Open up your strip of fabric and fold the raw edge of one of the long sides of the fabric into the center crease.
Press again with your iron making it a nice and crisp fold.
Flip your strip of fabric over and fold the other long edge into the center.
Making sure your two folded edges are even,
Press again. You should have a strip of fabric approximately 2/3 of an inch across.
Open up one of the ends of you fabric strip and place one of the ribbons inside about 1 inch.
Pin in place.
*Optional: Right before you pin the ribbon in you can use your pinking sheers to trim the raw edges on the end. These edges will remain unfinished.
Repeat on the other side.
Now you're ready to sew.
The sewing we'll be doing is considered topstitching.
My secret to making my top stitching look a little more professional is to make my stitch length longer.
Average stitch length is about a 2. When I'm topstitching I set my length between 3 and 4.
For this project I set my length at 4 and moved my needle all the way to the right.
I used the edge of my pressure foot (1/4" seam guide) to line up the edge of the fabric.
Doing this though, you're actually stitching in a 1/8 inch seam because the needle has been moved all the way to the right.
Moving the needle makes it easier to get a very narrow seam and still be able to guide your fabric through.
Stitch down one long side and then the other.
Make sure you back stitch at the beginning and end of each line of stitching.
If you don't like the tie and prefer a traditional stretchy headband you can use this pattern for that to.
Omit the ribbon.
Use an hair elastic and simply clip it.
You will have to do a little measuring.
I measured my head where I wanted to wear the headband (23 inches gigantic I know).
I wanted my headband to be 1/2 - 1 smaller than my head so it would be just a little tight.
My elastic when cut open measured 5 inches.
My fabric strip was 18 inches, so I didn't need to trim anything.
Sew down the two long sides of the folded fabric strip.