Tuesday’s Tutorial: How To Macrame A Headband

Today’s tutorial will show you how to make a headband with two different closures. Back 1 and Back 2.

I am using 3 1/2 mm braided macrame cord since that is what I prefer to work with for headbands, belts and purses.

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This is the headband I will make today. Like this one but with different color dice. You will have a choice of closing the back with a slide closure (Back 1) or with an elastic ponytail holder (Back 2). I have labeled the photos as such where necessary.

OK. Ready? Pick a back closure and let’s get started.


Supplies/Tools Needed

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  • 15 yards of 3 1/2mm braided macrame cord
  • beads or other adornments
  • macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • T-pins
  • ruler/tape measure/yardstick
  • scissors
  • large hole steel embroidery needle
  • ponytail elastic (the thicker, stiffer kind) for Back 2

Directions To Make Macrame Headband (2 closures)

Step 1.

Cut 2 cords 4 yards in length.
Cut 2 cords 3 1/2 yards in length.

Step 2.

Find the center of the two 4 yard cords and mount to macrame board using T-pins.

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Row 1. Tie one Square Knot (SK) with these cords.

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  • Back 1: Leave 1/4″ loops at the top of SK. Don’t pull all the way down.
  • Back 2: Pull down tight on the top to eliminate any loops formed.

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Step 3.

Working with the two 3 1/2 yard cords, measure down 44″ on one side and mount one cord to the left of the SK created in Step 2. Long side on the end. Repeat for the second cord but mount it to the right side of the SK on the macrame board. Long side on the end.

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Row 2. Tie a SK with the 4 cords on the right and a SK with the 4 cords on the left. Number cords 1-8.

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For Back 2, place one end of the ponytail holder UNDER Cords 4 & 5. See photo for assistance.

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Step 4 – Rows 3 through 22 .

Continue tying square knots, alternating between one SK and two SK’s. Row 3=1 SK. Row 4=2 SK’s. Etc. Until you have 22 rows of Alternating Square Knots.

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The last row in this step should have TWO square knots.


Step 5.

Add a dice/bead to Cords 4 & 5.

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Tie 3 rows of alternating square knots under the dice/bead.

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Repeat until six (6) dice/beads have been added.

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Step 6.

Continue alternating rows of square knots, beginning with 2 SK’s under the last dice/bead. Next row, 1 SK, Next row, 2 SK’s. Repeat until you have 22 rows of ASK’s for Back 1 and 21 rows of ASK’s for Back 2.


Step 7 – The Back Closure.

This step shows you two different ways to close up the back. Cords 4 & 5 slide to close for Back 1. Cords 4 & 5 loop around the ponytail holder for Back 2.

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Back 1 Closure. Slide Cords 5 & 6 through the loops created at the top in Step 2. Pull on cords to open and close the back.

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Back 2 Closure. Flip your work so you are working on the underside. Tie one square knot with Cords 3-6 to secure ponytail holder. See photo for assistance.

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Step 8 – Burying Tail Cords.

This completes all knot tying. This next step is the hard part. It probably takes just as long as the knot tying. BUT for a finished look, the extra cords need to be BURIED into the knotwork.

You want to be careful to always go up through a knot to “catch” the cord. You don’t want to undo your knotwork and pull the knot out. Refer to photos for assistance. Work each cord upwards of the knotwork. One cord at a time. You can decide how far to go up. The further up, the better secure the back will be.

Flip your work. You will be working on the backside.


Step 9. Back 2 Closure.

All 8 cords need to be buried. I always start with Cord 5 (not sure why, I just do). Pull Cord 5 through opening of large-hole embroidery needle.

Burying Cord 5.

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Burying Cord 4.

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5 cords buried.

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All 8 cords buried.

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Pull up tight to smooth out. Trim cords close to the knots.

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Step 10. Back 1 Closure.

Bury only Cords 1-3 and 6-8. Cords 4 & 5 are used to slide close the back.

Basically you will follow the same steps as for Back 2, just have two fewer cords to bury.

Burying Cord 7.

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Burying Cord 1.

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6 cords buried.

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Pull up tight to smooth out. Trim cords close to the knots.

Tie overhand knots in Cords 4 & 5, trim ends. Slide to open and close.

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ALL DONE!! Enjoy.

Here’s a photo of both headbands. Completed length for both is 20″.

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7 comments on “Tuesday’s Tutorial: How To Macrame A Headband

  1. digipicsphotography says:

    I like those buttons/beads. Where did you find them?

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Sharon!! I can’t remember the exact store. It was either Lee’s Beauty Supply or Juno’s Wigs. I got them a couple years ago in all different colors. A dollar a pack.

  2. crystal says:

    Now cut that out, Donna!!! lol

    I don’t have time to make a headband!! There are too many projects (with their own supplies) waiting for me already!!!
    Really! I have a list.

    You do make it VERY tempting with these wonderful tutorials.

    Just excellent!

    • don_mae says:

      Hey Crystal!! Your post made me smile. Hopefully one day you will try your hand at one of my projects. But be warned. Macrame is addicting. You can’t just make one. Thanks!!

  3. Quilty says:

    You make it look so easy! :)
    If I didn’t need to sleep, I guess I might just get to have a go sometime. ;)

  4. How do u calculate measurments for your projects? I want to make a cuff bracelet but don’t wanna run out of cord mid way.

    • don_mae says:

      Hi there Ameika, you probably won’t like my answer. :D

      You get different results due to the type of cord used and the type of knots in the design.

      I always do a test run by working up a section of the design. I tie the knots to see how much cord the design will take. And then I cut the cord longer than I think I will need. But you can always extend (add on) the cord if necessary, if you have miscalculated. I have two posts on extending.

      Don’t use your “best” cord or your “project” cord for the test run. Save that for when you know exactly how much cord you will need. Better safe than sorry. Hope this helps.

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