January 7, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    So darn cute! I’m going to make a whole bunch!

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