It is pretty easy to make your own denim headband using recycled jeans. And the best part is, it will cost you less than a dollar!
First you need a plastic headband. I used one from the Dollar Store. They came in a pack of three:
You will also need an old pair of levis, preferably adult size. That way your strips will be longer.
Cut a slit on the bottom of one of the pant legs.
Now start ripping along the slit all the way up to the top of the leg, as far as you can go.
Continue cutting slits about 1 1/2″ wide, and ripping them up the leg. You will need three, one for each of the headbands.
When you get to the top, cut each strip of fabric loose from the pants, and trim off the bottom hem. Then cut a small piece off of one end, about 3/4″ long.
Take the small scrap and fold it over the end of the headband. Then wrap it around the band and secure it with hot glue. (This step is optional, but it ensures that the tip of the plastic headband won’t show.)
Repeat for the other tip of the headband.
Next take your long strip of denim and lay it on your work surface. Place the tip of the headband close to the edge of the denim strip. Wrap the denim over the headband and secure with hot glue.
Now pull the fabric at an angle and start wrapping it around the headband. Secure with small amounts of hot glue as you go. (Sorry, the photo turned out blurry.)
Continue wrapping till you get to the end of the headband. Make sure you secure the end piece well. It should look something like this when you are done:
You can either wear it as is, or add some embellishments. I added some denim rosettes that I made with the extra fabric from the pair of levis.
There you have it, a cute denim headband made from recycled jeans and a dollar store headband.