Vintage touches are very much part of my style, and I enjoy working them into my everyday. My signature hairstyle has to be a beehive, which I love accessorising with a headscarf. In this tutorial I show you how to sew your own! And if you’d like to recreate this look, scroll to the bottom and you’ll find my beehive tutorial video.
You will need:
- 2 pieces of fabric measuring 40cm x 25cm and 40cm x 12cm
- 18cm of 2.5cm wide elastic
- safety pin
- matching thread
- sewing machine
Step 1. Cut your two pieces of fabric. I chose to use chiffon but you could use any lightweight drapey fabric, such as rayon, viscose, georgette, cotton voile or even Liberty Tana Lawn. The larger piece of fabric will become the front part of the headscarf and the smaller piece will encase the elastic at the back.
Step 2. Take the larger piece of fabric and along the two longer edges, stitch a tiny hem. I did this using my overlocker, but you could also sew a narrow double hem on a regular sewing machine.
Step 3. With right sides together, fold the smaller piece in half lengthways and align the raw edges. Pin along the long edge and stitch with a 1cm seam allowance, making sure to leave the two short edges unstitched. Pull the tube of fabric the right way out, and press flat so that the seam sits in the middle of one side.
Step 4. Using a safety pin, thread the length of elastic into the casing and secure at each end using pins. This will cause the fabric to ruche up.
Step 5. With a 1cm seam allowance, stitch through the fabric and elastic at both ends to anchor the elastic in place.
Step 6. To help the pieces fit together, create a couple of little pleats along the raw edges of the larger pieces. Keep the pleats fairly centred so that at least 4cm remains flat either side. The aim is to reduce the width of these ends to around 13cm, and of course it’ll look nicest if the pleats match on either side. You can do a little bit of experimentation with your pleating to get the best look for you. Once you’re happy, you might like to stitch the pleats in place within the 1cm seam allowance.
Step 7. With right sides together, align the raw edges of the elasticated casing with the larger pleated piece, making sure the casing is centred in the middle. Wrap the excess edges of the larger piece around the casing, overlapping at the back, so that the casing is completely sandwiched. Pin in place and stitch with a 1cm seam allowance. Repeat for the second casing edge.
Step 8. Pull the headscarf the right way round, hiding the raw edges within the fullness of the front band. Lovely and neat!
And voila! You’re done! I hope you enjoy wearing your beautiful creation. Remember they make quick, easy and beautiful presents too!
If you’d like to style your new headscarf with a beehive, tune into my tutorial below, or watch it on my YouTube channel.
Want to save this tutorial for later? Pin the image below to your Pinterest account so it’ll be there when you need it. Happy beehiving everyone!