Make headbands out of groomsman neckties for your groomsgirls

Guestpost by Liz Gubernatis on Jun. 14th

headband complete!

Whether you have long hair, short hair, or no hair, a headband is an accessory that's easy to wear. For those of you with gender-blind wedding parties, this can be a cute little statement piece "tie"-ing the looks of your groomsladies to the looks of your bridesdudes, for example.

Here's how to turn a necktie into a headband.

Materials and Tools

  • Necktie
  • Elastic
  • Scissors
  • Matching or coordinating thread
  • Needle or sewing machine (I tend to machine sew, but this is easy enough to hand-stitch)

Step 1: Measure about 20-22inches of the skinny end of your necktie and cut.

Cut 20-22 inches from skinny end of tie

Step 2: Cut pointy end off necktie.

Cut off the pointy end

Step 3: Cut two inches of elastic.

Cut 2 inches of elastic

Step 4: Turn cut edges of necktie in.

fold ends in

On the formerly pointy end, this should be easy. On the other end, you may need to fold the fabric back and remove about an inch of the padding material to make turning in easier.

may need to peel back fabric and cut center out

Step 5: Center elastic in the opening, placing half an inch in each side and pin in place.

headbands pinned

Try it on. If it's too tight, loosen the elastic and/or cut a larger piece and try again. If it's too loose, tighten the elastic, and/or cut a bit more from the tie.

Step 6: Once it's a good fit, stitch each edge of the necktie closed, catching the elastic. Use backstitching or a second row of stitches to ensure good hold on elastic.

Stitch in place



This is a simple way to tie a lot of looks together. It's also easy to size down for kidlets, and don't let the rest of the "tie" go to waste! There are lots of projects for recycling ties — even turning the remaining "fat half" of the tie into a clip-on version.


If you want to hide the elastic for some reason, you can cut the whole thing another inch and a half or so longer and then slide the entire elastic inside, stretching it as you stitch down the center of it, to encase it in the fabric of the tie but still get the effects of the stretchiness.

completed blue headband

Your Turn!

Will you tie one on your gorgeous head? Tell us how you'll make this look your own in the comments below.

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About Liz Gubernatis

Liz is a Pepsi addict who married her sword-wielding urban Viking (who probably inspired the “What’s in YOUR wallet?” commercials) on 1-1-11. Originally from Nebraska, she spent some time on the East Coast but left before it made her hard-hearted, landing back in the Midwest, where she thrives. She sews, paints, cooks, bakes, plays with paper, computers and cats, loves chocolate, peanut butter, and popcorn, and frequently purges her apartment to make room for more fabric, craft supplies, and projects to play with.